Donald Hawkins playing with a Texas-sized chip

Posted Monday, Sep. 01, 2014  comments  Print Reprints

Have more to add? News tip? Tell us

When the Dallas Cowboys claimed tackle Donald Hawkins off waivers from the Browns, they ended a whirlwind week for him and put a nice bow on a bad draft class from the University of Texas.

Hawkins signed with the Philadelphia Eagles after going undrafted in the 2014 NFL Draft. -- like every other draft eligible player from Texas for the first time since 1938.

He played in three preseason games with the Eagles before being cut last week and being picked up by the Cincinnati Bengals for the final preseason game.

Hawkins was cut by the Bengals on Saturday and then claimed by the Cowboys on Sunday.

“I’m glad to be here,” Hawkins said. “I’m glad they did sign me to give me an opportunity.

“All I ever wanted was an opportunity. Yes, it’s been a whirlwind week. Going from Philadelphia to Cleveland, my head definitely was spinning, and I was just hoping I could land some where and start my career. I’m praying Dallas is a place I could start my career.”

While Hawkins is only rookie from Texas to land on an NFL roster in 2014 -- cornerback Carrington Byndom is on the Panthers practice squad -- the Cowboys are getting a thankful but motivated player still with a Texas-sized chip on his shoulder.

“It’s all definitely motivation after being one of the guys not being drafted at Texas,” Hawkins said. “I have been playing with a chip on my shoulder since high school, because of not being able to play Division I out of high school and having to go to junior college and making that transition at Texas. And then making the transition to the NFL after being undrafted was definitely a chip. And after being cut twice, it just makes the chip even bigger, play harder and thank God for being in the position I’m in right now.”

Looking for comments?

We welcome your comments on this story, but please be civil. Do not use profanity, hate speech, threats, personal abuse or any device to draw undue attention. Our policy requires those wishing to post here to use their real identity.

Our commenting policy | Facebook commenting FAQ | Why Facebook?

Thursday, October 30Full Scoreboard
No games today
Full Scoreboard
Thursday, October 30Full Scoreboard
Washington 10/30 7:00 PM ET
Orlando TV: CSN-DC, FSN-FL
New York 10/30 8:00 PM ET
Cleveland TV: TNT
Detroit 10/30 8:00 PM ET
Minnesota TV: FSN-DET, FSN-N
Utah 10/30 8:30 PM ET
Oklahoma City 10/30 10:30 PM ET
LA Clippers TV: TNT
Full Scoreboard
Week 9Full Scoreboard
New Orleans 8:25 PM ET
Carolina TV: NFL Network
Jacksonville 1:00 PM ET
Cincinnati TV: CBS
Tampa Bay 1:00 PM ET
Cleveland TV: FOX
Arizona 1:00 PM ET
Dallas TV: FOX
Philadelphia 1:00 PM ET
Houston TV: FOX
NY Jets 1:00 PM ET
Kansas City TV: CBS
San Diego 1:00 PM ET
Miami TV: CBS
Washington 1:00 PM ET
Minnesota TV: FOX
St. Louis 4:05 PM ET
San Francisco TV: FOX
Denver 4:25 PM ET
New England TV: CBS
Oakland 4:25 PM ET
Seattle TV: CBS
Baltimore 8:30 PM ET
Pittsburgh TV: NBC
Indianapolis 8:30 PM ET
NY Giants TV: ESPN
Full Scoreboard
Thursday, October 30Full Scoreboard
Boston 10/30 7:00 PM ET
Winnipeg 10/30 7:00 PM ET
New Jersey TV: TSN3, MSG
Los Angeles 10/30 7:00 PM ET
Pittsburgh TV: NHLN, TVA2, FSN-W, ROOT
Chicago 10/30 7:30 PM ET
Philadelphia 10/30 7:30 PM ET
Tampa Bay TV: CSN-PHI, SUN
Arizona 10/30 7:30 PM ET
Florida TV: FSN-AZ, FSN-FL
San Jose 10/30 8:00 PM ET
Minnesota TV: CSN-CA, FSN-N+
Anaheim 10/30 8:00 PM ET
St. Louis TV: FSN-PT, FSN-MW
NY Islanders 10/30 9:00 PM ET
Colorado TV: MSG+, Altitude
Montreal 10/30 10:00 PM ET
Vancouver TV: RDS, SN360
Full Scoreboard