Born: November 29, 1955, Bay City, TX
Height: 6-03 Weight:
College: Texas A&I
Acquired: Signed as a free agent on November 23, 1983
Pro Bio: Veteran
of both Gambler campaigns... Started in all 12 games he played in 1984... A stress fracture at the left arch caused him
to miss six games in 1984, but Hawkins still had 31 tackles, 17 assists and one interception... Most tackles in a game in
1984 was seven against Michigan and Chicago... Intercepted a pass against Jacksonville in the Gamblers' lopsided
win on May 25.
Entered professional football in 1978 when he was a seventh round draft choice (188th player chosen)
of the New England Patriots... Played in the Pats' last 12 games of the season in 1978, where he had 12 tackles and one
sack... Competed for the Patriots from 1978-1981... Big, quick linebacker who excels on the blitz... Started 14 of 16 games
for the Patriots in 1979, where he recorded 48 total tackles, two interceptions (one for a TD) and had five sacks... Was a
16 game starter for the Patriots in 1980... Made 64 solo tackles and 18 assists... Was the club's fourth leading tackler
that year... Also chipped in two interceptions and three sacks in 1980... Missed the Pats' season opener in 1981 but started
the remaining 15 games at left outside linebacker... Made 62 solo tackles, had 44 assists, one interception, two fumble recoveries
and two deflected passes in 1981... Was the team's sixth leading tackler that year... Released by New England on September
20, 1982 and was signed by the Los Angeles Raiders as a free agent on December 8, 1982... Active for three games with the
Raiders before being placed on injured reserve with a groin injury... Cut by the Raiders during their 1983 training camp.
College Bio: Four-year letterman at Texas A&I from 1974-1977... During his career as a defensive tackle, the Javelinas
compiled a 46-1-1 record... Served as team captain during his senior year... had 252 tackles, 69 assists, five interceptions
and recovered four fumbles as a collegian.
Personal: Lettered four years as a defensive tackle at Van Vleck High
School in Van Vleck, Texas... Voted All-Conference and All-State as a junior and senior in football and basketball... Education
major at A&I... Brother Andy, who he preceded at A&I, is the starting left outside linebacker for the Gamblers.