Ben Hawkins
No. 18
Position:Wide receiver
Personal information
Born:(1944-03-22)March 22, 1944
Newark, New Jersey, U.S.
Died:October 9, 2017(2017-10-09) (aged 73)
Belmar, New Jersey, U.S.
Height:6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight:190 lb (86 kg)
Career information
College:Arizona State
AFL draft:1966 / Round: 5 / Pick: 38
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Receiving yards:4,764
Receiving touchdowns:32
Player stats at PFR

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 (NFL) from 1966 to 1973.[1] He later played for the Cleveland Browns and the Philadelphia Bell of the World Football League (WFL). 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.

Born in Newark, New Jersey, Hawkins attended Weequahic High School before moving to nearby Nutley and transferring to Nutley High School.[2] He had two children.[1]

Hawkins died on October 9, 2017, at age 73.[1]


  1. ^ a b c Former Eagles WR Ben Hawkins passes away at 73
  2. ^ 2009 Hall of Fame Inductee, Benjamin Charles Hawkins, Nutley Hall of Fame. Accessed November 9, 2019. "Benjamin Charles Hawkins was born in Newark, NJ in 1944. He attended Weequahic High School and Nutley High School."