Douglas James Hawkins made a name for himself as one of the finest wingers in AFL history. Idolised by fans at Footscray’s Western Oval, he was revelled as “the Hawk” thanks to his strong, agile and brilliant play making the spectacular look simple.
Hawkins was born and raised in Melbourne’s western suburbs, beginning his revelled career at Footscray Football Club. Making his debut in 1978 at the age of only 18, Hawkins swiftly emerged as a fan favourite due to his on-field dominance and selfless play. Hawkins went on to win Footscray’s Best and Fairest(1985), Leading goal kicker(1991) and was selected multiple times for VFL Team of the year. Hawkins career continued to flourish as he captained the Footscray team(1990-1993) and was ultimately recognised for his contributions to the game in 2004 with his induction into the Australian Football Hall of Fame.
Off the field, Hawkins was known as an old fashioned larrikin who grew a large following whilst starring on The Footy Show, often being portrayed as the show’s loveable court jester. Hawkins established himself as a personality in demand, joining the Triple M’s Football Commentary Team valued for expert view of the game. An influential figure both on and off the field, Hawkins has truly defined himself as a legend of Australian Rules Football.