All Philadelphia Eagle fans remember Ben Hawkins, a very good wide receiver. Considering the caliber of the Eagles teams he played with, Hawkins did quite well. All of us remember his lanky frame, stretching ability, and great hands. Hawkins’ trade mark was the unfastened strap on his helmet. To me that small strap showed a grim determination. Hawkins looked some what like Harold Carmichael, the man who replaced him in the starting lineup in 1973.
In his eight years with Philadelphia, Ben Hawkins caught 261 passes for 4,764 yards and 32 touchdowns. The Hawks’ best year was 1967 when he caught 59 passes for 1,265 yards an 10 touchdowns. There was not the desirable stability at quarterback those years. Norm Snead was better than either King Hill or Jack Concannon. Let’s take a look at his performances each year on selected teams, in this case the Pittsburgh Steelers.
1967 at Franklin Field. Caught eight passes for 187 yards and two touchdowns. Eagles 34 Steelers 24.
1968 at Pitt Stadium. Caught seven passes for 108 yards. Steelers 6 Eagles 3.
1969 at Franklin Field. Caught seven passes for 145 yards and four touchdowns. Eagles 41 Steelers 27.
1970 at Franklin Field. Caught five passes for 89 yards and a touchdown. Eagles 30 Steelers 20