Alex Hawkins

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Alex Hawkins
Date of birth (1937-07-02) July 2, 1937 (age 78)
Place of birth Welch, West Virginia
Career information
Position(s) Running back
College South Carolina
NFL draft 1959 / Round: 2 / Pick: 13
(Green Bay Packers)
Career history
As player
1959–1965 Baltimore Colts
1966–1967 Atlanta Falcons
1967–1968 Baltimore Colts
Career stats

Clifton Alexander "Alex" Hawkins (born July 2, 1937) is a retired American football player who played professionally as a running back in the National Football League (NFL) for the Baltimore Colts and Atlanta Falcons. He excelled as a special teams player. He was a co-captain with the Colts.

Hawkins acquired the nickname "Captain Who" prior to a Baltimore Colts/Chicago Bears game, when the team captains were being introduced to each other before the game. Bears' Hall of Fame linebacker Dick Butkus responded to the official's reference to "Captain Hawkins" by blurting out "Captain Who?"

In the 1970s, Hawkins worked as a color commentator for Falcons radio, and for TVS' Thursday night World Football League (WFL) telecasts and CBS' NFL telecasts. In 1977, the NFC Championship Game between the Minnesota Vikings and the Dallas Cowboys was televised by CBS and covered by play-by-play announcer Vin Scully with Hawkins as color commentator. At one point Dallas quarterback Roger Staubach was shown jogging off the field, and Hawkins commented to Scully, "You know, Vin, that Roger Staubach runs like a sissy." To which Scully responded after a period of stunned silence, "You know, Hawk, they tell me you didn't always wear your helmet when you played!" The next day CBS fired Hawkins.[1]


  1. ^ "FEDEX Bowl Announcers". Pueblo Chieftain Community Forums. Retrieved 2010-03-10. 

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