Originally posted on Fox Sports Ohio  |  By Zac Jackson  |  Last updated 6/11/14
BEREA, Ohio - The minicamps and organized team activity sessions and workouts all run together after a while. With 90-man rosters, no hitting and many veterans either out on vacation or on the sideline nursing minor injuries, spring NFL football is for the dreamers. Six years in, Andrew Hawkins is still a dreamer. He's just a little more secure dreamer. Three months ago, the Cleveland Browns pried Hawkins away from the Cincinnati Bengals via restricted free agency. On the first day the Browns took to the practice fields in May, Hawkins took a minute to look around and reflect. In 2008, he was a tryout player with the Browns, working amongst other dreamers on these same practice fields, and was told he'd get a call back that never came. So he went to work -- as a caddie at a high-end country club, in a factory that made windmill engines, as a volunteer at his alma mater, Toledo, in the athletic marketing department -- and crashed on a friend's couch while hoping for another NFL shot....
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