Alex Hawkins

Clifton Alexander "Alex" Hawkins (July 2, 1937 – September 12, 2017) was 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.

Alex Hawkins
Born:July 2, 1937
Welch, West Virginia
Died:September 12, 2017 (aged 80)
Columbia, South Carolina
Career information
Position(s)Running back
CollegeSouth Carolina
NFL draft1959 / Round: 2 / Pick: 13
(Green Bay Packers)
Career history
As player
1959–1965Baltimore Colts
1966–1967Atlanta Falcons
1967–1968Baltimore Colts
Career highlights and awards

Early years

Born in Welch, West Virginia, Hawkins graduated from South Charleston High School in 1955.

College career

From 195658, Hawkins played college football at South Carolina; he rushing for 1,491 yards and was voted the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) player of the year as a senior and was a third-team All-American.

NFL career

Hawkins was the thirteenth player selected in the 1959 NFL Draft, but was released in mid-September by first-year head coach Vince Lombardi of the Green Bay Packers.[1] The first four rounds of the draft were held in early December 1958, nearly two months before Lombardi was hired. Hawkins was picked up by Baltimore Colts, and they repeated as NFL champions his rookie season, defeating the New York Giants 31–16 in the title game in Baltimore.

In his final season in 1968, Hawkins was special-teams captain for the Colts in Super Bowl III, in which the heavily-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.

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. Hawkins said that he hoped that the Cowboys would win, because "I've always been a Cowboy fan." [2] At one point, 35-year-old Dallas quarterback Roger Staubach was shown jogging onto the field, and Hawkins commented to Scully, "Roger runs like a sissy, doesn't he?"[3] To which Scully responded, "Did you wear a helmet when you played?"[4]. Hawkins was arrested during a traffic stop a few days after the championship game,[2] and later was fired by CBS.[5]


Hawkins died at HarborChase Assisted Living and Memory Care in Columbia, South Carolina on September 12, 2017, at the age of 80.[6]


  1. ^ Johnson, Chuck (September 15, 1959). "Babe Parilli is dropped by Packers". Milwaukee Journal. p. 14, part 2.
  2. ^ a b Rosen, Ron (1978-01-07). "Weaving 'Hawk' flagged down". Washington Post. Retrieved 2017-07-09.
  3. ^ "1977 NFC Champ Minn vs Dal part 2 (13:15)". YouTube. Retrieved 17 February 2017.
  4. ^ "1977 NFC Champ Minn vs Dal part 2 (13:29)". YouTube. Retrieved 17 February 2017.
  5. ^ Guest, Larry (1992-01-09). "Hawkins took many detours after football". Orlando Sentinel. Retrieved 2017-07-09.
  6. ^ Lou Bezjak (September 13, 2017). "South Carolina football great Alex Hawkins dies". The State. Retrieved September 13, 2017.

External links

1959 Green Bay Packers season

The 1959 Green Bay Packers season was their 39th season in the National Football League and 41st overall. The club posted a 7–5 record in the 1959 season under first-year coach Vince Lombardi to earn a third-place finish in the Western Conference.

It was the Packers' first winning season in a dozen years, the last was a 6–5–1 mark in 1947. Green Bay had just one victory during the previous season in 1958 with the worst record in the 12-team league, and were 3–9 in 1957, tied for worst.

1961 Baltimore Colts season

The 1961 Baltimore Colts season was the ninth season for the team in the National Football League. The Baltimore Colts finished the National Football League's 1961 season with a record of 8 wins and 6 losses and finished tied for third in the Western Conference with the Chicago Bears. There weren't any tiebreakers until 1967.

1962 Baltimore Colts season

The 1962 Baltimore Colts season was the tenth season for the team in the National Football League. The Baltimore Colts finished the National Football League's 1962 season with a record of 7 wins and 7 losses and finished fourth in the Western Conference.

1963 Baltimore Colts season

The 1963 Baltimore Colts season was the 11th season for the team in the National Football League. The Baltimore Colts finished the National Football League's 1955 season with a record of 8 wins and 6 losses and finished third in the Western Conference.

1965 Baltimore Colts season

The 1965 Baltimore Colts season was the 13th season for the team in the National Football League. The Baltimore Colts finished the National Football League's 1965 season with a record of 10 wins, 3 losses, and 1 tie, tied for first in the Western Conference with the Green Bay Packers. Although the Packers won both regular season games over the Colts, no tiebreaking system was in place in 1965, and a playoff game was required to determine the Western Conference champion, who would host the Eastern Conference champion Cleveland Browns for the NFL title.

1966 Atlanta Falcons season

The 1966 Atlanta Falcons season was the franchise's inaugural season in the National Football League (NFL). The Falcons finished in seventh place in the NFL Eastern Conference with a record of 3–11, ahead of only the New York Giants.

1966 NFL expansion draft

The 1966 NFL expansion draft was a National Football League (NFL) draft in which a new expansion team, named the Atlanta Falcons, selected its first players. On June 30, 1965, NFL Commissioner Pete Rozelle awarded the first NFL franchise in the Deep South to the city of Atlanta and granted ownership to Rankin Smith Sr.So that the Falcons could become competitive with existing teams, the league awarded the Falcons the first pick in the 1966 NFL Draft, supplemented with the final pick in the first five rounds. The NFL also gave the new team the opportunity to select current players from existing teams. That selection was provided by the expansion draft, held on February 15, 1966. In this draft, held six weeks after the regular draft, the existing franchises listed players from which the Falcons could select to switch to the new team.

Each of the 14 established teams froze 29 players on their 40-man rosters that opened the 1965 season (That made 154 players available.). Atlanta picked one of the 11 and then each team froze two more. Atlanta was able to select two more for a total of 42 players chosen. The Falcons paid $8.5 million for the franchise. (Feb 17, 1966 St. Petersburg Times.)

1967 Baltimore Colts season

The 1967 Baltimore Colts season was the 15th season for the team in the National Football League. They finished the regular season with a record of 11 wins, 1 loss, and 2 ties, the same record in the Western Conference's Coastal division with the Los Angeles Rams. However, the Colts lost the tiebreaker based on point differential in head-to-head games and thus did not make the playoffs.

The Colts' official winning percentage of .917 (based on the NFL's non-counting of ties for such purposes prior to 1972) is the best in North American professional sports history for a non-playoff-qualifying team.

1968 Baltimore Colts season

The 1968 Baltimore Colts season was the 16th season for the team in the National Football League. Led by sixth-year head coach Don Shula, they finished the regular season with a record of 13 wins and 1 loss, and won the Western Conference's Coastal division.

The previous season, the Colts' record was 11–1–2, tied for the best in the league, but were excluded from the playoffs. They lost a tiebreaker with the Los Angeles Rams for the Coastal Division title in 1967; the other three teams in the NFL postseason, all division winners, had nine wins each.

In 1968, Baltimore won the Western Conference playoff game with the Minnesota Vikings and the NFL Championship Game in a shutout of the Cleveland Browns, but then lost to the New York Jets of the American Football League in Super Bowl III. Hall of fame quarterback Johnny Unitas had been injured during the pre-season, so Earl Morrall led the offense. Shula decided to bring Unitas back in during the second half of the Super Bowl, to no avail.

1973 Pro Bowl

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1976 Astro-Bluebonnet Bowl

The 1976 Astro-Bluebonnet Bowl was a college football postseason game at the Astrodome in Houston, Texas on December 31. It matched the Nebraska Cornhuskers of the Big Eight Conference and the Texas Tech Red Raiders of the Southwest Conference.

Atlantic Coast Conference football individual awards

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List of NFL on CBS announcers

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List of NFL on CBS commentator pairings

CBS Sports began televising National Football League games in 1956. The network inherited the rights to games of most of the teams from the defunct DuMont Television Network; back then, each NFL team negotiated its own television deal. From 1956 to 1967, CBS assigned their commentating crews to one team each for the entire season. Beginning in 1968, CBS instituted a semi-merit system for their commentating crews. Following the 1993 season, there was no NFL on CBS after the network lost its half of the Sunday afternoon TV package (the National Football Conference) to the Fox Broadcasting Company. However, CBS gained the American Football Conference package from NBC beginning in 1998. The names of the play-by-play men are listed first while the color commentators are listed second; sideline reporters, when used, are listed last.

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SEC Football Legends

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South Charleston, West Virginia

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Warren Giese

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