| Baker, Louisiana|
American football player
| New Orleans Saints|
| (1959-09-06) September 6, 1959 (age 56)|
1981 / Round: 10 / Pick: 249
Louisiana State University
Howard Lee "Hokie" Gajan Jr. (September 6, 1959 – April 11, 2016) was an American football running back who played five seasons in the National Football League.
Gajan played football at Baker High School in Baker, Louisiana, and he received a scholarship to play at Louisiana State University (LSU). He was drafted out of LSU by the New Orleans Saints in the 1981 NFL Draft.
In 1984, the same season Los Angeles Rams running back Eric Dickerson set a new NFL single season rushing record, Gajan led all NFL rushers (with 100 or more attempts) in yards gained per attempt (102 carries, 615 yards; a 6.03 ypc average). Through 2015, he remains one of 19 NFL running backs to exceed six yards per carry in a (100 or more attempt) season.
Missing the 1986 season due to a knee injury, Gajan retired in 1987 after injuring the opposite knee. During his career, Gajan rushed for 1,358 yards and 11 touchdowns, and also had 515 receiving yards and two touchdowns.
Gajan worked as a scout for the Saints before he entered broadcasting. He was the color commentator alongside Jim Henderson on Saints radio broadcasts. In the fall of 2015, he was diagnosed with a rare cancer known as liposarcoma. Gajan died on April 11, 2016. He was the 2016 recipient of the Joe Gemelli Fleur-De-Lis Award, an annual award honoring a person for contributions to the Saints organization. Gajan's award was voted in March and was announced posthumously.
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