DeAndre Hopkins had 28 INTs, 5 return TDs on defense in high school

Oct 28, 2020, 6:45 AM
Arizona Cardinals wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins (10) pulls in a touchdown pass during the first hal...

Arizona Cardinals wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins (10) pulls in a touchdown pass during the first half of an NFL football game against the Washington Football Team, Sunday, Sept. 20, 2020, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Darryl Webb)

(AP Photo/Darryl Webb)

It’s fun to look at the high school stats for star athletes.

Check out Tennesee Titans running back Derrick Henry’s.

See? Pretty fun!

As it turns out, Arizona Cardinals wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins has his own crazy numbers, but on the other side of the field.

He ran through the beginning of his football journey on teammate Patrick Peterson’s podcast All Things Covered.

Hopkins had a state record 28 interceptions as a defensive back in South Carolina at D.W. Daniel High School, with five return touchdowns as well.

A two-sport athlete who was primarily focused on basketball, Hopkins came onto the school’s football team and didn’t know much.

“Kinda helped me become that ball-knacking kind of guy,” he said. “I was a basketball player and they were telling me, ‘7-on-7 is good for you.’

“I always thought I wanted to play quarterback and they were like, ‘You’re long, you can catch real good, you got big hands, so let’s see what you do in this 7-on-7.’ Before I stepped on the field and played, I was catching interceptions in 7-on-7 and I was like, ‘This is a good position right here.’

“My first high school game against the number one team in the state, I caught three interceptions.”

The funny part of the story is that Hopkins didn’t understand how rare it was getting three in a game, so he was confused when he was asked to appear on local television.

“After the game the following week, the local news like, ‘We want to interview you,'” he said. “I’m like, ‘Y’all want to interview me? For what?'”

Picking off passes was so easy for Hopkins that he must have thought, “What? This? That’s a serious accomplishment?”

Hopkins said he didn’t even know until college that 28 interceptions was a lot for a high school career, and that’s a record he holds in a state that’s produced All-Pro cornerback Stephon Gilmore, Pro Bowl cornerback Jonathan Joseph and other NFL defensive backs.

Hopkins went to Clemson to play both basketball and football, and because the Tigers were low at receiver and Hopkins had good hands, the coaching staff decided to move him to wideout full time after initially slotting him at defensive back.

Good decision!

Life Changer Loans

Arizona Cardinals

Marquis Hayes #OL19 of the Oklahoma runs a drill during the NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium on Mar...
Tyler Drake

Cardinals notebook: Marquis Hayes bringing old-school mentality to OL

Will Hernandez isn't the only Cardinals guard in his first year with the team to show off the utter desire to hit someone.
1 day ago
Josh Hokit #40 of the San Francisco 49ers runs after making a catch during the preseason game again...
Arizona Sports

Arizona Cardinals sign former 49ers fullback Josh Hokit as TE

Former 49ers fullback Josh Hokit signed with the Cardinals and will be listed as a tight end, the team announced Thursday.
1 day ago
(Twitter screenshot/@AZCardinals)...
Haboob Blog

Kliff Kingsbury flaunts film remote skills for Cardinals’ ‘Hard Knocks’ preview

The Cardinals are this year's in-season team Hard Knocks, which Kliff Kingsbury gave a preview of with his mastery of a film remote.
1 day ago
Cleveland Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson waves to fans during an NFL football practice in Berea,...
Associated Press

AP: Browns’ Deshaun Watson suspended 11 games, could return vs. Texans

Deshaun Watson has reached a settlement and will serve an 11-game suspension and pay a $5 million fine, per The Associated Press.
1 day ago
Josh Jones #79 of the Arizona Cardinals participates in training camp activities at State Farm Stad...
Tyler Drake

Back at tackle, Arizona Cardinals OL Josh Jones is making strides

Arizona Cardinals offensive tackle Josh Jones is back at the position where he belongs and it's showing this training camp.
1 day ago
Arizona Cardinals rookie TE Trey McBride looks on during training camp on Monday, Aug. 8, 2022, in ...
Tyler Drake

Cardinals notebook: Rookie Trey McBride set to make debut vs. Ravens

After dealing with a sore back, Arizona Cardinals rookie tight end Trey McBride is on track to play against the Ravens.
1 day ago
DeAndre Hopkins had 28 INTs, 5 return TDs on defense in high school