CINCINNATI - After a tryout with the Cleveland Browns in the spring of 2008 didn't lead to a contract, Andrew Hawkins went to work.
He caddied at a high-dollar country club. He worked at a factory that made windmill engines. He volunteered with the University of Toledo football team and the school's athletic marketing department, and he served an internship with the Detroit Lions player personnel department, a crash-course on the finer points of NFL talent evaluation.
There, Hawkins learned tricks of the trade that NFL scouts use to find the next superstar and the next short-time contributor.
There, he learned that the eyes of the NFL generally aren't looking for guys like 5'7 Andrew Hawkins.
Last weekend, almost exactly four years and four months after participating in that rookie minicamp with the Browns, Hawkins scored his first NFL touchdown against the Browns in a 31-24 Cincinnati Bengals victory.
He scored one for little guys everywhere. And for perseverance.
"This is a moment...