Frank Hawkins

This article is about the American football player. For other uses, see Frank Hawkins (disambiguation).
Frank Hawkins
No. 27
Date of birth (1959-07-03) July 3, 1959
Place of birth Las Vegas, Nevada
Career information
Position(s) Running Back
College Nevada
NFL draft 1981 / Round: 10
Career history
As player
1981–1987 Oakland/Los Angeles Raiders
Career stats

Frank Hawkins, Jr. (born July 3, 1959) is a former professional football player, a running back who played seven seasons in the NFL with the Oakland/Los Angeles Raiders, from 1981 to 1987.

Football career

Hawkins' football career began in Las Vegas' Pop Warner system and continued through Western High School, where he was a star running back. After graduation in 1977, he earned a full athletic scholarship to the University of Nevada, Reno, where he played for four seasons and was a three-time All-American (Division I-AA) at running back, and twice the I-AA rushing leader. His jersey #27 was retired by the Wolf Pack.

In the 1981 NFL Draft, Hawkins was selected at the end of the tenth round (276th overall) by the Oakland Raiders. With the Raiders in Oakland and Los Angeles, he also wore number 27 and played in Super Bowl XVIII in January 1984. During that 1983 NFL season, Hawkins and running back Kenny King combined for 1,119 total rushing and receiving yards and 10 touchdowns, winning the final game 38-9 over the favored Washington Redskins. During his seven seasons with the Raiders, Hawkins was the second-leading rusher for three straight seasons, 1983-85.[1]

Nicknamed "The Hawk," his 5,333 career rushing yards at Nevada ranks fourth all-time in NCAA history behind Ricky Williams (Texas), Tony Dorsett (Pittsburgh) and Charles White (Southern California). In 1997, Hawkins was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame.[2]

Business career

Upon his retirement from football, Frank Hawkins served on the Las Vegas City Council and was the first elected black official in the city. He served one four-year term, beginning in 1991.[3] While in office, he was also a board member for the Las Vegas Housing Authority.

Hawkins lost to former police office Michael McDonald in 1995 after the Nevada Commission on Ethics found that Hawkins breached ethics laws by profiting from a golf tournament whose participants included individuals who did business with the city.[4]

He now builds affordable houses, through federal Housing and Urban Development grants, in low-income, inner city neighborhoods in the same community in which he grew up.[5]

Hawkins is the current president of the NAACP Las Vegas Branch 1111.[6]


  1. Oakland Raiders
  2. Hawk, Joe (7 June 1997). "Hawkins `carried the mail' for football's overachievers". Las Vegas Review-Journal. Retrieved 11 October 2011.
  3. Neff, Erin (9 June 1999). "Las Vegas City Council to expand by two seats". Las Vegas Sun. Retrieved 11 October 2011.
  4. Ethics commission finds that Frank Hawkins violated ethics rule, Opinion No. 94-05, April 10, 1995
  5. Flanagan, Tanya (18 April 1998). "Hawkins group OK'd to rebuild development". Las Vegas Review-Journal. Retrieved 11 October 2011.
  6. Huffey, Dorothy (25 October 2009). "NAACP celebrates centennial as part of annual banquet". Las Vegas Review-Journal. Retrieved 11 October 2011.
Preceded by
Steve Miller
Las Vegas City Council
Ward 1

Succeeded by
Michael McDonald
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