USA Today: Hopkins steeled by tragedies

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Years Played: 2010 - 2012


But nowhere in the scouting reports is the incredible tale of his path to the brink of pro football, a soap opera script of car crashes — fatal and miraculous — the disfiguring acid attack, a failed suicide attempt by a cousin and Hopkins' two-decades-long struggle to overcome a tragic family history.

Even those who have lived it — those who have run their fingertips over the scars it has left behind — have a difficult time believing it.

"So much bad has happened around DeAndre," cousin Javis AustinJavis Austin
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said. "A lot of these things that have happened have helped keep him on track. He's been very fortunate. Right now, I think it's time for our family to have some joy."

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