Hopkins, who played multiple sports in high school and college, has been written into the Houston franchise history books and we feel he still has a lot to give.
DeAndre Hopkins Bio
Hopkins was born DeAndre Rashaun Hopkins in Central, Pickens County, South Carolina on June 6, 1992. At DW Daniel High School, Andre was on the school’s football, basketball, and track teams. He excelled in all sports, such that when he started he had recorded 18 touchdowns and 57 receptions for 1,266 yards on offense, 28 interceptions and 5 touchdowns on defense.
During his high school football career, Hopkins recorded 57 receptions for 1,266 yards and 18 touchdowns on offense and 28 interceptions and 5 touchdowns on defense. He also scored 1,453 career points for his exploits and picked up Freelance Mail Player of the Year in his senior year.
In DeAndre Hopkins’ rookie season at Clemson University in 2010, he had 52 receptions, 637 yards and 4 touchdowns. Each of those stats continued to climb through his sophomore and junior seasons, the latter in which he sealed 18 touchdowns, the most of any Clemson University player. He was named to the All-Conference First Team for his contribution.
In January 2013, Andre chose to spend his final year of college trying out for the draft. During the fiscal year, he was highly rated and selected in the first round (27th overall) by the Houston Texans.
In July 2013, the South Carolina native signed the dotted lines on a four-year, $7.62 million deal.
Despite many of his performances clouded by the inefficiency of starting quarterback Matt Shaub, Hopkins finished his rookie season with 52 receptions for 802 passing yards and was called up by the NFL All-Rookie Squad.
Working under a new coach for the 2014 season, Hopkins had an improved season. He posted several games with 100 or more receiving yards, finishing the campaign with a team-high 76 receptions for 1,240 yards and 6 touchdowns. He started all 16 regular season games.
In 2015, following the departure of veteran player Andre Johnson, Hopkins became the undisputed wide receiver forward for the Texans. By the end of the 2016 season, the wide receiver had put his name among the company of icons like Antonio Brown and Julio Jones. He also posted his career-best stats, with 111 receptions, 1,521 receptions and 11 touchdowns, the latter of which became the team’s all-time most touchdowns.
He was named to his first Pro Bowl as a result of his performances and also made the All-Pro Second Team, ending up in 19th place on the NFL’s Top 100 Players in 2016.
By his own standards, 2016 was not a good season as he recorded the lowest stats in his professional career so far. This was partly due to the shortcomings of quarterback Brock Osweiler.
In August 2017, DeAndre Hopkins signed a new five-year contract worth $81 million. He improved on his game from the previous season and was rewarded with his second Pro Bowl, as well as his first All-Pro first-team honors for leading his team in receiving touchdowns and points.
DeAndre Hopkins Family – Parents and Siblings
The footballer’s nuclear family tree is intertwined with dark stories. He was born to Sabrina Greenlee and Harris Steve Hopkins, a career drug dealer who died when DeAndre was just five months old.
He and his mother were in the car with Harris, the vehicle grabbed an obstacle, somersaulted and crashed into a guardrail. He died a week later due to the severity of his injuries. Harris had been out on bail at the time of his death, leaving only Sabrina to care for Hopkins and his siblings. Sabrina therefore had to work several jobs in order to be able to finish.
In 2002, Hopkins’ mother suffered severe burns to over 17% of her body when she was sprayed with a mixture of bleach and jye by a woman she had surprised her boyfriend with. She was in a coma for three weeks and had to undergo a skin graft to save her face. This tragic experience left her with only 60% vision in her left eye and total blindness in her right.
The woman who attacked her was later sentenced to 20 years in prison for assault and assault with intent to kill.
DeAndre Hopkins has two older siblings, Kesha and Marcus, who is from a previous relationship his mother had. Her younger sister, Shanterria Cobb, also attended DW Daniel High School, where she was an outstanding basketball athlete.
Her sister, Kesha, is a basketball coach and slots catcher for the Houston Wildcats in the Independent Women’s Football League.
Everything you need to know about DeAndre Hopkins
1. DeAndre’s major at Clemson University was community recreation, sports, and camp management.
2 Hopkins has an older cousin, Jacks Austin, who also played football for Clemson. At Clemson, he unsuccessfully attempted suicide, leaving himself blind in his right eye and deficient in his left wing. This ended his football career
3. DeAndre is known as “Nuk,” a nickname inspired by a brand of lollipops. His second nickname, “Ralph,” was given to him by his high school buddies because they thought he wore a lot of polo.
4. The footballer may have played football and basketball but his second favorite sport is football
5. The wide receiver is arguably talented. But many analysts and publications believe that part of his success lies in his hands. DeAndre used his hands 10 inches wide to capture one-handed catches in spectacular fashion.
6. Hopkins’ uncle, Terry Smith, was shot dead by police in 1997 after he stabbed his estranged wife and later refused to comply with officers. He also played football at Clemson
7. The South Carolina boy often hosts a back-to-school giveaway that provides school supplies to about 2,500 kids. The campaign is called the “SMOOOTH Campaign”. It means “Speaking mentally from the outside, opening possibilities for healing”