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#18 - Ben Hawkins
« on: June 13, 2009, 10:21:08 PM »



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Blazing down the field, chin strap dangling, and often making spectacular plays, wide receiver Ben Hawkins played for the Eagles from 1966 to 1973. He was one of the finest deep threats they have ever had.

The Hawk was drafted by the Eagles in the 3rd round in 1966 out of Arizona State. After a rather quiet rookie season (14 receptions and numerous dropped passes), he broke out in a big way in ’67, catching 59 passes and leading the NFL with 1265 receiving yards (a team record at the time). His 21.4-yard average per reception ranked fifth in the league and 10 touchdowns tied for third. He had four games of 150 or more yards receiving during that season (still a team record), with totals of 187 yards on 8 receptions and 2 TDs against Pittsburgh; 150 yards on 6 receptions with 1 TD vs. San Francisco; a career-high 197 yards on 6 receptions with 1 TD (an 87-yard touchdown reception from Norm Snead) at St. Louis; and 151 yards on 5 catches with 2 TDs (69 and 63 yards) at Washington.

Hawkins would never equal his season totals from ’67, but he remained a potent deep receiver for the next several years. In the 1968 home opener against the Giants, he caught just one pass, but it was for a then-club record 92-yard TD from King Hill. Ben had over 100 yards receiving in the next two games (6 catches for 103 yards vs. Dallas and 6 for 105 yards and a TD at Washington) and three in all. While the overall numbers were down, the Hawk was a bright spot on a very bad 2-12 team.

The main highlight for Hawkins in 1969 came in a game against Pittsburgh at Franklin Field in which he caught 7 passes for 145 yards and equaled an Eagles record with four TD receptions; this came a week after catching 4 passes for 92 yards and a TD in the season opening loss to Cleveland. Ultimately, he was overshadowed by newcomer WR Harold Jackson, but had a productive season in which he averaged 17.7 yards on his 43 catches and scored 8 touchdowns (no one could blame the receiving corps, which also included TE Gary Ballman, for the team’s 4-9-1 record).

The Hawk caught far fewer passes in 1970 (30) but his 20.4 yards per catch ranked fourth in the league. Highlights included a 65-yard TD reception at Green Bay; a 105-yard performance, including a 78-yard TD on a pass from Norm Snead, at Dallas; and 4 catches for 99 yards in a thrilling 23-20 upset of the Giants in the team’s first Monday Night Football appearance. This was followed by a 1971 season in which Ben caught 7 passes for 118 yards and two TDs in the season-opening loss at Cincinnati and also caught 7 passes for 126 yards later in the year against the taterskins. In all, he averaged 17.6 yards on 37 receptions for a 6-7-1 team that suffered from mediocrity at quarterback.

The Eagles were woeful, particularly on offense, in ’72, and the Hawk accounted for just one TD reception. The touchdown covered 67 yards on a pass from Pete Liske and came in one of the two games that the Eagles won, by a 21-20 margin at Kansas City; Hawkins accumulated 93 yards on three receptions that day. He also had 97 yards on 6 catches at Washington, his season highs in both categories.

Four games into the 1973 season, Ben broke his leg in a loss at Buffalo and was sidelined for the remainder of the year. Waived during training camp in ’74, he caught on with the Cleveland Browns and appeared in two games, catching no passes. Hawkins played with the Philadelphia Bell of the World Football League (WFL) in 1975, catching 28 passes for 412 yards (14.7 yards per catch) with three touchdowns, but he failed to make the team in an attempted comeback with the Eagles in ’76 and retired.

Altogether for his career with the Eagles, Hawkins caught 261 passes for 4764 yards, with an 18.3 average gain per catch (second highest of any receiver in the team’s career Top 20), and had 13 hundred-yard receiving games. He accumulated a total of 32 touchdown catches, as well as an additional TD on a five-yard fumble recovery at St. Louis in 1971.

In addition to his pass catching duties, Hawkins returned 21 punts over his career for 75 yards (3.6 average) and 24 kickoffs for 504 yards (21.0 average).

The 6’1”, 180-pound Hawkins was a big play pass receiver for the Eagles during a period when they were too often woefully inept. He created his share of excitement in any case and was a popular player with the fans. A bit flamboyant in addition to being a quality athlete, the trademark unsnapped chin strap added to his flair.

Ben Hawkins’ career pass receiving record with the Eagles:

Year
1966
1967
1968
1969
1970
1971
1972
1973
G
14
14
14
14
14
14
14
4
Rec.
14
59
42
43
30
37
30
6
Yds.
143
1265
707
761
612
650
512
114
Avg.
10.2     
21.4   
16.8 
17.7 
20.4
17.6
17.1
19.0
TD
0
10
5
8
4
4
1
0



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Re: #18 - Ben Hawkins
« Reply #1 on: June 13, 2009, 10:28:42 PM »

Other Eagles who wore #18:

Nick Prisco (TB/DB, 1933)
Porter Lainhart (FB/LB, 1933)
Albert Weiner (HB/FB/DB/LB, 1934)
Joe Pilconis (E, 1936-37)
Herbert Roton (E, 1937)
Rankin Britt (E, 1939)
Ray Hamilton (E, 1940)
Roman Gabriel (QB, 1977)
David Archer (QB, 1991-92)
Chris Boniol (PK, 1997-98)
Donte Stallworth (WR, 2006)
Jeremy Maclin (WR, 2009)
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Re: #18 - Ben Hawkins
« Reply #2 on: June 15, 2009, 02:40:58 PM »

Chris Boneheadiol's name should be stricken from every Eagles writing...right up there with Tommy Hutton.
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Re: #18 - Ben Hawkins
« Reply #3 on: June 15, 2009, 08:53:33 PM »

looking at that list, is it fair to say that jeremy maclin is already the runner up for #18?

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Re: #18 - Ben Hawkins
« Reply #4 on: June 15, 2009, 09:40:33 PM »

looking at that list, is it fair to say that jeremy maclin is already the runner up for #18?

Stallworth had something like 700 yards, 5 TDs. Right now I'd put Maclin tied with Herb Roton.
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Re: #18 - Ben Hawkins
« Reply #5 on: June 15, 2009, 10:36:41 PM »

i have to assume that maclin will be with the eagles for more than 1 year though and that he'll surpass stallworth's numbers.  i also have to assume that he won't get drunk and murderdeathkill someone with his car. 
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Re: #18 - Ben Hawkins
« Reply #6 on: June 15, 2009, 11:21:55 PM »

If we're lucky he'll die in the crash so they can retire the number.
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Re: #18 - Ben Hawkins
« Reply #7 on: June 15, 2009, 11:42:18 PM »

i have to assume that maclin will be with the eagles for more than 1 year though and that he'll surpass stallworth's numbers.

Can't assume that when the last two WRs the Eagles took #1 were Freddie Mitchell and Kenny Jackson.
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Re: #18 - Ben Hawkins
« Reply #8 on: June 16, 2009, 11:44:13 AM »

And for the younger guys the "hawk" was also known to Eagle fans as 1/2 of the combo "Weird Harold and Uncle Ben".  With Harold Jackson as the other half.
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Re: #18 - Ben Hawkins
« Reply #9 on: June 16, 2009, 09:27:04 PM »

Weird Harold and Uncle Ben duly noted.
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Re: #18 - Ben Hawkins
« Reply #10 on: June 24, 2009, 03:40:14 PM »

Harold Jackson was the man.  He had a great NFL career after being traded to the Rams for Roman Gabriel.  I think he scored 4 td's against Dallas in one game for the Rams.  

Good stuff 64.  Ben Hawkins is one of my all time favorites.  The game against Buffalo where he broke his leg was when Tom Dempsey missed a chip shot that would have beat the Bills as time expired.  
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