With his toughness, speed and an overall work ethic that rivals some of the best, Packers linebacker AJ Hawk appears to have every tool to succeed in the NFL.
As a rookie last year, Hawk led Green Bay in tackles with 121, including 84 solo stops. He also added 3.5 sacks; two interceptions and a forced fumble while starting all 16 games for the Packers. In a Week 10 win over Minnesota, he contributed 13 tackles, a sack and a forced fumble.
Green Bay will love his willingness to work and his high motor on and off the field. Hawk probably won’t be the kind of linebacker you count on in pass protection, but that doesn’t mean he’s a stiff out there either. He has great sideline-to-sideline tackling ability and should help the Packers in run defense.Both Hawk and the Pack had a fantastic season in 2007. He finished second in team tackles with 105 and Green Bay got all the way to the NFC Championship before losing to the eventual Super Bowl Champion New York Giants.
Official Green Bay Packers Player Bio: A.J. Hawk
The Green Bay Packers official website offers a complete college summery on Hawk, as well as a brief bio section and links to photos.
Official A.J. Hawk Website
Hawk’s official website offers a bio, photo gallery and gift shop.
NFL.com Player Profile: A.J. Hawk
NFL.com offers all of Hawk’s season and career stats as well as a brief bio.
NFLPlayers.com: A.J. Hawk
What’s unique about NFLPlayers.com, is it offers a journal and interview with Hawk on top of the usual information you find on players (i.e. a bio, stats and photos).
Latest on Hawk
Anyone who thought Hawk might slump in his sophomore season was sadly mistaken. While he didn't lead the Packers in tackles like he did his rookie year, Hawk still finished second to Nick Barnett (131) with 105 total takedowns. Hawk also finished with a sack, a forced fumble and an interception.
News and Commentary
Versatile Hawk has tools to become a star
FOX Sports.com columnist John Czarnecki loves the versatility of the Packers' A.J. Hawk.
Right after he was drafted, read about Hawk's tremendous work eithic at The Scores Report, the National Sports Blog.
Football in Green Bay: ‘It’s phenomenal’
Packer linebacker A.J. Hawk gets his first taste of football in Green Bay.
"Green Bay Selects AJ Hawk, LB, Ohio State"
Check out AJ Hawk’s draft day selection at YouTube.com.
John Clayton on the ’06 linebacker class
ESPN’s John Clayton discusses the role a linebacker plays in an NFL draft while also going over the possibility that this year’s class is better than the ’00 backers.
On what kind of NFL linebacker he wants to be:
"I don't want to be considered a linebacker who is just a run stopper or one that is simply better in coverage. I want to be a complete linebacker. In this defense, I can run and make plays."
On the game of football:
"I don't think the game of football is that easy, but I also don't think it is as complicated as a lot of people like to think. I try to make it simple. I try to remember that when things are going crazy out there on the field and people are scheming too much. I try to remember that."
On marrying young:
"You hear so many horror stories about dating when you're rich and kind of famous. I fell in love and was just ready."