In the 2013 NFL Draft, the Houston Texans drafted a skillful, route-running receiver who had suction cups for fingers. Clemson wideout DeAndre Hopkins had a lot of potential, but few people saw him as the eventual best receiver in the league he has become.
Here we are on the cusp of the regular season opener. Hopkins is in a class with guys like Julio Jones and Antonio Brown, receivers who have been upper echelon stars for a number of years. Perhaps the best part about Nuk’s entire career is his easy-going, low maintenance persona.
Make no mistake though, Hopkins is a superstar. Even GQ thought so. The magazine published an interview written by Cam Wolf on Hopkins this past Tuesday.
Throughout the interview, Hopkins touches on several subjects.
As most Texans fans know, DeAndre has a passion for fashion. He called himself the “best dressed player in all of sports.” When he covers himself in expensive designer clothes from head to toe, it’s hard to argue.
He spoke on his goals beyond football as well. Nuk said that he wants to design clothes for all men and women. I’m not sure if Houston is a big hut for style, but if Hopkins starts having his own fashion shows, I may have to make my way over.
Perhaps his most powerful quotes came when Wolf asked him about Bob McNair’s comments from October 2017.
All of us know about the “inmates running the prison” comment that brought controversy as the anthem kneeling was drawing a lot of media attention. Hopkins mentioned that he almost chose to sit out the game in Seattle after he walked out of practice several days prior. He noted that the comment made him “feel like a slave again” and that he felt the need to stand up for something bigger than football.
Nuk also emphasized that Colin Kaepernick deserved a job in the NFL, as many inferior quarterbacks found themselves on teams. Few players are more qualified than Hopkins to speak on the amount of poor quarterback talent that exists in the league.
When asked about Deshaun Watson, Hopkins had high praise for the third year quarterback. He called it “one of the happiest moments” he has had during his football life when the Texans got Watson.
To close out the interview, Nuk said that the Super Bowl is the ceiling for the Texans this season because of all the pieces they have.
Nuk has been named a First Team All-Pro for both of the last two seasons. Pro Football Focus ranked him as the number one receiver in the league. He has 24 touchdowns over the last two seasons to go with 2950 yards. He is 27 years old and has missed a total of one game over six seasons.