Alex Hawkins

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Alex Hawkins
Date of birth (1937-07-02) July 2, 1937 (age 79)
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.

From 1956-58, Hawkins starred collegiately for South Carolina, rushing for 1,491 yards and being voted 1958's Atlantic Coast Conference player of the year. He was the 13th player selected in the 1959 NFL Draft.

As a rookie, Hawkins was a member of the Baltimore team that won the 1959 NFL Championship Game, defeating the New York Giants 31-16.

Hawkins in his final season was special-teams captain for the Colts in Super Bowl III, in which the favored Colts were upset 16-7 by Joe Namath and the New York Jets on January 12, 1969. During the 1968 season, the Colts had a record of 13-1 under head coach Don Shula, although Hawkins' playing time was limited.

Originally drafted by the Green Bay Packers, he was released in training camp by Packers coach Vince Lombardi, then signed to a contract by the Colts.

During a nine-year NFL career, Hawkins rushed for 10 touchdowns and his 129 pass receptions included 12 touchdown passes. He also returned punts and kickoffs.

Hawkins acquired the nickname "Captain Who" prior to a Baltimore Colts game with the Chicago Bears, 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]

Hawkins was born in Welch, West Virginia and attended South Charleston High School.

References[edit]

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

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