One of the founding Oakland Raiders in the American Football League and a five-time AFL All-Star, Wayne Hawkins passed away at the age of 84.
When Hawkins’ health was threatened, he still played through the pain. He was that tough. When goal posts were located in the end zone, he was seriously hurt when he was knocked face-first into one. Hawkins played through the pain of a broken jaw in order to finish the game and went on to play the remainder of the season with his jaw wired shut.
Who was Wayne Hawkins?
On June 17, 1938, in the town of Jordan, Montana, Hawkins entered this world. He went to school at Shasta in Redding, California. Later, he attended the University of the Pacific and participated in the football program there. After being selected by the Denver Broncos in the 1960 AFL draught, Hawkins became one of only twenty players to spend the entire AFL’s 10-year existence in the league.
At right guard, Hawkins was a mainstay for the Raiders from their 1960 founding through the 1969 AFL season. In 1970, he was a member of the Raiders’ “taxi squad,” and by 1971, he had already proclaimed his retirement.
Hawkins eventually made it onto the Raiders’ All-Decade team. After being named to the AFL All-Star team for the first time in 1963, he did so for the next five consecutive seasons. In 1967, he was a member of the AFL champion team that played in Super Bowl II against the Green Bay Packers. He has been inducted into the Hall of Fame of the American Football League. Both Hawkins and Kramer are natives of Jordan, Montana; their mothers were friends, and they even shared a doctor.
Hawkins, who worked in the real estate investment industry, was a passionate golfer who donated time and money to Caring for Kids, an organization that assists the Monterey Bay Boys & Girls Clubs and the Children’s Miracle Network. The Legends Golf Tournament is hosted yearly at Pebble Beach, The Spanish Bay Inn, and Spyglass Hill golf. It features a field of retired professional football players, many of whom are inductees into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.