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25 Artrell Hawkins S
Artrell Hawkins, Jr. was born the son of Artrell and Althea Hawkins on November 24, 1976 ... Attended Bishop McCort High School in Johnstown, Penn. ... Was named conference offensive player of the year as a senior after rushing for a school record 1,487 yards, including a single-game record 265 yards, and 26 touchdowns ... His father, Artrell Hawkins, Sr. was a three-year letterman at the University of Pittsburgh and was signed by the Pittsburgh Steelers as a rookie free agent in 1981 ... Also lettered in basketball and baseball ... Majored in business at Cincinnati.
Artrell Hawkins was signed by the Patriots as a veteran free agent on Nov. 16, 2005 ... Originally selected in the second round (43rd overall) of the 1998 NFL Draft by the Cincinnati Bengals ... Released by the Bengals (3/5/04) ... Signed by the Carolina Panthers (3/10/04) ... Released by the Panthers (3/1/05) ... Signed by the Washington Redskins (6/23/05) ... Released by the Redskins (8/27/05).
Artrell Hawkins returned an interception 102 yards for a touchdown with the Cincinnati Bengals in 2002.
Career GP/GS (Playoffs): 122/92 (5/5)
Hawkins has appeared in 122 career games with 92 starts and has recorded 482 tackles (415 solo), 11 interceptions for 166 yards and a touchdown, 70 passes defensed, 12 forced fumbles and six fumble recoveries.
Hawkins was signed by the Patriots on Nov. 16, 2005, and transitioned from cornerback to safety to help a secondary that had suffered numerous injuries. He started four of the five games he appeared in and posted 16 tackles, including a season- high seven stops and a sack in a start against Tampa Bay (12/17/05). He also started both playoff games at safety.
In 2004, Hawkins started four of 14 games for the Carolina Panthers while serving as the nickel back for most of the season.
In six seasons with the Bengals (1998-2003), Hawkins started 72 of 89 games at cornerback and was credited with 375 tackles and nine interceptions.
Hawkins's most productive season as a pro came in 2002 when he started 15 games and had a career- high 76 tackles with two interceptions.
On Nov. 3, 2002, Hawkins intercepted Houston's David Carr and returned the ball 102 yards for a touchdown. The play is tied for the third longest interception return in NFL history entering the 2006 season. Hawkins earned AFC Defensive Player of the Week honors following the game.
2006 (14/12/0/2): Finished tied for first on the team with 15 special teams tackles ... Tied for the team lead in passes defensed once in 2006 (at GB) ... Led the team or tied for the team lead in special teams tackles five times in 2006 (vs. BUF, at BUF, at MIN, vs. IND, at GB) ... Tied a career-high with 10 tackles in the Patriots' 28-21 victory over Detroit (12/03/06).
Buffalo (9/10): Saw action in a reserve role at safety in the Patriots' 19-17 victory over the Bills ... Collected a tackle and a quarterback hit in the victory ... Tied for the team lead with two special teams tackles. at N.Y. Jets (9/17): Inactive. Denver (9/24): Inactive. at Cincinnati (10/1): Returned to the lineup and started at safety ... Tallied five tackles (3 solo) in the Patriots' commanding 38-13 victory over the Bengals. vs. Miami (10/8): Started at safety and registered four tackles (2 solo) in the Patriots' 20-10 win over the Dolphins. at Buffalo (10/22): Saw significant action in a reserve role at safety and on special teams coverage units ... Collected a solo special teams tackle in the Patriots' 28-6 road victory over the Bills. at Minnesota (10/30): Made the start at safety and recorded five tackles (4 solo) in the Patriots' commanding 31-7 road win against the Vikings ... Limited Bethel Johnson to just a 19-yard gain on a thirdquarter kickoff return ... Tied for the team lead with two special teams tackles. Indianapolis (11/5): Made the start at safety ... Notched three tackles ... Teamed with Junior Seau to stuff Joseph Addai for a 1-yard loss on a rush off right tackle in the second quarter ... Forced and recovered a Terrence Wilkins fumble on a kickoff return in the third quarter ... Tied for the team lead with two special teams tackles on coverage units. vs. N.Y. Jets (11/12): Started at safety and notched six tackles (4 solo) and an interception ... Intercepted a Chad Pennington pass intended for Laveranues Coles in the second quarter. at Green Bay (11/19): Started at safety ... Registered three tackles (2 solo) and a pass defensed in the Patriots' 35-0 road victory over the Packers ... Broke up a pass intended for Greg Jennings with a vicious hit along the sideline in the first quarter ... Tied for the team lead with two special teams tackles. vs. Chicago (11/26): Made the start at safety and collected five tackles (3 solo) in the Patriots' 17-13 victory over the Bears. vs. Detroit (12/3): Started at safety ... Tied a career-high with 10 tackles (8 solo) and a forced fumble in the Patriots' 28-21 comeback victory over the Lions ... Halted a potential Lions scoring drive by forcing Kevin Jones to fumble at the Patriots' 5-yard line and the loose ball was recovered by Mike Vrabel ... Registered a special teams tackle in coverage units. at Miami (12/10): Started at safety and notched five solo tackles. vs. Houston (12/17): Started at safety and registered five tackles (2 solo) in the Patriots' commanding 40-7 victory over the Texans ... Registered three special teams tackles in the win. at Jacksonville (12/24): Started at safety and notched four tackles (3 solo) in the Patriots' 24-21 division-clinching win over the Jaguars ... Stuffed Maurice Jones-Drew for a 1-yard loss on a rush up the middle in the third quarter. at Tennessee (12/31): Started at safety ... Posted six tackles (5 solo) and a pass defensed in the Patriots' 40-23 victory over the Titans ... Broke up a deep pass intended for Brandon Jones on a fourth-and-seven play in the fourth quarter ... Registered two special teams tackles on coverage units.2006 Postseason (3/3/0/0): vs. N.Y. Jets (1/7): Made the start at safety ... Collected four tackles (2 solo) in the Patriots' 37-16 AFC Wild Card victory over the the N.Y. Jets ... Teamed with Tedy Bruschi to stuff Leon Washington for no gain on a rush off left guard in the first quarter ... Notched a special teams stop on coverage units. at San Diego (1/14): Started at safety ... Registered seven solo tackles and a sack in the Patriots' 24-21 AFC Divisional Playoff victory over the Chargers ...Came off the edge with a perfectly-timed blitz and sacked Philip Rivers for an 11-yard loss on third-and-seven in the second quarter. at Indianapolis (1/21): Started at safety and notched three solo tackles.
2005 (5/4, 2/2): Started four of the final five regularseason games and both playoff contests at safety ... Signed as a free agent (11/15) ... Recorded 16 tackles (12 solo), a sack and two special teams tackles. New Orleans (11/20): Saw significant time as a reserve at cornerback and collected two tackles (1 solo). Kansas City (11/27): Started at safety and registered two solo tackles. N.Y. Jets (12/4): Started at safety and collected four tackles (3 solo). Tampa Bay (12/17): Started at safety ... Recorded seven tackles (5 solo) and a sack ... Dropped Chris Simms for a 1-yard sack in the first quarter. N.Y. Jets (12/26): Started at safety and registered a solo tackle ... Tied for the team lead with two special teams tackles. Jacksonville (1/7): Started at safety and registered five tackles (4 solo). Denver (1/14): Started at safety and collected three tackles (2 solo) and a pass defensed ... Broke up a pass intended for Jeb Putzier in the third quarter.
2004 (14/4 - Carolina Panthers): Played in 14 games and started four as the team's nickel back, collecting 29 tackles (24 solo), one interception, six pass deflections and three forced fumbles. New Orleans (12/5): Had an interception and two tackles and one pass defl ection. Denver (10/10): Started the game and had a season-high five tackles.
2003 (14/9 - Cincinnati Bengals): Played in 14 games with nine starts for the Bengals ... Recorded 55 tackles, two interceptions, eight passes defensed, one forced fumble and three special teams stops. Pittsburgh (11/30): Started at left cornerback and collected one interception, picking off a Tommy Maddox pass ... Also recorded five tackles, one pass defensed and one forced fumble.
2002 (15/15 - Cincinnati Bengals): Started at right cornerback in all 15 games he played ... Led the Bengals secondary with a career-high 76 tackles and tied for the team lead with two interceptions ... Also recorded two sacks, six passes defensed, one forced fumble and two fumble recoveries ... Was named AFC Defensive Player of the Week for his performance at Houston (11/3) after intercepting a David Carr pass two yards deep in the end zone and returning it 102 yards for a touchdown and posting seven tackles ... His interception return equaled cornerback Louis Breeden's 102-yard interception return for a touchdown at San Diego (11/8/81) and Eric Bieniemy's 102-yard kickoff return for a touchdown at the New York Giants (10/26/97) for the longest play in team history and was one yard short of the longest interception return in NFL history, accomplished by Vencie Glenn of San Diego in 1987 and Louis Oliver of Miami in 1992.
2001 (14/13 - Cincinnati Bengals): Played in 14 games, starting 13 at right cornerback, and was inactive for two contests ... Finished tied for the team lead with three interceptions ... Tallied 59 tackles, six passes defensed, two forced fumbles and one fumble recovery.
2000 (16/6 - Cincinnati Bengals): Appeared in all 16 games and made six starts at right cornerback, starting the first four and last two contests of the season ... Totaled 47 tackles, nine passes defensed, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery ... Led the Bengals with 12 special teams stops. Jacksonville (12/17): Amassed a season-high seven tackles and forced a fumble against running back Fred Taylor.
1999 (14/13 - Cincinnati Bengals): Made 13 starts in 14 games and was inactive for two contests, accumulating 68 tackles, 16 passes defensed, two forced fumbles and one fumble recovery.
1998 (16/16 - Cincinnati Bengals): Started all 16 games at right cornerback as a rookie and finished tied for the team lead with three interceptions ... Also led the Bengals with 17 passes defensed ... Finished with 70 tackles, one sack, two forced fumbles, one fumble recovery and one special teams tackle.
Finished his Cincinnati career with 139 tackles, four interceptions, 32 passes defensed, three forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries in 41 games with 27 starts. 1997 Senior (1997): Made 11 starts and registered 46 tackles, two interceptions, including a 38- yard interception return for a touchdown, 14 passes defensed and one forced fumble, helping lead the Bearcats to their first bowl appearance since 1950. Junior (1996): Started 11 contests and posted 45 tackles, one interception, 11 passes defensed, two forced fumbles and one fumble recovery.
When Artrell's father, Artrell Sr., signed with the Pittsburgh Steelers as a rookie free agent in 1981, owner Art Rooney gave then four-year-old Artrell Jr. a signed football that read, "To my friend Artrell, hope you will be a big star." He still has the football to this day.
When Artrell was drafted 43rd overall in the 1998 NFL Draft, he became the second highest player drafted in the history of the University of Cincinnati.