Ben Hawkins (American football)

Benjamin Charles Hawkins a.k.a. the "Hawk" (March 22, 1944 – October 9, 2017) was a professional American football wide receiver most notably for the Philadelphia Eagles of the National Football League from 1966 to 1973.[1] He later played for the Cleveland Browns and the Philadelphia Bell of the World Football League. Hawkins led the NFL in receiving yards while with the Eagles in 1967. He played college football at Arizona State University and was drafted in the third round of the 1966 NFL Draft by the Eagles. Hawkins was also selected in the fifth round of the 1966 AFL Draft by the New York Jets but opted to play in the NFL instead.

Hawkins died on October 9, 2017, at age 73. He is survived by his longtime partner of 38 years, Mary Duggan, and his two children.[1]

Ben Hawkins
No. 18
Born:March 22, 1944
Newark, New Jersey
Died:October 9, 2017 (aged 73)
Belmar, New Jersey
Career information
Position(s)Wide receiver
Height6 ft 2 in (188 cm)
Weight190 lb (86 kg)
CollegeArizona State
AFL draft1966 / Round: 5 / Pick: 38
(By the New York Jets)
NFL draft1966 / Round: 3 / Pick: 36
Career history
As player
1966–1973Philadelphia Eagles
1974Cleveland Browns
1975Philadelphia Bell (WFL)
Career stats


  1. ^ a b Former Eagles WR Ben Hawkins passes away at 73
Ben Hawkins

Ben Hawkins may refer to:

Benjamin Hawkins (1754–1818), U.S. statesman

Benjamin Waterhouse Hawkins (1807–1894), English sculptor and natural history artist

Ben Hawkins (Carnivàle), the protagonist in Carnivàle

Ben Hawkins (American football) (1944–2017), American football player

Hawkins (name)

The English language surname Hawkins originated in the 11th century in Kent, England. Its meaning comes from the word "hawking", meaning "falconry". Hawkins may have evolved to the variant "Haughan" or "O'haughan" due to migration of peoples to Ireland during the Civil War in the 16th century. It is rare as a given name.

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