Wayne Hawkins, a member of the original 1960 Raiders football team, died at the age of 84.
Hawkins also played under the great coach George Blanda during part of his career.
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“Hawkins, who played in 136 career games, was a starter at guard for the Silver and Black through his first eight seasons and helped them to an AFL Championship Game triumph in 1967 prior to a loss in Super Bowl II against the Green Bay Packers,” NFL.com reported.
“A product of the University of Pacific, Hawkins started in nine of 14 games as a rookie in 1960 and was a stalwart in the starting lineup thereafter. From 1963 through 1967, Hawkins was an AFL all-star,” it added.
The Raiders Family mourns the loss of Wayne Hawkins, an original Raider who played in 136 games over 10 seasons with the Silver and Black.
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His team won the AFL championship in 1967 as the Raiders served as one of the key teams of the era.
The loss of Hawkins is mourned by his family and friends as well as Raiders fans who remember him from the early days of professional football.