McPherson native and former Kansas football standout Tanner Hawkinson has announced that he's retiring from the NFL.
Hawkinson announced on his Facebook page late Thursday that he was stepping away from the game after three seasons.
Hawkinson was drafted by the Cincinnati Bengals and later played with the Philadelphia Eagles and San Francisco 49ers. He recently was claimed on waivers by the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Hawkinson was an All-Big 12 player while at Kansas and started 48 consecutive games over 4 years.
Here is Hawkinson’s post on his Facebook page:
“There are times when good things come to an end. Today marks the end of an unbelievable chapter of my life that I have always dreamed of living. After much thought and consideration, I have decided to put an end to my NFL career. The game of football has provided me with amazing opportunities and experiences, but more importantly friendships that will last a lifetime. I will be forever grateful for the countless ways this sport has positively impacted my life. I would like to thank the Bengals, 49ers, Eagles and the Jaguars for giving me an opportunity to live out a childhood dream. I could go on for days thanking those individuals who have helped me along this journey. I have been fortunate to have so many great teammates and coaches that have enhanced my life. I was lucky to have the help of a great agent and friend, Jack Bechta, to help me throughout my three years in the NFL. To my family and friends – none of this would have been possible if it weren’t for your unwavering support and guidance. I cannot put into words how much each and every one of you means to me. Just as in football, life is a team sport and I could not have asked for a better team off of the field! Last but not least I would like to thank my beautiful wife Crystal for always being so positive, supportive and loving throughout this entire adventure. I couldn’t be more excited to explore our next chapter!"