A. J. Hawk



Aaron James Hawk (born January 6, 1984 in Centerville, Ohio) is an American football linebacker for the Green Bay Packers of the NFL. A two-time All-American in college, he played for the Ohio State University. He is 6'1" and 247 pounds (1.85 m, 112 kg), ran the 40 in 4.5 seconds, ran the shuttle in 3.96 seconds, and has a 40 inch (102 cm) vertical leap.

Hawk was injured for most of his senior year at Centerville High School. Despite this, he finished the season with 82 tackles. Scout.com labeled him a three-star recruit.

Hawk led the Buckeyes in tackles for three consecutive years (2003-2005). He was a consensus first team All-America selection as a junior and a unanimous first team All-America selection as a senior. In 2005, he also won the Lombardi Award and was voted Ohio State Most Valuable Player by his teammates.

At Ohio State, he led his team against Kansas State and Notre Dame in the 2004 and 2006 Fiesta Bowls, respectively; winning the Defensive MVP award in both contests. Gil Brandt of NFL.com said, "but if you were just looking at the prospects this year in a pure football sense and just saying who is the best player in this draft, it would be A.J. Hawk. He is amazing."

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. He recorded his first NFL sack on September 24, 2006, when he sacked Detroit Lions Quarterback Jon Kitna in the fourth quarter.

* During the 2006 Tostitos Fiesta Bowl, the commentators made mention of Hawk's relationship with the sister (Laura Quinn) of opposing quarterback Brady Quinn twice (along with a shot of her that showed her to be wearing a jersey that was split in half to be half Notre Dame, half Ohio State). The two married in a Green Bay, Wisconsin law office on 2006-07-24.

* Leading up to the draft, A.J., along with fellow prospects Vernon Davis and Jeremy Bloom, appeared in ads for Under Armour's new line of football cleats, with the slogan "Click Clack (I think they hear us coming)."Permission is granted to copy, distribute and/or modify this document under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License, Version 1.2 or any later version published by the Free Software Foundation; with no Invariant Sections, with no Front-Cover Texts, and with no Back-Cover Texts.
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