There have been no clear reasons for his death but soon we can find out how did he die. There have been articles about his health issues around 5 years ago. He was suffering from dementia, traumatic brain injury, a stroke, and orthopedic problems.
Wayne Hawkins played matches with a broken jaw:
He represented his team for over 136 games for 10 seasons. He was a tough defender and his wife informed the press due to his intent to win he suffered over 20 concussions during his life. the sports are extremely enjoyable but most of the retired players have to suffer a lot after the glitzy life. He was so committed to the game in a match that his head hit the goal post poll and he still continued to play.
His jaw was broken and he played for his team. for the next 6 matches, he played without taking a rest. he could have lost his face but he played with wires on his jaw.
In a match, he was hit so badly that he lost consciousness and was on a stretcher for the first half. in the second half, he came back and played throughout the match.
“I always went back in the game. That was my job,” he told a news agency.
The Raiders sent their condolences to his family on Thursday.
“The thoughts of the entire Raider Nation are with the Hawkins family at this time,” a team statement read.
Hawkins was a student at the University of Pacific. he played for nine years for the raiders. from 1960 to 1969 he was selected for five straight AFL All-Star Games from 1963-67.
Hawkins was all time raider defender:
He was one of the key members of the AFL championship team in 1967. He was one of the few who played for 10 seasons of AFL.
Hawkins was nominated for the raiders’ all-time team.
in 2021 a prominent sports magazine called him the “most unheralded and underrated of the Oakland Raiders who helped build the franchise into a pro football power during the 1960s.”