Wayne Hawkins, a five-time AFL all-star and a member of the original 1960 Raiders squad, passed away at the age of 84, the team reported. Hawkins, who participated in 136 games over his career, started at guard for the Silver and Black throughout his first eight seasons and led them to victory in the 1967 AFL Championship Game before they fell to the Green Bay Packers in the Super Bowl II.
Hawkins, a graduate of the University of Pacific, started nine out of his first 14 games as a rookie in 1960 and became a mainstay in the starting lineup after that. Hawkins played in the AFL from 1963 to 1967. He started three of his ten games in 1968 and none in 1969, which would turn out to be his final season, as his career came to an end. Hawkins spent the entirety of his playing career in the AFL, blocking for quarterbacks Tom Flores, Daryle Lamonica, and George Blanda. He truly was a legend, and we will miss him.