In the old days, NFL veterans would hold a press conference to announce their retirement.
New England Patriots wide receiver Andrew Hawkins didn’t need that kind of attention. And this is the Age of Twitter. So the 31-year-old veteran posted a video on the UNINTERRUPTED Twitter account to announce he is calling it a career.
“Basically I just got off the phone with the New England Patriots and coach (Bill) Belichick and had to inform them of my decision to retire and hang up the cleats,” Hawkins said. “After OTAs and summer training, my body just didn’t respond and wasn’t feeling the way it should бн for training camp, let alone with the defending world champions.”
Undrafted out of Toledo, Hawkins caught on with the CFL’s Montreal Alouettes. He helped the team win consecutive Grey Cup championships.
Hawkins said he plans to start work on his PhD in business and economics early next year.
“To all the fans out there бн thank you for cheering for us, supporting us and rooting for us all these years,” Hawkins said. “You’ll never understand the blessing you have been to me and my family.”
Verlander turns 35 next February, so it makes sense that maybe he’s losing more zip on some of his pitches, and maybe that’s the reason for the downturn. That’s not true, though. Look at his velocity charts on Brooks Baseball. He’s actually throwing harder in 2017 than he was last year – his fastball is at 95.65 mph, up from 94.33, and that increase holds across the board.
He’s had a couple disaster starts this year, but overall his production has been solid. He’s lasted at least seven innings in nine of his 21 starts this season, and he has a 2.77 ERA over his four most recent starts. The “quality start” stat (at least six innings pitched, three or fewer earned runs allowed) is admittedly flawed, but Verlander has 12 of those this season.