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NFL Wide Receiver Andrew Hawkins was inspirational to watch during his time in the NFL, but now the former receiver has found a new way to inspire. Over the weekend, he graduated from Columbia University and received his master’s, and he did it with a 4.0 GPA.

The receiver earned his master’s degree from Columbia in sports management and has not announced what his next move after football will be. But he has his eyes set on going from running on the field to running the business behind the scenes.

Hawkins played for the Cleveland Browns from 2014 through 2016, appearing in 39 games, receiving 1,424 yards. Prior to that, he spent three years with the Cincinnati Bengals.

Hawkins began working on his master’s degree in spring of 2015, between seasons with the Browns. The team released him this past February. But that didn’t stop his drive.

This spring, Hawkins spent every Monday flying from Los Angeles to New York, where he’d gather material for a week’s worth of classes before catching a plane back to Los Angeles that night, according to New York Daily News.

In off-seasons before that, he made the same trip starting from Tampa, Fla.

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