Hokie Gajan loss his battle with cancer late Monday night at the age of 56. He had been serving as the color analyst for New Orleans Saints games since 2000. Hokie also was a guest on various sports shows on WWL-Radio. He was 56 years-old.
"Hokie Gajan was a true New Orleans Saint, as a player, a valued member of our scouting staff and later as a broadcaster, "said Owners Tom and Gayle Benson. "Overall, he impacted our whole organization and had a special relationship with our fans for 36 years. We will miss Hokie dearly and our thoughts and prayers go out to Judy, their four daughters and the entire Gajan family."
Gajan, a native of Baker, Louisiana played his college football at LSU from 1977-80. He was selected by the Saints in the 10th round (249th overall) of the 1981 NFL Draft. He played in 45 career games at fullback and piled-up 1.358 yards rushing on 252 carries with 11 touchdowns. Hokie also had 63 receptions for 515 yards with two touchdowns and tossed a 34-yard touchdown pass in 1984.
His career yards per carry average of 5.4 yards ranks second all-time in Saints history. In 1984 he played in 14 games and netted 615 yards, averaging 6.0 yards per carry with five touchdowns and had 35 receptions for 288 yards.
I remember watching Gajan bulldoze over would-be tacklers in the Superdome. He wasn't very fast, but he was a determined runner who was tough to bring down.
Gajan suffered a knee injury in 1985 and he would have to sit out the entire 1986 season. Following another knee injury in 1987, Gajan retired and began his 14-year career as a scout for the Saints. His territory was the Southwest region from Louisiana to New Mexico.
Following the 2000 NFL Draft, Gajan began his broadcasting career as the Saints color analyst.
Gajan is survived by his wife Judy and their four daughters, Jennifer, Kristin, Megan and Alexis.
Just a few weeks ago as a member of the Media Selection Committee for the New Orleans Saints Hall of Fame, we unanimously selected Will Smith to the Class of 2016. We also selected Gajan to receive the Joe Gemelli Fleur de Lis honoring his contributions to the Saints.
The official announcement will take play on May 17.
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