The Arizona Cardinals will head east to play the Carolina Panthers on Sunday, and for DeAndre Hopkins, the trip is as close to a homecoming as he gets during an NFL season.
The 28-year-old star receiver grew up in Central, South Carolina – a good two hours from Charlotte – but still spoke about what the experience is like for him to head back home, and there is one glaring issue that he would like to fix one day.
“It’s cool to go back home,” he said on Wednesday. “The only thing I hate seeing when I go home is old plantations with the Hopkins name on it or something. ‘Cause it’s like your history right in front of you. So hopefully, one day I can buy all those plantations.”
Hopkins’ comments come at time where many people have become more sensitive about institutions and statues and other things that are reminiscent or glorify the slave-era south.
But Hopkins’ comment about buying the plantations up could be more than a tongue-in-cheek remark.
After all, the Cardinals star just got a big pay day, inking a two-year, $54 million contract with $27.5 million guaranteed. If Hopkins can continue to produce and stay healthy over the next two years, another big pay day could be waiting to follow.
Perhaps Hopkins could one day follow through on his comment, he may just have the cash to do so.