Veteran NFL wide receiver Andrew Hawkins announced his retirement today, with training camps about to head into full swing around the league. Also, former NFL head coach Gary Kubiak has returned to the Denver Broncos after stepping away from the NFL at the beginning of this year due to health issues.

Hawkins announces retirement after six seasons

Veteran Andrew Hawkins has surprisingly announced his retirement from the NFL, only two months after signing with the defending Super Bowl champion New England Patriots. Hawkins talked about his decision to retire on all-digital programming network 'Uninterrupted', saying of his of his body “Basically it just started breaking down on me” when he was practicing during summer training and OTAs.

He added that he would now be focusing on earning his Ph.D. in business and economics. Earlier this year, Hawkins earned his master's degree from Ivy League school Columbia with a 4.0 GPA. Hawkins spent six seasons playing in the NFL, three with the Cincinnati Bengals and three with the Cleveland Browns. He played in 74 games and started 30 of them in his career. He had career totals of 209 receptions, 2,419 receiving yards and 9 receiving touchdowns.

Kubiak is returning to the Denver Broncos

Former player and coach Gary Kubiak is once again returning to the Denver Broncos, as the team has announced that they have officially hired him as a senior personnel adviser. Kubiak said that he was “excited to get to work” and is thrilled that he can still be involved in the game he loves.

He will be based in Texas and participate in player evaluations in the state, although he will make trips to the team's complex in Denver throughout the year.

Kubiak coached the Broncos for two seasons, going 21-11 (.645) in the regular season and 3-0 in the playoffs. He coached the team to their third Super Bowl victory in his first season, defeating the Carolina Panthers 24-10.

Last season he was hospitalized after the team's week five loss to the Atlanta Falcons and missed the week six game against San Deigo Chargers.

Kubiak has a long history with the team, as he was the team's backup quarterback from 1983 to 1991. He later became the team's quarterbacks coach and offensive coordinator from 1995 to 2005.

He then became the Houston Texans head coach for eight seasons, going 61-64 (.488) and making the playoffs twice. He then took a year off before returning to the team as the head coach.

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