A. J. Hawk

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A. J. Hawk
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Hawk with the Green Bay Packers in 2011
No. -- Free agent
Position: Linebacker
Personal information
Date of birth: (1984-01-06) January 6, 1984 (age 32)
Place of birth: Kettering, Ohio
Height: 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight: 240 lb (109 kg)
Career information
High school: Centerville (OH)
College: Ohio State
NFL draft: 2006 / Round: 1 / Pick: 5
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 17, 2015
Total tackles: 945
Sacks: 20.0
Forced fumbles: 3
Fumble recoveries: 5
Interceptions: 9
Player stats at NFL.com
Player stats at PFR

Aaron James "A. J." Hawk (born January 6, 1984) is an American football linebacker who is currently a free agent. He was drafted by the Green Bay Packers fifth overall in the 2006 NFL Draft and he would later win Super Bowl XLV with the team over the Pittsburgh Steelers. He played college football at Ohio State, where he earned All-American honors twice and won the Lombardi Award as a senior. A.J. also runs his own podcast called The HawkCast.[1]

Early years[edit]

Hawk was born in Kettering, Ohio, and he grew up in Centerville, Ohio.[2] He attended Centerville High School, near Dayton, Ohio where he was a teammate of current Cincinnati Bengals kicker Mike Nugent on the football team. As a freshman at Centerville High School, Hawk made the Varsity Football team.[2] He holds multiple defensive records and is one of three active NFL players who played for the Centerville Elks high school football team.[3] A. J. Hawk's records include most tackles in a game (31) on three separate occasions. He also has the most career tackles (583).[4] Hawk was a 2-time All-State player in high school (1999 and 2000).

College career[edit]

Hawk enrolled in the Ohio State University, and played for coach Jim Tressel's Ohio State Buckeyes football team from 2002 to 2005. During his four-year Buckeye career, he played in 51 games, starting 38 of them.[5] He had 394 tackles with 196 of them solo, 41 of them for losses, 15 and a half sacks, 7 interceptions, and 13 fumbles recovered.[5] He also had two fumble recoveries and three forced fumbles and two touchdowns, one on a blocked punt and one on an interception. His performances earned him first team All Big Ten honors in all three years he started and the Most Valuable Player award for the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl. Following his senior season of 2005, he won the Lombardi Award as the best college football linebacker, and was recognized as a unanimous first-team All-American.

Honoring Pat Tillman[edit]

Before the 2005 season for the Ohio State Buckeyes Hawk, along with fellow starting linebackers Bobby Carpenter and Anthony Schlegel and center Nick Mangold, grew their hair out long to honor Pat Tillman.[6] They made the decision to do so after reading about him in Jim Tressel's 2004 Winners Manual handed out to all the players in the fall. Tillman turned down an NFL contract worth $3.6 million to join the Army in May 2002, after the outbreak of The War on Terror and was killed in action on April 22, 2004.

Professional career[edit]

Pre-draft measureables[edit]

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt 40-yd dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP
6 ft 1 in 248 lb 4.59 s 1.56 s 2.72 s 3.96 s 6.82 s 40 in 9 ft 7 in 24 reps
40 from Ohio State Pro Day, all others from NFL Combine.[7]

Green Bay Packers[edit]

Hawk in 2006 during player introductions.

On April 29, 2006 Hawk was drafted in the 1st round of the 2006 NFL Draft by the Green Bay Packers. He was the 5th overall pick of the draft. He signed a 6-year contract with the Packers, worth $37.5 million, on July 28, 2006.[8] He recorded his first NFL sack on September 24, 2006, when he sacked Detroit Lions Quarterback Jon Kitna in the fourth quarter. Hawk was selected the NFL Rookie Of The Week on October 23, 2006, in a win against the Miami Dolphins. He led Green Bay with 12 total tackles in the game and recorded one sack in the Packers’ 34–24 victory.

For his effort in the November 12, 2006, 23–17 victory over the Minnesota Vikings, Hawk was selected the NFL Rookie of the Week for the second time. Hawk recorded 13 total tackles and 1.5 sacks, and forced one fumble. Early in the third quarter, Hawk sacked the Vikings quarterback Brad Johnson for a 10-yard loss. He later combined with teammate Nick Barnett for another 10-yard sack.

On December 10, 2006, Hawk recorded his first NFL interception when he picked off Alex Smith during a 30–19 win over the San Francisco 49ers. On December 31, during the Packers' final game of the 2006 season, Hawk recorded his second interception of the season during a 26–7 win over the Chicago Bears.

In his rookie season, Hawk led the Packers' defense with 119 total tackles, 82 of them solo. He also recorded 2 interceptions, 3.5 sacks, 6 passes defended and 1 forced fumble.[9] He was third place in voting for the Associated Press Defensive Rookie of the Year.[10]

Hawk was a Pro Bowl alternate in 2010 and 2011.

In his second season he was second on the team with 105 total tackles, 78 of them solo. He also had one interception, one sack, four passes defended and one forced fumble. During the 2007 postseason he recorded eight tackles and one sack in two games.

In 2008, after spending the first nine games as the Packers' weakside linebacker Hawk was moved to middle linebacker after Nick Barnett tore his ACL. Hawk had 86 tackles and 3 sacks in the full 16 game season he started for Green Bay.[9]

With a Dom Capers' hiring and the preceding switch to the 3-4 defense, Hawk moved to inside linebacker for the 2009 season.

Hawk was released by the Packers on March 2, 2011,[11] then resigned the following day, March 3, 2011, with a new five-year deal.[12]

In 2011, Hawk was fined $10,000 by the NFL after flipping the bird during a game against the St. Louis Rams. Hawk was a alternate for the Pro Bowl In March 2013, Hawk restructured his contract, reducing his 2013 salary from $5.45 million to $3.6 million. His 2014 salary was reduced by $2.5 million and his 2015 salary was reduced by nearly $3 million. All told, the total value of the remaining three years on Hawk's deal is reduced by about $7 million ($17.85 million to $10.6 million), providing the Packers with more cap space.[13]

On February 25, 2015, Hawk was released by the Packers.[14] Hawk led the team in tackles in five of his nine seasons in Green Bay.[15]

Cincinnati Bengals[edit]

On March 10, 2015, Hawk signed a two-year, $3.25 million contract with the Cincinnati Bengals.[16][17] Hawk recorded his first sack with the Bengals in a Week 10 game against the Houston Texans.

Hawk was released on April 26, 2016.[18]

Career statistics[edit]

Year Team GP COMB TOTAL AST SACK FF FR FR YDS INT IR YDS AVG IR LNG TD PD
2006 GB 16 119 82 37 3.5 1 2 0 2 31 14 25 0 8
2007 GB 16 105 78 27 1.0 1 1 0 1 1 10 10 0 4
2008 GB 16 86 67 19 3.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
2009 GB 16 89 67 22 1.0 0 0 0 2 42 21 29 0 2
2010 GB 16 111 72 39 0.5 0 1 0 3 31 10 21 0 10
2011 GB 14 84 53 31 1.5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3
2012 GB 16 120 81 39 3.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2013 GB 16 118 74 44 5.0 1 1 0 1 7 7 7 0 4
2014 GB 16 89 53 36 .5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
2015 CIN 16 24 16 8 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total Total 158 947 644 303 20.0 3 5 0 9 121 13 29 0 35

[19]

Key

  • GP: games played
  • COMB: combined tackles
  • TOTAL: total tackles
  • AST: assisted tackles
  • SACK: sacks
  • FF: forced fumbles
  • FR: fumble recoveries
  • FR YDS: fumble return yards
  • INT: interceptions
  • IR YDS: interception return yards
  • AVG IR: average interception return
  • LNG: longest interception return
  • TD: interceptions returned for touchdown
  • PD: passes defensed

Personal[edit]

Hawk is married to Laura Quinn. Laura is the sister of former NFL quarterback Brady Quinn. Hawk's final game with the Buckeyes was the 2006 Fiesta Bowl against Notre Dame, where Quinn was playing at the time. During the game Laura wore a custom made jersey which was half Ohio State and half Notre Dame, combining Brady's number 10 and AJ's Number 47, making the number 17. Hawk managed to sack his future brother-in-law twice during the game and become co-MVP of the bowl which ended with an Ohio State victory.[20] Laura gave birth to the couple's first child, a daughter named Lennon Noel, on December 4, 2010. They welcomed their second child, a son named Hendrix Knight, in January 2013.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The HawkCast Website". 
  2. ^ a b "A.J. Hawk Biography". JockBio. Black Book Partners. 
  3. ^ Elks Football – NFL Players
  4. ^ Elks Football – Team Records
  5. ^ a b "A. J. Hawk Bio". Green Bay Packers. Archived from the original on August 20, 2010. Retrieved November 7, 2010. 
  6. ^ Archdeacon, Tom (December 29, 2005). "OSU linebackers let hair down to honor Tillman". East Valley Tribune. 
  7. ^ "A.J. Hawk". NFL Draft Scout.com. March 25, 2009. Retrieved March 25, 2009. 
  8. ^ "AJ Hawk". Rotoworld.com. July 28, 2006. Retrieved December 28, 2010. 
  9. ^ a b "A.J. Hawk". NFL. Retrieved December 28, 2010. 
  10. ^ "National Football League: Awards". CBSSports.com. Retrieved December 28, 2010. 
  11. ^ "Packers release A.J. Hawk". ESPN. March 2, 2011. Retrieved March 2, 2011. 
  12. ^ "Adam Schefter Twitter.". Twitter. March 3, 2011. Retrieved March 3, 2011. 
  13. ^ Western, Evan "Tex" (March 18, 2013). "A.J. Hawk Contract Details Released; Packers Gain $2M In Cap Space". Acme Packing Company. Retrieved June 17, 2014. 
  14. ^ "Green Bay Packers on Twitter". Twitter. February 25, 2015. Retrieved February 25, 2015. 
  15. ^ "A.J. Hawk". Green Bay Packers. 2014. Retrieved June 17, 2014. 
  16. ^ Gantt, Darin (March 10, 2015). "Bengals reach two-year deal with linebacker A.J. Hawk". Pro Football Talk. Retrieved 2015-03-10. 
  17. ^ Harvey, Coley (March 12, 2015). "Breaking down A.J. Hawk's new Bengals contract". ESPN.com. Retrieved 2015-03-12. 
  18. ^ http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap3000000656083/article/cincinnati-bengals-release-linebacker-aj-hawk
  19. ^ "A.J. Hawk Stats". ESPN Internet Ventures. Retrieved 26 May 2016. 
  20. ^ "Fiesta Bowl" (PDF). Fiesta Bowl. Retrieved December 28, 2010. 

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