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Andrew Hopkins Sr. Obituary
Andrew P. Hopkins Sr.
1949-2017
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Andy Hopkins a former NFL running back for the Houston Oilers passed away Saturday morning at the Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital in Sugar Land, Texas; he was 67 years old. Andy Hopkins, who was born in Crockett, Texas, spent three seasons with the NFL's Houston Oilers (1971 -73) after being drafted by the Oilers in the 15th round of the 1971 NFL Draft. It was during his five-year career in the Canadian Football League (CFL), however, where Hopkins excelled. A three-time CFL East All-Star selection, Hopkins played for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats (1973-75) as well as the Montreal Alouettes (1976-77) and produced three seasons of 1,000 or more rushing yards.
In addition to his prowess on the gridiron, Hopkins also produced a number of astounding achievements on the track. His Stephen F. Austin school record time of 10.10 seconds in the 100-meter dash has stood since he set it in 1968 and in that same year he teamed with Bill Cramer, Henry Malone and Doug Moore at the NAIA Outdoor Track & Field Championships to capture the national title in the 4x100-meter relay in Albuquerque N.M. Hopkins and the other members of that relay team were clocked in a time of 40.1 seconds.
Hopkins also claimed an individual national championship in the 200-meter dash in the 1968 NAIA Men's Outdoor Track & Field Championships. He was clocked in a time of 20.9 seconds in that race to become SFA's first individual national champion in the sport of men's track & field.
During his final season in the league, Hopkins and the Alouettes captured the Grey Cup which was the fourth CFL championship won by the club. Andy Hopkins currently ranks 63rd in CFL history in rushing, having amassed 3,922 yards. His 1,223 rushing yards in 1973 led the CFL.
Hopkins is survived by his wife, Ann, and four children: Alicia, Andrew II, Aaric and Ashton as well as his grandson, Andrew III. Funeral arrangements will be held on Saturday, October 7, 2017 at the Andrew J. Hopkins Activity Center in his home town of Crockett, Texas.
Published in Houston Chronicle from Oct. 6 to Oct. 14, 2017
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