DeAndre Rashaun Hopkins plays for the Arizona Cardinals of the National Football League (NFL). He plays in the position of a wide receiver. Nicknamed "Nuk", Hopkins was born on June 6, 1992. He played college football at Clemson and was drafted in the 2013 NFL Draft by the Houston Texans in the first round. He was the 27th overall pick. Hopkins signed a four-year contract of $7.68 million with the Texans with a guaranteed $6.18 million including a signing bonus of $3.98 million. He is a five-time Pro Bowler and has also been named to five All-Pro teams.
Hopkins recorded 5 receptions and 55yards in his debut match against the San Diego Chargers. Although he didn’t have quite the rookie season due to bad coaching and underperformance by his teammates, he earned a spot on the NFL All-Rookie Team for the 2013 season. Hopkins had solidified his role in the team as the number one wide receiver by the 2015 season. He finished with 111 receptions for 1521 yards and 11 touchdowns, earning his first-ever Pro Bowl nomination and also made the second-team All-Pro.
On the 3rd of August, 2017, Hopkins renewed his deal with Houston Texans, an $81 million five-year contract with guaranteed $49 million including a $7.5 million signing bonus. For the 2017 season, he was named as a First Team All-Pro and was ranked 13th by his fellow players on the NFL Top 100 Players of 2018.
On March 20, 2020, the Texans traded Hopkins to the Arizona Cardinals, which was highly criticized, being deemed as ‘one of the worst of all time’ by many sportswriters. Hopkins extended his contract with the Cardinals by signing a two-year, $54.5 million deal on September 8, 2020. Hopkins was named the NFC Offensive Player of the Week for his Week 10 performance of the season. Hopkins finished the 2020 season with 115 receptions for 1,407 receiving yards and six receiving touchdowns. He set a new franchise mark for a single season with his 115 receptions, which was previously by Larry Fitzgerald.