DeAndre Hopkins is a National Football League (NFL) player who started his professional career with the Houston Texas after being his selection in the first round of the 2013 NFL Draft. Before that, he played college football at Clemson Universty (2010-2012) where he emerged as one of the most prolific passing offences in college football.
At 23 years old, Hopkins reached a milestone in his career as the third-youngest player in NFL history to reach 200 career receptions and 3,000 career receiving yards.
DeAndre Hopkins’ Early Life & Career Beginnings
DeAndre Rashaun Hopkins was born in Central, South Carolina on June 6, 1992, as the son of Sabrina Greenlee and Harris Steve Hopkins. He was raised by his mother Sabrina, along with his siblings – Kesha Smith (sister), Marcus Greenlee (brother) and Shanterria Cobb (sister), after his father died in a car accident.
He attended D. W. Daniel High School at his hometown and participated actively in sports while he was there. He not only played football but ran tracks and played basketball as well. After the Lions basketball team won their third South Carolina State Championship, during his senior season (2009–10), Hopkins was named the Independent Mail’s player of the year. In football, he recorded 23 touchdowns on both offense and defense; 57 receptions for 1,266 yards and 28 interceptions.
His Interesting Career Stats
DeAndre Hopkins committed to play for the Clemson Tigers football team at Clemson University where he enrolled to major in Community Recreation, Sport and Camp Management (2010 to 2012). While at Clemson, Hopkins was the school’s leading receiver and had one of the best receiving seasons in ACC history in 2012.
During his freshman and sophomore season (2010-2011), he recorded a total of nine touchdowns, covering 1,615 yards with 52 receptions. He had an ACC-best 1,405 yards on 82 catches with a school-record of 18 touchdowns (second in the nation) to earn First Team All-Conference honors. His combined record with wide receiver Sammy Watkins and quarterback Tajh Boyd placed him on the list of most prolific passing offenses in college football.
In all his 39 games at Clemson, Hopkins received for 3,020 yards to make 27 touchdowns. He skipped his senior year to enter the 2013 NFL Draft, with a very impressive record to perform at the NFL combine.
The Houston Texans selected DeAndre Hopkins in the first round with the 27th overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft. He became the second wide receiver in the team’s history (since 2003) to be drafted in the first round and he signed a four-year contract with the first three a guarantee.
His first professional game in the Houston Texans’ season-opener was graced with 31-28 victory against the San Diego Chargers. Hopkins made his first career touchdown on September 15, 2013, in the Texans’ 30–24 overtime victory against the Tennessee Titans. Although his rookie season was impaired by inconsistent quarterback and a benching after nine interceptions in five games, Hopkins was named to the NFL All-Rookie Team for the 2013 season.
Hopkins began the 2014 season as the starting wide receiver and finished as Houston’s leading receiver with a record six touchdowns, 76 receptions for 1,210 yards in 16 games and 16 starts.
The South Carolina native reached another milestone in his career in 2015 when he broke the Texans’ franchise record for most touchdown receptions in a season (11); was named second-team All-Pro, and earned his first career Pro Bowl nomination. He finished the season with career highs in receptions (111) and receiving yards (1,521).
Despite being ranked 19th on the NFL Top 100 Players of 2016, Hopkins recorded career-low scores since his rookie season (2013) with only four touchdowns and 78 receptions for 954 yards.
The Houston Texans renewed his contract for another five years (2017-2022) on August 31, 2017, and he played an impressive game in the season opener against the Jacksonville Jaguars. Hopkins ended the season – leading the team in receiving 13 touchdowns to earn his second Pro Bowl as well as got named as a First Team All-Pro for the 2017 season. Overall, he has played in 84 games (2013-2018), recording 38 TDs with 443 receptions for 6,380 yards.
Net Worth and Career Earnings
DeAndre Hopkins’ net worth is not yet known but his first four-year deal with the Texans on July 24, 2013, is worth $7.62 million, including a signing bonus of $3.93 million. His annual salary from 2013 to 2016 was pegged at $1 million. His extended five-year contract with the franchise on August 31, 2017, is worth $81 million with $49 million guaranteed and a signing bonus of $7.5 million.
Who is His Current Girlfriend?
Hopkins was reportedly in a brief affair with rapper Iggy Azalea before the rapper confirmed she was single again, stating that she never wants to change her ‘hoe’ ways just because she’s in a relationship.
The wide receiver has also dated two other women; Jennifer Lemmons (2013) and Colleen Crowley (2015) respectively and haven’t been in another as of 2018. In other words, he is presumed to be single.
Other Interesting Facts About DeAndre Hopkins
Height: 6ft 1in (1.85 m)
Weight: 215 lb (98 kg)
Ethnicity: African American
Zodiac sign: Gemini
Hair colour: Black
Eye colour: Black
NFL Position: Wide receiver (#10)
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards include:
ACC champion (2011)
First-team All-ACC (2012)
PFWA All-Rookie Team (2013)
Second-team All-Pro (2015)
2× Pro Bowl (2015 and 2017)
First-team All-Pro (2017)
NFL receiving touchdowns leader (2017)