American football wide receiver Deandre Hopkins is one of NFL’s finest players who reached many career milestones in their very young years. Hopkins became NFL’s youngest player to achieve a 200 career reception and 3,000 career receiving yards. Born with a good height and body stats, perfect for an outside receiver, Hopkins is known for making those head fakes and quick moves that can deceive any defensive back. He is not known to be the kind who is afraid of contact downfield and has strong hands that could protect the ball from defenders extension.
Who is Deandre Hopkins and How Old is He?
Nicknamed “Nuuuk”, DeAndre Rashaun Hopkins was born on June 6, 1992, to his mother Sabrina Greenlee who raised him in Central, South Carolina. His father Harris Steve Hopkins died in a car accident leaving him under the care of his mother. His siblings include his brother Marcus Greenlee and two sisters Kesha Smith and Shanterria Cobb. The African-American also has an uncle named Terry Smith who played wide receiver at Clemson and had a brief professional career with the Indianapolis Colts. He was, however, shot dead by the police after stabbing his estranged wife.
Deandre Hopkins attended D. W. Daniel High School where he was active in the school’s basketball, track and field, as well as football teams. In basketball, he played the guard and point guard positions and scored 1,453 points for the D.W. Daniel Lions team. As per his high school football, he finished with 28 interceptions and 5 touchdowns on defence and 57 receptions for 1,266 yards and 18 touchdowns on offence.
Moving to Clemson University, where he enrolled for his college career, Deandre Hopkins played for the Clemson Tigers football team from 2010 to 2012. He was his team’s leading receiver, recording 52 receptions for 637 yards and 4 touchdowns as a true freshman. In his junior year also, he made one of the best receiving seasons in the history of the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) with his school-record 18 touchdowns and ACC-best 1,405 yards on 82 catches. This earned him the First Team All-Conference honours. On January 10, 2013, Hopkins left his senior college season at Clemson to join the NFL draft. He left with a career record of 3,020 receiving yards, 27 career touchdowns, with at least one score in each of his last 12 games.
Career and Injury Stats
Leaving Clemson with an impressive record, DeAndre Hopkins was selected by the Houston Texans in the first round (27th overall pick) of the 2013 NFL Draft. He was ranked third-best wide receiver prospect by NFL.com and was Sports Illustrated’s fourth-best. Hopkins was also the Houston Texans’ second wide receiver to be drafted in the first round. The first was Andre Johnson who was selected third overall in 2003.
Brown’s first professional game with the Texans was against the Diego Chargers where his team graced its season’s opener with a 31-28 victory. His first career touchdown, however, was in a match against the Tennessee Titans and he recorded his very first hundred-plus receiving yards. The South Carolina native ended his rookie season with 52 receptions for 802 receiving yards and 2 touchdowns. He then crowned it with NFL’s All-Rookie Team for the 2013 season.
In the 2017 season, the Houston wide receiver was out of the football arena in the 17th week due to a knee injury. In spite of that, he was able to make good records, winning the First-Team All-Pro for the season and leading the league in receiving touchdowns. Hopkins was also ranked 13th by his fellow players on NFL’s Top 100 Players for 2018. His 2018 season was equally fantastic as he gained his third Pro Bowl as well as his second straight first-team All-Pro, after recording a career-high 115 catches for 1,572 receiving yards and no drops in the regular season.
Meanwhile, in Texans’ 21–7 game loss to the Colts, the African-American wide receiver suffered a third grade AC joint sprain in his right shoulder. Brown suffered the injury in the first half of the game and made several attempts to return to the field but his efforts were futile as he may be off for the entire 2019 season to get healthy. Despite his team’s loss to the Colts, Brown was able to record 5 receptions for 37 yards. His career stats from 2013 to 2018 shows he has 528 total reception for 7,437 receiving yards and 47 touchdowns.
How Tall is He?
Nuk has a good height and physique fit for his football position. The American wide receiver is one inch above six feet or 1.85 m with a total body weight of 215 lbs. Despite his good strength and height, some analysts still believe his successes rely on his massive hands which span a width of 10 inches.
Brown has two nicknames with the first being Nuk – inspired by a brand of pacifiers and the second is “Ralph” – given to him by his high school friends because they felt that he was fond of wearing Polo.