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Penn State Defensive Tackle Aeneas Hawkins Done Playing Football

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After battling through injuries for most of his time at Penn State, defensive tackle Aeneas Hawkins has decided to call it a career.

The redshirt junior announced this afternoon on Twitter that his football career at Penn State was over with.

“After four years and many conversations with those closest to me, I’ve made the decision to end my football career,” said Hawkins. “Although much of my time in college was spent battling injury, my experience as a Penn State student-athlete was better than I could have ever imagined. I will always cherish the opportunities, experiences and growth-demanding environment the game of football brings. I will cherish these memories forever.

College football was always a dream of mine. My brothers in the locker room, coaches, the entire Penn State Football staff and Penn State community made this journey worthwhile. I’m forever thankful for you all and feel so honored to be part of this family.

A special thank you to the teachers, coaches and administration of Moeller High School as well. Make no mistake, I would not have been able to live out my dream without the belief and support I received from the people in that special building. Although this door has closed, I look forward to what the Lord has next. I will graduate in the summer with a degree in broadcast journalism.

Excited for the next chapter. We are!”

Hawkins was a big get in Penn State’s Class of 2018, joining them as a 3-star recruit from Moeller High School in Cincinnati, Ohio. Prior to deciding on Penn State, Hawkins received 30+ offers, including from schools like Alabama, Clemson, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, Iowa, Miami, Michigan, Michigan State, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Pitt, Tennessee, USC and UCLA.

After redshirting his freshman season, Hawkins was only able to play in a handful of games over his next few seasons with Penn State.

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