Austin Manuel Hooper was born on November 4, 1994 in San Mateo, CA and went to De La Salle High School in Concord, CA. As a redshirt freshman he earned 10 starts in 13 appearances, finishing the year with 40 receptions for 499 yards (12.5 avg) and two touchdowns on his way to earn second-team All-Pac-12 honors. As a sophomore he caught 34 passes for 438 yards (12.9 avg) and six touchdowns, earning first-team All-Pac-12, Pac-12 All-Academic honorable mention and third-team AP All-American honors. He was also one of three finalists for the Mackey Award, given to the nation’s top tight end. He also blocked an extra point while working on special teams as a sophomore. He declared as an early entry for the 2016 NFL Draft, being selected by the Atlanta Falcons in the third round (81st overall).
Signed by the Atlanta Falcons on May 6, 2016.
Signed a four-year contract with the Falcons worth $3,213,428 including a $773,428 signing bonus. His base salaries are: $450,000 (2016); $540,000 (2017); $630,000 (2018) and $720,000 (2019). He is due workout bonuses of $35,000 in each of the final three years of the deal, giving him cap hits of: $643,357 (2016); $768,357 (2017); $858,357 (2018) and $943,357 (2019).