Hokie Gajan

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Hokie Gajan
No. 46
Position: Running back
Personal information
Date of birth: (1959-09-06)September 6, 1959
Place of birth: Baker, Louisiana
Date of death: April 11, 2016(2016-04-11) (aged 56)
Place of death: New Orleans, Louisiana
Height: 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Weight: 220 lb (100 kg)
Career information
High school: Baker (LA)
College: LSU
NFL draft: 1981 / Round: 10 / Pick: 249
Career history
Career NFL statistics
Rushing yards: 1,358
Average: 5.4
Rushing touchdowns: 11
Player stats at PFR

Howard Lee "Hokie" Gajan Jr. (September 6, 1959 – April 11, 2016) was an American football running back who played five seasons in the National Football League.

Biography[edit]

Gajan played football at Baker High School in Baker, Louisiana, and he received a scholarship to play at Louisiana State University (LSU).[1] He was drafted out of LSU by the New Orleans Saints in the 1981 NFL Draft.[2]

In 1984, the same season Los Angeles Rams running back Eric Dickerson set a new NFL single season rushing record, Gajan led all NFL rushers (with 100 or more attempts) in yards gained per attempt (102 carries, 615 yards; a 6.03 ypc average). Through 2015, he remains one of 19 NFL running backs to exceed six yards per carry in a (100 or more attempt) season.

Missing the 1986 season due to a knee injury, Gajan retired in 1987 after injuring the opposite knee.[3] During his career, Gajan rushed for 1,358 yards and 11 touchdowns, and also had 515 receiving yards and two touchdowns.

Gajan worked as a scout for the Saints before he entered broadcasting. He was the color commentator alongside Jim Henderson on Saints radio broadcasts. In the fall of 2015, he was diagnosed with a rare cancer known as liposarcoma. Gajan died on April 11, 2016.[4] He was the 2016 recipient of the Joe Gemelli Fleur-De-Lis Award, an annual award honoring a person for contributions to the Saints organization. Gajan's award was voted in March and was announced posthumously.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Massa, Dominic (April 12, 2016). "Hokie Gajan, beloved former Saints player, dies at 56". WWL-TV. Retrieved April 12, 2016. 
  2. ^ Walker, Rod (April 11, 2016). "Report: Hokie Gajan moved to ICU after latest round of cancer tests". The Advocate. Retrieved April 12, 2016. 
  3. ^ "New Orleans Saints mourn the loss of Hokie Gajan". New Orleans Saints. April 12, 2016. Retrieved April 12, 2016. 
  4. ^ Triplett, Mike (April 12, 2016). "Hokie Gajan, ex-Saints fullback, radio voice, dies at 56 of cancer". ESPN.com. Retrieved April 12, 2016. 
  5. ^ "Hokie Gajan to be honored with Joe Gemelli Fleur de Lis award", New Orleans Saints, April 12, 2016.