For­mer Ea­gles WR Ben Hawkins dies at 73

Cape Breton Post - - Obituaries -

For­mer Ea­gles wide re­ceiver Ben Hawkins died on Monday, the team said. He was 73.

A third-round pick of the Ea­gles in 1966, Hawkins spent eight of his nine NFL sea­sons in Philadel­phia, where he played 102 games (67 starts) from 196673. He is tied for ninth in team his­tory in re­ceiv­ing TDs (32), 10th in re­ceiv­ing yards (4,764) and 19th in re­cep­tions (261).

His single-sea­son ca­reer high of 1,265 re­ceiv­ing yards in 1967 is the fifth-best mark in team his­tory.

A for­mer stand­out at Ari­zona State from 1962-66, Hawkins later went on to coach in the USFL for the Ari­zona Out­laws and San An­to­nio Gun­slingers.

He is sur­vived by his long­time part­ner of 38 years Mary Dug­gan, and his two chil­dren, Ben­jamin Michael and Ni­c­hole Ta­mara.

AP PHOTO

RIGHT: In this 1971 file photo, Philadel­phia Ea­gles wide re­ceiver Ben Hawkins (18) breaks from the grasp of Dal­las Cow­boys line­backer Lee Roy Jor­dan to make a first down on a pass play in third pe­riod of an NFL foot­ball game in Irv­ing, Texas.

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