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Aaron James “A.J.” Hawk was born in Kettering, Ohio on January 6, 1984. He attended Centerville High School in Ohio where he lettered four times in football and twice as a point guard for basketball. He played middle linebacker, running back and quarterback for the Centerville football team. A.J. Hawk also handled punting chores for two seasons and served as place-kicker as a senior. Hawk was rated as the nation’s No. 30 middle linebacker by Rivals.com. A.J. Hawk finished his high school career with 585 tackles.
After high school A.J. Hawk went to Ohio State. He was a three year starter and earned first-team All-Big Ten honors each of those seasons. A.J. played in 51 games for the Ohio State Buckeyes with 38 starts. During his Ohio State career A.J. Hawk had 394 tackles, 41 stops for loss, 15/12 sacks, seven interceptions, 13 passes broken up, two fumbles recovered and three forced fumbles. As a senior in 2005 A.J. earned consensus All-America honors for the second straight year and won the Lombardi Award which is given to college football’s most outstanding lineman or linebacker. A.J. Hawk also got the MVP award at the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl.
On April 29, 2006 A.J. Hawk was drafted in the 1st round of the 2006 NFL Draft by the Green Bay Packers. Hawk signed a six year contract with the Green Bay Packers worth $37.5 million. Hawk got his first sack on September 24, 2006 when he sacked Detroit Lions Quarterback John Kitna. Throughout his rookie year A.J. Hawk started all 16 games. He led the team with 155 tackles which was second-most ever recorded by a Green Bay Packers rookie and he led the linebackers with 3 ½ sacks. Hawk Finished third in the Associated Press Defensive Rookie of the Year voting. A.J. Hawk was also named to the Pro Football Weekly/Pro Football Writers Association All-Rookie team and won Diet Pepsi Rookie of the Week honors for Weeks 7 and 10. During his second year as a Green Bay Packer A.J. Hawk started all 16 games plus both playoff games. He finished the season with 129 tackles which was second highest for the Green Bay Packers that year. He also had one sack, one fumble recovery, one forced fumble, one interception and four passes defended.
In 2009, AJ Hawk competed in all 16 games for the Green Bay Packers and had 14 starts. AJ Hawk also had the chance to play in the Green Bay Packers playoff game. AJ Hawk was picked as an alternate for the Pro Bowl. That season, he ended second on the team with 87 tackles, 1 sack, and 4 passes defensed.
AJ Hawk signed a new five year deal with the Packers on March 3, 2011. Buy your Green Bay Packers tickets today to cheer on Hawk and your favorite Packers players!
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