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Episode 150- Andrew Hawkins on Maximize Your Opportunities

September 1, 2022 • Athletes & Coaches
Andrew Hawkins

Andrew “Hawk” Hawkins is a former NFL player, sports executive, and Emmy Award-nominated host. He played seven seasons in the NFL for the Cincinnati Bengals and the Cleveland Browns, while earning his Master’s degree from Columbia University with a 4.0 GPA. After retiring from the NFL, Hawk began his media career at ESPN as an anchor of SportsCenter on Snapchat. He co-hosts his own podcast, “Thom & Hawk” with Joe Thomas and recently co-founded sports technology company, Status Pro. On this episode, we talk about his long journey to the NFL, how to channel doubt into fuel, and why the best things in life are hard.

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Show Notes

  • Hawk’s long journey to the NFL and the creative ways he got his foot in the door (2:06)
  • How he maintained his drive through adversity (9:03)
  • Imposter syndrome (8:23)
  • Using your journey and your story to inspire others (11:47)
  • Earning his master’s from Columbia with a 4.0 GPA while playing in the NFL (14:54)
  • “Is it impossible or is it very hard?” (16:00)
  • Outwork the competition (17:00)
  • How to deal with rejection (18:28)
  • Hawk’s advice on what it takes to achieve your goals (19:56)
  • How he broke into the media industry after his NFL career (23:05)
  • Let your authenticity shine through (25:22)
  • Have a “show up” mentality (26:35)
  • What he’s learned from Lebron James (27:48)
  • How he applies the athlete mindset to business (30:24)
  • How his new venture Status Pro is revolutionizing … (32:33)
  • The lesson he wants to pass on to his three kids (35:08)


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