People remember Hawkins as kind, gentle personality

 At the news of Andy Hawkins’ death last week, public expressions of sorrow – as well as deep respect for the former NFL player’s life – were in no short supply. 
   Hawkins passed away due to heart failure Oct. 7 in Bay City. Throughout the 1980’s he played with four professional teams and was inducted into the Texas A&M-Kingsville Javelina Football team’s Hall of Fame in 1992.  
   He also played for the VanVleck High School team where his brother-in-law Robert Blackmon is currently the head coach. 
   At half time of the Van Vleck football game against Danbury on Oct. 9, public address announcer John Hoffman paused for a moment of silence in honor of Hawkins. 
   “That was a great man right there,” an unidentified man could be heard whispering to his young son during the moment. “One of the best ball players we’ll ever have here.” 

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