Former SMSU 2-sport athlete Wayne Hawkins to join NSIC Hall of Fame

Wayne Hawkins, one of the most decorated athletes in Southwest Minnesota State University history, will be inducted into the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Hall of Fame July 10 in St. Cloud, the conference announced Thursday.

Hawkins was a two-sport athlete, a standout in both football and track. He was selected by the New England Patriots in the seventh round of the 1992 NFL draft, becoming only the second Mustang to be drafted, and still holds several SMSU records in both football and track.

During his senior season in 1991, Hawkins set an NAIA record with 126 catches for 1,515 yards and 18 touchdowns while also rushing for 142 yards and three touchdowns and returning one kickoff for a touchdown. He finished the year with 134 points, which stands second in school history.

A native of St. Anthony, Hawkins helped SMSU to a 9-1 record in 1991 and was named first team all-conference, first team NAIA All-America, first team AP Little All-America and Kodak College Division I All-America. He played in both the Kelly Tire Blue-Gray All-Star Classic and the East-West Shrine Football Classic, becoming the first player in SMSU history to participate in either of the games which are dominated by mostly NCAA Division I players.

In track, Hawkins was a 1991 NAIA Outdoor All-American in both the 100- and 200-meter dashes and was a 1991 NAIA Indoor All-American in the 60-yard dash. He was the NIC champion in both the 100 and 200 in 1990 and 1991, earning all-conference accolades both years.

Hawkins, who was voted SMSU Student-Athlete of the Year in 1990 and 1991, will be the 22nd individual from SMSU inducted into the NSIC Hall of Fame. This year’s induction ceremony on July 10 at the Best Western Kelly Inn Inn in St. Cloud will be part of the NSIC’s 14th annual Summer Kickoff event. The ceremony is to begin at 7 p.m.