"(Being inducted) into the Hall of Fame was very important for my three kids, as they don't remember much of me playing footy," Hawkins said.
"I think it was great for the Bulldogs supporters, who had followed me since I was 17.
"And, personally, it's one of the great honours. It's pretty good. It's some sort of consolation for not playing in a premiership.
"There's no better thing than to play in a Grand Final, which we weren't good enough and I wasn't good enough to, so I missed that opportunity.
"But a small consolation, I suppose, is to be in the Hall of Fame with the who's who of footy – all the legends, like Bobby Skilton, Kevin Murray and Kevin Barlett and these sorts blokes.
"It's just fantastic."