Culture / Sporting Life

DeAndre Hopkins Calls His Own Shot in a National Magazine

Texans Wideout Knows He's the Champion of Fashionable Athletes

BY // 09.02.19

DeAndre Hopkins is the rare Houston athlete who somehow seems more famous nationally than he is locally. Hopkins sometimes almost operates under the radar in H-Town — as J.J. Watt saves the world and Bill O’Brien pulls off wild trades and decides first round draft picks are unnecessary.

But there Hopkins is in the latest issue of GQ magazine, modeling some anything but traditional suits, and getting lauded for going the entire 2018 season without dropping a pass. Hopkins pulls off the Dolce & Gabbana, Craig Green, Rick Owens and Gucci suits with the aplomb of a fashion icon, making the Texans look better in the process.

With Hopkins, the most unconventional of NFL stars, you’d expect nothing less.

Hopkins details how he found a special $6,000 vest made up entirely of belts in the backroom of the Maison Margiela boutique in Paris. He bought it and wore it to the Texans’ regular season showdown with the Dallas Cowboys last season.

And promptly willed Houston to victory with a twisting, darting, two spin move 49-yard catch-and-run. The play went viral — and set up the overtime game winner.

And you didn’t think fashion made a difference?

Hopkins always appreciated a good look. He picked up the nickname Ralph back in high school because he wore so much of Ralph Lauren’s Polo even when money was beyond tight. Now, that he is arguably the NFL’s best (it’s an argument Hopkins feels he’s already won) and one of its highest-paid receivers ($12.5 million salary this season), this fashionable man is raising the bar for himself.

“I’m the best-dressed player,” Hopkins tells GQ. “Shit, I think in all of sports.”

DeAndre Hopkins’ Rivals

While two stars in his own town from the land of NBA runways — Russell Westbrook and James Harden — would heartily disagree, it’s easy to see Hopkins’ case for being king. He is doing it in a suaver and fresher way than both Russ and The Beard in a sport where being an individual is often anything but celebrated.

In a world where the NFL’s best receivers often come across as unhinged divas (see Antonio Brown’s helmet obsession and Odell Beckham Jr.’s New York Giants obsession), DeAndre Hopkins somehow makes more news on the field than off. And still manages to be just about the most interesting man in the NFL.

That’s an impossible double to pull off. But Hopkins does it.

When you can do that, maybe you deserve to crown yourself (fashion) champ in a national magazine.

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