Team Frugal: Andrew Hawkins
Being frugal is about more than being stingy with your money. It means being prudent, smart and economical with your finances and career decisions. Every Tuesday, we share profiles of athletes that exemplify what it means to be A Frugal Athlete.
As an athlete you only have so many years to make the most of your career. Championships, playoffs, winning trophies, and lifelong memories aren’t guaranteed so it’s important to make the most of the opportunities that you may have. A career can be taken away at a moment’s notice. It’s a blessing to play a sport for a profession but that will ultimately come to an end.
How are you preparing now so your transition is as smooth as possible is a question far too many athletes wait to long to act on.
Andrew Hawkins coming from a football family with an older brother and fellow relatives that played, knew that his football career would eventually end, so he made sure it was on his terms.
Andrew Hawkins didn’t have a conventional route to a successful NFL career. He went undrafted and started out in the CFL. From there he was able to prove himself and went on to play 6 years in the NFL before recently retiring on his terms.
What’s most impressive from Andrew’s story besides his hard work and strongwill to overcome adversity is his foresight to create a plethora of opportunities off the field to help his seamless transition post playing.
Hawkins continued his education and received his Masters of Science in Sports Administration from Colombia while playing as well as completed an internship with Uninterrupted during an offseason. Hawkins frequently was a guest analyst on ESPN and partnered with various entities such as Morgan Stanley.
Because Hawkins did the leg work during his career by leveraging his platform and thinking ahead, he has created quite a niche for himself.
Hawkins sacrificed now so he was able to reap the rewards later. He’s a great example of an athlete who took advantage of his platform to create different opportunities for himself. Continuing his education is a big point of emphasis. For many athletes that leave school early, it’s important to have a plan whether it’s finishing school or even continuing further education like Hawkins. As an athlete getting into the workforce, your experience may not be enough so it’s important to get the credentials you may need. For example, to be a college NCAA soccer coach you need to have a minimum bachelor’s degree on top of your respective coaching license. Hawkins for his particular degree states he pursued his Masters to help bump him higher up the pecking order for his ultimate goal of being a General Manager.