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A.J. Hawk
LB #50
Height:
6-1
Weight:
242
Age:
30
College:
Ohio State
Experience:
9

Quick Stats (2013):

TCKL
118
SCK
5.0
FF
1
INT
1

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Career Stats
SeasonTeamGamesTacklesInterceptionsFumbles
GGSTotalSoloAstSckSFTYPDefIntYdsAvgLngTDsFFFR
TOTAL 832 574 258 18.5 0 31 9 121 -- 29 0 3 5
2013 GB 16 16 118 74 44 5.0 -- 5 1 7 7 7 0 1 1
2012 GB 16 16 120 81 39 3.0 -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
2011 GB 14 14 84 53 31 1.5 -- 3 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
2010 GB 16 15 111 72 39 0.5 -- 10 3 31 10.3 21 0 0 1
2009 GB 16 14 89 67 22 1.0 -- 2 2 42 21 29 0 0 --
2008 GB 16 16 86 67 19 3.0 -- 1 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
2007 GB 16 16 105 78 27 1.0 -- 4 1 10 10 10 0 1 1
2006 GB 16 16 119 82 37 3.5 -- 6 2 31 15.5 25 0 1 2
Recent Games
WKOppResultTacklesInterceptionsFumbles
TotalSoloAstSckSFTYPDefIntYdsAvgLngTDsFFFR
1 @SF L 28-34 9 6 3 -- -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
2 WAS W 38-20 5 2 3 -- -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
3 @CIN L 30-34 9 6 3 -- -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 1
5 DET W 22-9 9 7 2 -- -- 1 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
6 @BAL W 19-17 10 8 2 -- -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
7 CLE W 31-13 12 2 10 -- -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
8 @MIN W 44-31 5 2 3 -- -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
9 CHI L 20-27 8 4 4 -- -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
10 PHI L 13-27 7 7 0 -- -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
11 @NYG L 13-27 6 3 3 -- -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
12 MIN L 26-26 11 9 2 -- -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 1 --
13 @DET L 10-40 12 8 4 -- -- 1 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
14 ATL W 22-21 4 2 2 -- -- 1 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
15 @DAL W 37-36 3 2 1 -- -- 1 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
16 PIT L 31-38 6 4 2 -- -- 1 1 7 7 7 0 0 --
17 @CHI W 33-28 2 2 0 -- -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --

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Biography

  • Has either led the team or finished second in tackles in six of his seven seasons in Green Bay.
  • Has appeared in 110 of a possible 112 regular-season games in his career, starting 107 of them. Missed his first-ever games in 2011 after suffering a calf injury at Detroit in Week 12.
  • Tied for No. 1 among NFL linebackers in 2010 with a career-high three interceptions.
  • Led the team in tackles as a rookie in 2006 with 155, the second most ever recorded by a Green Bay rookie (Rich Wingo, 166 in 1979). His 112 solo stops were third best in the NFL among all players that year.
  • Finished third in NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year voting and earned a spot on the Pro Football Weekly/Pro Football Writers Association All-Rookie Team.
  • First linebacker drafted in the top five of the NFL Draft since Washington chose LaVar Arrington No. 2 overall in 2000.
  • A consensus All-American both as a junior (2004) and senior (2005), earned first-team All-Big Ten honors in each of his three seasons as a starter. Also captured the 2005 Lombardi Award, given annually to the nation’s top lineman or linebacker.
  • Nicknamed “A.J.” by his parents, fans of legendary Indy car driver A.J. Foyt.
  • Grew his hair out in 2005 as a tribute to the late Pat Tillman, the former NFL player who lost his life with the U.S. Army while serving in Afghanistan. Kept it long until March 2012, when he cut it and donated it to “Wigs For Kids,” a charity that makes wigs for children who have lost their hair due to chemotherapy treatments.

 
Pro Highlights:

  • Productive, assignment-sure defender entering his eighth season, having played in 110 of a possible 112 regular-season games with 107 starts in his first seven years following selection as a top-five draft pick.
  • Has posted 872 tackles (622 solo), 13½ sacks, eight interceptions, 34 passes defensed, two forced fumbles and four fumble recoveries during his career, and has registered 100-plus tackles in six of his seven seasons in Green Bay.
  • The lone constant in an ILB group beset by injuries in 2012, he started all 16 games for the first time since 2008 and led the defense with 142 tackles (105 solo), the second-highest total of his career. Also recorded three sacks, his most since 2008.
  • Has either led the team or finished second in tackles in six of his seven seasons in Green Bay and his 110 regular-season games played as a Packer is tied for the most on the current roster with CB Jarrett Bush.
  • Started all 14 games in which he appeared in 2011, missing the first two contests of his career following a calf injury suffered in the first half of the team’s Week 12 game at Detroit.
  • Finished third on the team with 104 tackles (73 solo), in addition to posting 1½ sacks and five passes defensed. Was also voted by teammates to serve as a playoff captain for the second consecutive season.
  • Enjoyed one of his best seasons in 2010 as he took on a bigger role than in previous years, assuming the lead communicator duties between the coaches and the huddle in the absence of LB Nick Barnett, who missed the final 12 games with a wrist injury.
  • With injuries to Barnett and veteran LB Brandon Chillar, rarely came off the field in 2010, and wound up leading the team with 134 tackles (97 solo) and posting a career-high three interceptions, which tied him for the NFL lead among linebackers.
  • Was named a Pro Bowl alternate in 2010, but was credited with his first career selection because he would have been added to the all-star roster as an emergency injury replacement had the Packers not been preparing for Super Bowl XLV.
  • Despite seeing his snap count go down in ’09 compared to his first four seasons because of the Packers’ frequent use of sub-packages, was one of only 10 linebackers in the NFL to post at least 85 tackles, two interceptions and a sack.
  • In 2008, played through chest and groin injuries to lead the Packers in tackles for the second time in his career after moving from weak-side to middle linebacker the second half of the season to replace the injured Barnett.
  • His team-leading 155 tackles in 2006 were the second most ever recorded by a Packers’ rookie (Rich Wingo, 166 in 1979), and his 112 solo tackles ranked third in the league.
  • Finished third in The Associated Press Defensive Rookie of the Year voting and earned a spot on the Pro Football Weekly/Pro Football Writers Association All-Rookie Team.
  • The first linebacker taken in the 2006 draft after being a consensus All-American each of his final two seasons at Ohio State. One of only two linebackers taken among the top five selections over a period of nine NFL drafts (1998-2006), joining LaVar Arrington (No. 2 overall, 2000).
  • Followed the likes of Lawrence Taylor (1981), Derrick Thomas (1989), Junior Seau (1990) and Willie McGinest (1994) as one of only 28 linebackers drafted in the top five since the AFL-NFL merger in 1970.

 
2012 SEASON
: The lone inside LB to start all 16 games, he maintained his run of durability at a position once again plagued by injuries…Fellow starting ILB Desmond Bishop suffered a significant hamstring injury in the preseason opener at San Diego (Aug. 9) and was lost for the season…His replacement, LB D.J. Smith, sustained a knee injury at Houston in Week 6 and was also placed on injured reserve…Marked the first time he had started all 16 games since 2008…Posted a team-leading 142 tackles (105 solo), the second-highest total of his career (155 in 2006)…Also recorded three sacks, tied for second most in his career and most since 2008 (also three)…Vs. San Francisco (Sept. 9): Led the defense with a team-high 17 tackles (12 solo)…At Houston (Oct. 14): Made the 100th game of his career an active one, leading the team with nine tackles (seven solo) and his first sack of the season. Sack came on the Texans’ first drive of the second half when he knifed through and dropped QB Matt Schaub for a 12-yard loss. Also was a critical part of the run defense that limited Pro Bowl RB Arian Foster to just 29 yards on 17 carries, a 1.7-yard average that was a career-low (min. 15 attempts)…Vs. Tennessee (Dec. 23): Spearheaded a dominating defensive effort that limited the Titans to just 180 yards of total offense and 10 first downs on the afternoon. Finished with seven tackles (six solo) and had an especially productive day rushing the passer, equaling his career high with two sacks. First sack came late in the first quarter when he crossed with LB Clay Matthews to the inside and dropped QB Jake Locker for a 7-yard loss. Later crashed through the line on the Titans’ opening drive of the second half, going untouched to sack Locker for a loss of 8…At Minnesota (Dec. 30): Appeared on 57 plays and led the way with 11 tackles (five solo, two for loss), also adding a pressure. Had a tackle for loss when he shot between RG and RT and dropped RB Adrian Peterson for a 2-yard loss.

2011: Started all but two games at “Buck” LB, landing on the inactive list for the first time in his career after suffering a calf strain in the first half of the team’s Thanksgiving Day game at Detroit in Week 12…Snapped a streak of 98 consecutive games played (including playoffs) to start his career when he was listed as a gameday inactive at the N.Y. Giants in Week 13…In all, started 14 games, tallying 104 tackles (73 solo), 1½ sacks and five passes defensed for the season…Eclipsed the 100-tackle plateau for the fifth time in his six seasons…Was voted one of the team’s six captains for the postseason for the second consecutive year…Vs. Denver (Oct. 2): Made seven tackles (five solo) and deflected a pass that resulted in an INT for S Charlie Peprah in the fourth quarter. On the play, jarred the ball loose from WR Eric Decker as it arrived and the ball caromed up into the air and was secured by Peprah, allowing Green Bay to run out the remaining 1:54 on the clock. Also crossed with Bishop on a blitz in the third quarter, occupying blockers to free Bishop for an 8-yard sack…Vs. St. Louis (Oct. 16): Had one of his most active and productive games of the season, recording a season-high 13 tackles (seven solo, one for loss) and his first full sack of the season, keying a defense that did not give up a TD. On the sack, twisted around DE Howard Green to find a gap in the middle of the protection, burying QB Sam Bradford for a 9-yard loss…At Detroit (Nov. 24): Started the game and recorded seven tackles (five solo) and a pass defensed, but sustained a calf injury late in the first half and did not return…At N.Y. Giants (Dec. 4): Was sidelined during the practice week while rehabilitating the injury and was listed as a gameday inactive for the first time in his career, snapping a streak of 98 consecutive games played (including playoffs)…Vs. Oakland (Dec. 11): Returned to practice late in the week and dressed for the game, but did not play…At Kansas City (Dec. 18): Returned to the starting lineup after missing the previous two games, and finished second on the defense with 11 tackles (nine solo).

2010: Played in all 16 games for the fifth straight season, opening 15 contests at BLB…Led the team with 134 tackles (97 solo)…Registered six double-digit tackle games…Posted a career-best three INTs and matched his career high with nine passes defensed…The three INTs tied him for No. 1 among LBs in the league…Was named a Pro Bowl alternate, but was credited with his first career selection because he would have been added to the all-star roster as an emergency replacement had the Packers not been preparing for Super Bowl XLV…Started all four playoff games and ranked No. 3 on the team with 23 tackles (15 solo) while adding two passes defensed…Was voted one of the two defensive captains by his teammates for the postseason…His only non-start of the season came in the opener at Philadelphia (Sept. 12) when he was limited to special teams with the defense playing sub-packages the entire game…Vs. Detroit (Oct. 3): Turned in a solid effort with 12 tackles (all solo) and an INT. His pick stopped a Detroit scoring threat at the Green Bay 10 when he intercepted QB Shaun Hill’s short pass over the middle intended for RB Jahvid Best...Vs. Miami (Oct. 17): Tied for the team lead with a season-high 16 tackles (10 solo), the most since he recorded a career-high 20 stops at Seattle (Nov. 27, 2006) as a rookie…Vs. Minnesota (Oct. 24): Picked off a QB Brett Favre pass intended for WR Bernard Berrian on third down in the third quarter at the Green Bay 38; returned the INT 21 yards to the Minnesota 41. The turnover set up a WR Greg Jennings 14-yard TD catch five plays later to put the Packers up 21-17. Finished with a team-high 13 tackles (10 solo)…Vs. N.Y. Giants (Dec. 26): Recorded seven tackles (four solo) and an INT. His career-high third pick came with just over two minutes remaining when he intercepted QB Eli Manning’s pass over the middle intended for RB Ahmad Bradshaw at the Green Bay 23…Vs. Chicago (Jan. 2): Posted 13 tackles (11 solo), a half-sack and a pass defensed. Teamed with DE Jarius Wynn to sack QB Jay Cutler for a 9-yard loss early in the second quarter on third down…At Chicago (NFC Championship, Jan. 23): Led the team with 10 tackles (seven solo), his postseason career high…Vs. Pittsburgh (Super Bowl XLV, Feb. 6): Took every snap and ranked third on the defense with seven tackles (six solo) and two passes defensed. Came on a blitz late in the first half to make a leaping deflection of a QB Ben Roethlisberger pass at the line of scrimmage, quickly turning around to nearly intercept the pass. Also came on a blitz on second down on the Steelers’ final drive to flush Roethlisberger out of the pocket as he threw the ball away. The Steelers turned it over on downs two plays later, sealing the win for Green Bay.

2009: Played in all 16 games with 14 starts at BLB…His only non-starts came in both Minnesota games when the defense opened in nickel…Also played in the Wild Card contest…Selected as a Pro Bowl alternate…Finished second on the team with 87 tackles (70 solo) and led Green Bay’s LBs with two INTs…Added a sack, four passes defensed and two tackles on special teams…At St. Louis (Sept. 27): Led team with season-high 11 tackles (seven solo)…At Cleveland (Oct. 25): Led the defense with 10 tackles (eight solo), including a season-high three tackles for loss. Stopped RB Jamal Lewis for losses of 1 and 2 yards on runs, and brought QB Derek Anderson down for a 2-yard loss on a fumbled snap…At Tampa Bay (Nov. 8): Posted his first sack of the season when he brought down QB Josh Freeman for a 7-yard loss at the Tampa Bay 3 midway through the second quarter. Finished the afternoon with six tackles (five solo)…Vs. Baltimore (Dec. 7): Led the team with seven  tackles (five solo) and posted his first INT of the season. With the Packers up 24-14 midway through the fourth quarter, ran down the seam with TE Todd Heap and made leaping INT at the Green Bay 47; returned the pick 13 yards to Baltimore’s 40 to help set up a 32-yard Mason Crosby FG…Vs. Seattle (Dec. 27): Intercepted QB Matt Hasselbeck’s third-down pass in the right flat on Seattle’s opening drive at Green Bay’s 36-yard line, and then made a career-long 29-yard return. Added five tackles (all solo).

2008: Started every game for the third straight season, playing through chest and groin injuries…Had nine starts at WLB and final seven at MLB, where he replaced the injured Barnett...Led team with 121 tackles (84 solo)...Led LBs and was tied for second on the team with three sacks...On the field for 869 of 1,050 (82.8 percent) defensive plays, most among the team’s LBs…Vs. Minnesota (Sept. 8): Started at WLB and led the team with season-high 12 tackles after missing final three preseason games with chest injury suffered in preseason opener vs. Cincinnati (Aug. 11)...At Detroit (Sept. 14): Posted first two-sack game of his career and tied for the team lead with seven tackles. On second sack, leaped over attempted block by RB Kevin Smith and brought down QB Jon Kitna…At Tampa Bay (Sept. 28): Posted four tackles and broke up a pass intended for TE Jerramy Stevens in the end zone on third down to limit the Bucs to a FG. Left game briefly in second half with groin injury…Vs. Chicago (Nov. 16): Started first career game at MLB in place of an injured Barnett and led team with 12 tackles, matching his season high…At Jacksonville (Dec. 14): Started at MLB and tied for team high with 10 tackles, including sack of David Garrard for an 8-yard loss early in the fourth quarter...Vs. Detroit (Dec. 28): Started seventh straight game at MLB and surpassed 400-tackle mark for his career with eight stops (six solo).

2007: Started all 16 games (plus both playoff contests) at WLB and finished second on the team with 129 tackles (81 solo), adding one sack, one fumble recovery, one forced fumble, one INT and four passes defensed…Played 92.2 percent of the defensive snaps…Vs. Washington (Oct. 14): Made nine tackles (six solo), plus one forced fumble and one fumble recovery. In the first quarter, stripped the ball away from TE Chris Cooley (recovered by Cooley), and in the fourth quarter, dove on a RB Clinton Portis fumble that was knocked out by S Atari Bigby…At Kansas City (Nov. 4): Made his first INT of the year and third of his career, stepping in front of a pass intended for RB Priest Holmes…At Dallas (Nov. 29): Had a team- and season-high 14 tackles (eight solo), with three tackles for loss. In the second quarter, stuffed RB Marion Barber for minus-1 yard. On consecutive pass plays in the third quarter, took down TE Jason Witten for a 1-yard loss and Barber for a loss of 3…Vs. N.Y. Giants (NFC Championship, Jan. 20): Made nine tackles (four solo), with one sack, bringing down Manning on fourth-and-8 near the end of the first half.

2006: Started all 16 games and led the team with 155 tackles (112 solo), second most ever recorded by a Packers rookie (Wingo, 166 tackles in 1979), and led LBs with 3½ sacks…Among all NFL players, only Houston LB DeMeco Ryans (126) and Chicago LB Lance Briggs (117) had more solo stops…Also notched a pair of INTs among nine passes defensed, forced a fumble and recovered two others…Was on the field for 995 snaps, or 95.3 percent; the Packers thus utilized the nickel package more than dime…Finished third in The Associated Press Defensive Rookie of the Year voting…Named to the prestigious Pro Football Weekly/Pro Football Writers Association All-Rookie team and won Diet Pepsi Rookie of the Week honors twice (Weeks 7 and 10)…At Detroit (Sept. 24): Recorded his first NFL sack, dropping Kitna in the fourth quarter…At Philadelphia (Oct. 2): Teamed with DE Aaron Kampman to sack QB Donovan McNabb; earlier, recovered a fumble inside the Packers’ 5-yard line (forced by CB Charles Woodson)…At Miami (Oct. 22): Made a team-high 16 tackles (13 solo), plus broke up a pass and sacked QB Joey Harrington, forcing the Dolphins to settle for a FG…At Minnesota (Nov. 12): Assisted on two sacks (1.0 total) and posted 17 tackles (11 solo), in addition to his first career forced fumble. Combining with DT Cullen Jenkins, sacked Brad Johnson for a 10-yard loss, getting to Johnson first by shedding two blocks by Vikings RBs. In the fourth quarter, sacked Johnson again with Barnett, leading to another punt…At Seattle (Nov. 27): Had a career-best 20 tackles (16 solo)…At San Francisco (Dec. 10): Made his first career INT, stepping in front of an Alex Smith throw to TE Vernon Davis in the end zone, returning it 25 yards…At Chicago (Dec. 31): Snared a third-down Brian Griese pass in the third quarter for his second INT…2006 Draft: Selected fifth overall in the first round and joined Vinnie Clark (1991) and John Brockington (1971) in Packers history as first-round selections from Ohio State. Became the first LB taken in the top five by the Packers since Fred Carr (5th) in 1968.

COLLEGE: Played in 51 games at Ohio State with 38 starts, collecting 394 tackles (196 solo), 41 stops for loss, 15½ sacks, seven INTs, 13 passes broken up, two fumbles recovered and three forced fumbles; also returned both a blocked punt and INT for TDs…A three-year starter (2003-05), earned first-team All-Big Ten honors each of those seasons…Available for every play during his college career, he started his final 37 contests in consecutive fashion…Earned his degree in criminology…Senior season (2005): Earned consensus All-America honors for the second straight year and won the Lombardi Award, given annually to college football’s most outstanding lineman or linebacker…Also finished as a finalist for the Bednarik, Lott and Butkus awards…The Big Ten’s preseason and postseason Defensive Player of the Year and without question college football’s premier LB, also garnered defensive MVP at the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl…Started all 12 games and led the team in tackles for a third consecutive year, racking up 121 stops (69 solo); also posted team-leading totals in tackles for loss (16½) and sacks (9½) while adding one INT, three passes broken up, one fumble recovery and two forced fumbles…Paced a unit that led the nation in rushing defense (73.42 yards per game) and finished fifth in total defense (281.73)…In heartbreaking, early-season home loss to No. 2 Texas (Sept. 10), posted 12 tackles, picked off a third-down pass by Young to set up a FG, recovered QB Vince Young’s fumble on the ensuing drive, and forced a late-game fumble from Young which the QB recovered…Notched season-high 19 tackles, one short of his collegiate best, vs. No. 16 Michigan State (Oct. 15) and posted a sack and forced fumble, plus returned a blocked punt 8 yards for a TD, vs. No. 25 Northwestern (Nov. 12)…Closed his collegiate career by helping OSU to 34-20 win over No. 6 Notre Dame in Tostitos Fiesta Bowl (Jan. 2); had 12 tackles (nine solo), 3½ stops for loss and a pair of sacks – both times dropping Brady Quinn, his future brother-in-law…Junior season (2004): Entered as media’s preseason Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year…Started all 12 contests, collecting a collegiate-high 141 tackles (62 solo), en route to consensus All-America honors (Sporting News, AP, Walter Camp, Football Writers)…Also totaled eight tackles for loss, one sack, five passes broken up and a pair of INTs, while recovering one fumble and forcing another…In nine games, led the team in tackles, and had at least nine tackles in all 11 regular-season contests…Notched an astonishing 49 tackles over a three-game stretch, with 14 stops (four solo) at Northwestern (Oct. 2), a career-best 20 tackles (eight solo) – becoming the first OSU player since LB Chris Spielman in 1986 to reach that single-game mark – vs. No. 15 Wisconsin (Oct. 9), and 15 stops (eight solo) at Iowa (Oct. 16)…His acrobatic INT at Michigan State (Nov. 6) halted the Spartans’ final drive with OSU clinging to a 25-19 lead in eventual 32-19 triumph…Sophomore season (2003): Emerged as defensive pillar for defending national champions, leading team with 106 tackles (52 solo), earning first-team All-Big Ten honors in his initial season as a starter…Started all 13 games, finishing with 13 tackles for loss, four sacks, five passes broken up and two INTs…In 44-38 triumph vs. No. 24 North Carolina State (Sept. 13), returned an INT 55 yards to set up a field goal and posted 12 tackles (six solo), including two for loss; was in on the game-ending tackle at the Wolfpack goal line, sealing the Buckeyes’ triple-OT win…Influential in 35-28 Tostitos Fiesta Bowl victory over No. 8 Kansas State (Jan. 1), captured defensive MVP honors with 10 tackles (six solo) and 1½ stops for loss…Freshman season (2002): Saw consistent playing time as key reserve in Ohio State’s road to 14-0, national championship season…Backing up WLB Cie Grant, notched 26 stops (13 solo), 3½ tackles for loss, an assisted sack and two INTs, one of which he returned 34 yards for a TD vs. Kent State (Sept. 7)…In his first career start, a 13-7 win vs. No. 18 Penn State (Oct. 26), his INT ended the Lions’ initial possession…Combined on his first career sack vs. Wisconsin (Oct. 19) and picked up one tackle for loss in a thrilling, 14-9 win vs. Michigan (Nov. 23), clinching an invitation to the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl national championship vs. Miami, Fla. (Jan. 3).

PERSONAL: Given name Aaron James Hawk…Nicknamed “A.J.” by his parents since birth, after legendary Indy car driver A.J. Foyt…Born in Kettering, Ohio…Married the former Laura Quinn, whose brother Brady was a 2007 first-round pick by the Cleveland Browns and currently plays for the Seattle Seahawks…The couple wed prior to his first NFL training camp in a civil ceremony, then had a more traditional wedding ceremony in March 2007…The couple has a 2-year-old daughter, Lennon, and welcomed the birth of their son, Hendrix, in January 2013…Brother, Ryan, played QB for the Birmingham Steeldogs of Arena Football “2” and played in college at Ohio University…High school: Lettered four years at Centerville (Ohio) High School, playing MLB, RB and QB…Also handled punting chores for two seasons, and served as placekicker as a senior…Rated as the nation’s No. 30 MLB by Rivals.com, finished with 585 career tackles, including 142 as a freshman starter…Averaged better than 40 yards per punt as a senior…Didn’t attract great national attention mostly due to a knee injury that sidelined him much of his final season, limiting him to only 82 tackles…Also earned a pair of letters (as a freshman and sophomore) playing point guard on the Centerville basketball team…Community involvement: Participated with the NFL’s Play 60 Super School program in 2012, speaking at an elementary school assembly and taking part in a gym class...Joined the winning child at Valley View Elementary School for “Take a Player to School” in 2009…Was also chosen by local McKinley Elementary student for “Take a Player to School” day and spoke to students about health and fitness in ’08…Also visited with local elementary students the past three years as their reward for participating in the Packers’ Women’s Association food drive…Has supported the Jerry Parins Cruise for Cancer, the Donald Driver Foundation, the Greg Jennings Foundation, the Al Harris Outreach Program and The 2nd & 7 Foundation, which is the charity of fellow OSU alum Mike Vrabel…Has twice been on the Buckeye Cruise for Cancer, which raises money for the the Stefanie Spielman Fund for Breast Cancer Research; Stefanie – who died of breast cancer in November 2009 after a 12-year a battle with the disease – was the wife of Chris, a former Ohio State and NFL star…Is a spokesman for the Wisconsin Special Olympics, a cause he takes particular interest in because a relative of his used to compete…Every year, attends the Wisconsin Special Olympics opening ceremony in Stevens Point, Wis. …Hobbies/interests: Holds B.A. degree in criminology and is interested in law enforcement following his NFL career…Grew his hair long in 2005 as a tribute to the late Pat Tillman, the former NFL player who lost his life while serving with the U.S. Army in Afghanistan…Kept it long for seven years, before cutting it in March 2012 and donating the trimmings to “Wigs For Kids,” a charitable organization that makes wigs for children who have lost their hair during chemotherapy treatments…Made the donation as a preamble to the formation of his own charity, “Hawk’s Locks For Kids,” that supports similar causes and donations…Hosted the first annual Hawk’s Locks For Kids Fundraiser at the Skyline Comedy Club in Appleton, Wis., in November 2012…The event featured an evening of stand-up comedy and a meet-and-greet beforehand with Hawk, and raised more than $6,000 in ticket and silent-auction proceeds for the charity…Maintains friendships with former Buckeyes Bobby Carpenter, Nick Mangold (N.Y. Jets) and Anthony Schlegel…Threw out the first pitch at a Milwaukee Brewers game in April 2007; also took batting practice in full baseball uniform and hit two HRs…Traveled to Rome, Paris and London with his wife during the offseason in 2010…Enjoys dog training and breeding and playing cornhole…Captured the title of “Celebrity Long Drive” at the American Century Celebrity Golf Classic in Lake Tahoe, Nev., in both 2008 and 2011…Presented an award at the Cartoon Network Awards during the offseason in 2010…Attended the ESPYs in 2011…Lists Top Gun as his favorite movie and O.A.R. as his favorite musical act…His favorite book is Good to Go, a firsthand narrative told by Navy S.E.A.L. Harry Constance…Residence: Split between Columbus, Ohio, and Green Bay.

  • Has either led the team or finished second in tackles in six of his seven seasons in Green Bay.
  • Has appeared in 110 of a possible 112 regular-season games in his career, starting 107 of them. Missed his first-ever games in 2011 after suffering a calf injury at Detroit in Week 12.
  • Tied for No. 1 among NFL linebackers in 2010 with a career-high three interceptions.
  • Led the team in tackles as a rookie in 2006 with 155, the second most ever recorded by a Green Bay rookie (Rich Wingo, 166 in 1979). His 112 solo stops were third best in the NFL among all players that year.
  • Finished third in NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year voting and earned a spot on the Pro Football Weekly/Pro Football Writers Association All-Rookie Team.
  • First linebacker drafted in the top five of the NFL Draft since Washington chose LaVar Arrington No. 2 overall in 2000.
  • A consensus All-American both as a junior (2004) and senior (2005), earned first-team All-Big Ten honors in each of his three seasons as a starter. Also captured the 2005 Lombardi Award, given annually to the nation’s top lineman or linebacker.
  • Nicknamed “A.J.” by his parents, fans of legendary Indy car driver A.J. Foyt.
  • Grew his hair out in 2005 as a tribute to the late Pat Tillman, the former NFL player who lost his life with the U.S. Army while serving in Afghanistan. Kept it long until March 2012, when he cut it and donated it to “Wigs For Kids,” a charity that makes wigs for children who have lost their hair due to chemotherapy treatments.

 
Pro Highlights:

  • Productive, assignment-sure defender entering his eighth season, having played in 110 of a possible 112 regular-season games with 107 starts in his first seven years following selection as a top-five draft pick.
  • Has posted 872 tackles (622 solo), 13½ sacks, eight interceptions, 34 passes defensed, two forced fumbles and four fumble recoveries during his career, and has registered 100-plus tackles in six of his seven seasons in Green Bay.
  • The lone constant in an ILB group beset by injuries in 2012, he started all 16 games for the first time since 2008 and led the defense with 142 tackles (105 solo), the second-highest total of his career. Also recorded three sacks, his most since 2008.
  • Has either led the team or finished second in tackles in six of his seven seasons in Green Bay and his 110 regular-season games played as a Packer is tied for the most on the current roster with CB Jarrett Bush.
  • Started all 14 games in which he appeared in 2011, missing the first two contests of his career following a calf injury suffered in the first half of the team’s Week 12 game at Detroit.
  • Finished third on the team with 104 tackles (73 solo), in addition to posting 1½ sacks and five passes defensed. Was also voted by teammates to serve as a playoff captain for the second consecutive season.
  • Enjoyed one of his best seasons in 2010 as he took on a bigger role than in previous years, assuming the lead communicator duties between the coaches and the huddle in the absence of LB Nick Barnett, who missed the final 12 games with a wrist injury.
  • With injuries to Barnett and veteran LB Brandon Chillar, rarely came off the field in 2010, and wound up leading the team with 134 tackles (97 solo) and posting a career-high three interceptions, which tied him for the NFL lead among linebackers.
  • Was named a Pro Bowl alternate in 2010, but was credited with his first career selection because he would have been added to the all-star roster as an emergency injury replacement had the Packers not been preparing for Super Bowl XLV.
  • Despite seeing his snap count go down in ’09 compared to his first four seasons because of the Packers’ frequent use of sub-packages, was one of only 10 linebackers in the NFL to post at least 85 tackles, two interceptions and a sack.
  • In 2008, played through chest and groin injuries to lead the Packers in tackles for the second time in his career after moving from weak-side to middle linebacker the second half of the season to replace the injured Barnett.
  • His team-leading 155 tackles in 2006 were the second most ever recorded by a Packers’ rookie (Rich Wingo, 166 in 1979), and his 112 solo tackles ranked third in the league.
  • Finished third in The Associated Press Defensive Rookie of the Year voting and earned a spot on the Pro Football Weekly/Pro Football Writers Association All-Rookie Team.
  • The first linebacker taken in the 2006 draft after being a consensus All-American each of his final two seasons at Ohio State. One of only two linebackers taken among the top five selections over a period of nine NFL drafts (1998-2006), joining LaVar Arrington (No. 2 overall, 2000).
  • Followed the likes of Lawrence Taylor (1981), Derrick Thomas (1989), Junior Seau (1990) and Willie McGinest (1994) as one of only 28 linebackers drafted in the top five since the AFL-NFL merger in 1970.

 
2012 SEASON
: The lone inside LB to start all 16 games, he maintained his run of durability at a position once again plagued by injuries…Fellow starting ILB Desmond Bishop suffered a significant hamstring injury in the preseason opener at San Diego (Aug. 9) and was lost for the season…His replacement, LB D.J. Smith, sustained a knee injury at Houston in Week 6 and was also placed on injured reserve…Marked the first time he had started all 16 games since 2008…Posted a team-leading 142 tackles (105 solo), the second-highest total of his career (155 in 2006)…Also recorded three sacks, tied for second most in his career and most since 2008 (also three)…Vs. San Francisco (Sept. 9): Led the defense with a team-high 17 tackles (12 solo)…At Houston (Oct. 14): Made the 100th game of his career an active one, leading the team with nine tackles (seven solo) and his first sack of the season. Sack came on the Texans’ first drive of the second half when he knifed through and dropped QB Matt Schaub for a 12-yard loss. Also was a critical part of the run defense that limited Pro Bowl RB Arian Foster to just 29 yards on 17 carries, a 1.7-yard average that was a career-low (min. 15 attempts)…Vs. Tennessee (Dec. 23): Spearheaded a dominating defensive effort that limited the Titans to just 180 yards of total offense and 10 first downs on the afternoon. Finished with seven tackles (six solo) and had an especially productive day rushing the passer, equaling his career high with two sacks. First sack came late in the first quarter when he crossed with LB Clay Matthews to the inside and dropped QB Jake Locker for a 7-yard loss. Later crashed through the line on the Titans’ opening drive of the second half, going untouched to sack Locker for a loss of 8…At Minnesota (Dec. 30): Appeared on 57 plays and led the way with 11 tackles (five solo, two for loss), also adding a pressure. Had a tackle for loss when he shot between RG and RT and dropped RB Adrian Peterson for a 2-yard loss.

2011: Started all but two games at “Buck” LB, landing on the inactive list for the first time in his career after suffering a calf strain in the first half of the team’s Thanksgiving Day game at Detroit in Week 12…Snapped a streak of 98 consecutive games played (including playoffs) to start his career when he was listed as a gameday inactive at the N.Y. Giants in Week 13…In all, started 14 games, tallying 104 tackles (73 solo), 1½ sacks and five passes defensed for the season…Eclipsed the 100-tackle plateau for the fifth time in his six seasons…Was voted one of the team’s six captains for the postseason for the second consecutive year…Vs. Denver (Oct. 2): Made seven tackles (five solo) and deflected a pass that resulted in an INT for S Charlie Peprah in the fourth quarter. On the play, jarred the ball loose from WR Eric Decker as it arrived and the ball caromed up into the air and was secured by Peprah, allowing Green Bay to run out the remaining 1:54 on the clock. Also crossed with Bishop on a blitz in the third quarter, occupying blockers to free Bishop for an 8-yard sack…Vs. St. Louis (Oct. 16): Had one of his most active and productive games of the season, recording a season-high 13 tackles (seven solo, one for loss) and his first full sack of the season, keying a defense that did not give up a TD. On the sack, twisted around DE Howard Green to find a gap in the middle of the protection, burying QB Sam Bradford for a 9-yard loss…At Detroit (Nov. 24): Started the game and recorded seven tackles (five solo) and a pass defensed, but sustained a calf injury late in the first half and did not return…At N.Y. Giants (Dec. 4): Was sidelined during the practice week while rehabilitating the injury and was listed as a gameday inactive for the first time in his career, snapping a streak of 98 consecutive games played (including playoffs)…Vs. Oakland (Dec. 11): Returned to practice late in the week and dressed for the game, but did not play…At Kansas City (Dec. 18): Returned to the starting lineup after missing the previous two games, and finished second on the defense with 11 tackles (nine solo).

2010: Played in all 16 games for the fifth straight season, opening 15 contests at BLB…Led the team with 134 tackles (97 solo)…Registered six double-digit tackle games…Posted a career-best three INTs and matched his career high with nine passes defensed…The three INTs tied him for No. 1 among LBs in the league…Was named a Pro Bowl alternate, but was credited with his first career selection because he would have been added to the all-star roster as an emergency replacement had the Packers not been preparing for Super Bowl XLV…Started all four playoff games and ranked No. 3 on the team with 23 tackles (15 solo) while adding two passes defensed…Was voted one of the two defensive captains by his teammates for the postseason…His only non-start of the season came in the opener at Philadelphia (Sept. 12) when he was limited to special teams with the defense playing sub-packages the entire game…Vs. Detroit (Oct. 3): Turned in a solid effort with 12 tackles (all solo) and an INT. His pick stopped a Detroit scoring threat at the Green Bay 10 when he intercepted QB Shaun Hill’s short pass over the middle intended for RB Jahvid Best...Vs. Miami (Oct. 17): Tied for the team lead with a season-high 16 tackles (10 solo), the most since he recorded a career-high 20 stops at Seattle (Nov. 27, 2006) as a rookie…Vs. Minnesota (Oct. 24): Picked off a QB Brett Favre pass intended for WR Bernard Berrian on third down in the third quarter at the Green Bay 38; returned the INT 21 yards to the Minnesota 41. The turnover set up a WR Greg Jennings 14-yard TD catch five plays later to put the Packers up 21-17. Finished with a team-high 13 tackles (10 solo)…Vs. N.Y. Giants (Dec. 26): Recorded seven tackles (four solo) and an INT. His career-high third pick came with just over two minutes remaining when he intercepted QB Eli Manning’s pass over the middle intended for RB Ahmad Bradshaw at the Green Bay 23…Vs. Chicago (Jan. 2): Posted 13 tackles (11 solo), a half-sack and a pass defensed. Teamed with DE Jarius Wynn to sack QB Jay Cutler for a 9-yard loss early in the second quarter on third down…At Chicago (NFC Championship, Jan. 23): Led the team with 10 tackles (seven solo), his postseason career high…Vs. Pittsburgh (Super Bowl XLV, Feb. 6): Took every snap and ranked third on the defense with seven tackles (six solo) and two passes defensed. Came on a blitz late in the first half to make a leaping deflection of a QB Ben Roethlisberger pass at the line of scrimmage, quickly turning around to nearly intercept the pass. Also came on a blitz on second down on the Steelers’ final drive to flush Roethlisberger out of the pocket as he threw the ball away. The Steelers turned it over on downs two plays later, sealing the win for Green Bay.

2009: Played in all 16 games with 14 starts at BLB…His only non-starts came in both Minnesota games when the defense opened in nickel…Also played in the Wild Card contest…Selected as a Pro Bowl alternate…Finished second on the team with 87 tackles (70 solo) and led Green Bay’s LBs with two INTs…Added a sack, four passes defensed and two tackles on special teams…At St. Louis (Sept. 27): Led team with season-high 11 tackles (seven solo)…At Cleveland (Oct. 25): Led the defense with 10 tackles (eight solo), including a season-high three tackles for loss. Stopped RB Jamal Lewis for losses of 1 and 2 yards on runs, and brought QB Derek Anderson down for a 2-yard loss on a fumbled snap…At Tampa Bay (Nov. 8): Posted his first sack of the season when he brought down QB Josh Freeman for a 7-yard loss at the Tampa Bay 3 midway through the second quarter. Finished the afternoon with six tackles (five solo)…Vs. Baltimore (Dec. 7): Led the team with seven  tackles (five solo) and posted his first INT of the season. With the Packers up 24-14 midway through the fourth quarter, ran down the seam with TE Todd Heap and made leaping INT at the Green Bay 47; returned the pick 13 yards to Baltimore’s 40 to help set up a 32-yard Mason Crosby FG…Vs. Seattle (Dec. 27): Intercepted QB Matt Hasselbeck’s third-down pass in the right flat on Seattle’s opening drive at Green Bay’s 36-yard line, and then made a career-long 29-yard return. Added five tackles (all solo).

2008: Started every game for the third straight season, playing through chest and groin injuries…Had nine starts at WLB and final seven at MLB, where he replaced the injured Barnett...Led team with 121 tackles (84 solo)...Led LBs and was tied for second on the team with three sacks...On the field for 869 of 1,050 (82.8 percent) defensive plays, most among the team’s LBs…Vs. Minnesota (Sept. 8): Started at WLB and led the team with season-high 12 tackles after missing final three preseason games with chest injury suffered in preseason opener vs. Cincinnati (Aug. 11)...At Detroit (Sept. 14): Posted first two-sack game of his career and tied for the team lead with seven tackles. On second sack, leaped over attempted block by RB Kevin Smith and brought down QB Jon Kitna…At Tampa Bay (Sept. 28): Posted four tackles and broke up a pass intended for TE Jerramy Stevens in the end zone on third down to limit the Bucs to a FG. Left game briefly in second half with groin injury…Vs. Chicago (Nov. 16): Started first career game at MLB in place of an injured Barnett and led team with 12 tackles, matching his season high…At Jacksonville (Dec. 14): Started at MLB and tied for team high with 10 tackles, including sack of David Garrard for an 8-yard loss early in the fourth quarter...Vs. Detroit (Dec. 28): Started seventh straight game at MLB and surpassed 400-tackle mark for his career with eight stops (six solo).

2007: Started all 16 games (plus both playoff contests) at WLB and finished second on the team with 129 tackles (81 solo), adding one sack, one fumble recovery, one forced fumble, one INT and four passes defensed…Played 92.2 percent of the defensive snaps…Vs. Washington (Oct. 14): Made nine tackles (six solo), plus one forced fumble and one fumble recovery. In the first quarter, stripped the ball away from TE Chris Cooley (recovered by Cooley), and in the fourth quarter, dove on a RB Clinton Portis fumble that was knocked out by S Atari Bigby…At Kansas City (Nov. 4): Made his first INT of the year and third of his career, stepping in front of a pass intended for RB Priest Holmes…At Dallas (Nov. 29): Had a team- and season-high 14 tackles (eight solo), with three tackles for loss. In the second quarter, stuffed RB Marion Barber for minus-1 yard. On consecutive pass plays in the third quarter, took down TE Jason Witten for a 1-yard loss and Barber for a loss of 3…Vs. N.Y. Giants (NFC Championship, Jan. 20): Made nine tackles (four solo), with one sack, bringing down Manning on fourth-and-8 near the end of the first half.

2006: Started all 16 games and led the team with 155 tackles (112 solo), second most ever recorded by a Packers rookie (Wingo, 166 tackles in 1979), and led LBs with 3½ sacks…Among all NFL players, only Houston LB DeMeco Ryans (126) and Chicago LB Lance Briggs (117) had more solo stops…Also notched a pair of INTs among nine passes defensed, forced a fumble and recovered two others…Was on the field for 995 snaps, or 95.3 percent; the Packers thus utilized the nickel package more than dime…Finished third in The Associated Press Defensive Rookie of the Year voting…Named to the prestigious Pro Football Weekly/Pro Football Writers Association All-Rookie team and won Diet Pepsi Rookie of the Week honors twice (Weeks 7 and 10)…At Detroit (Sept. 24): Recorded his first NFL sack, dropping Kitna in the fourth quarter…At Philadelphia (Oct. 2): Teamed with DE Aaron Kampman to sack QB Donovan McNabb; earlier, recovered a fumble inside the Packers’ 5-yard line (forced by CB Charles Woodson)…At Miami (Oct. 22): Made a team-high 16 tackles (13 solo), plus broke up a pass and sacked QB Joey Harrington, forcing the Dolphins to settle for a FG…At Minnesota (Nov. 12): Assisted on two sacks (1.0 total) and posted 17 tackles (11 solo), in addition to his first career forced fumble. Combining with DT Cullen Jenkins, sacked Brad Johnson for a 10-yard loss, getting to Johnson first by shedding two blocks by Vikings RBs. In the fourth quarter, sacked Johnson again with Barnett, leading to another punt…At Seattle (Nov. 27): Had a career-best 20 tackles (16 solo)…At San Francisco (Dec. 10): Made his first career INT, stepping in front of an Alex Smith throw to TE Vernon Davis in the end zone, returning it 25 yards…At Chicago (Dec. 31): Snared a third-down Brian Griese pass in the third quarter for his second INT…2006 Draft: Selected fifth overall in the first round and joined Vinnie Clark (1991) and John Brockington (1971) in Packers history as first-round selections from Ohio State. Became the first LB taken in the top five by the Packers since Fred Carr (5th) in 1968.

COLLEGE: Played in 51 games at Ohio State with 38 starts, collecting 394 tackles (196 solo), 41 stops for loss, 15½ sacks, seven INTs, 13 passes broken up, two fumbles recovered and three forced fumbles; also returned both a blocked punt and INT for TDs…A three-year starter (2003-05), earned first-team All-Big Ten honors each of those seasons…Available for every play during his college career, he started his final 37 contests in consecutive fashion…Earned his degree in criminology…Senior season (2005): Earned consensus All-America honors for the second straight year and won the Lombardi Award, given annually to college football’s most outstanding lineman or linebacker…Also finished as a finalist for the Bednarik, Lott and Butkus awards…The Big Ten’s preseason and postseason Defensive Player of the Year and without question college football’s premier LB, also garnered defensive MVP at the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl…Started all 12 games and led the team in tackles for a third consecutive year, racking up 121 stops (69 solo); also posted team-leading totals in tackles for loss (16½) and sacks (9½) while adding one INT, three passes broken up, one fumble recovery and two forced fumbles…Paced a unit that led the nation in rushing defense (73.42 yards per game) and finished fifth in total defense (281.73)…In heartbreaking, early-season home loss to No. 2 Texas (Sept. 10), posted 12 tackles, picked off a third-down pass by Young to set up a FG, recovered QB Vince Young’s fumble on the ensuing drive, and forced a late-game fumble from Young which the QB recovered…Notched season-high 19 tackles, one short of his collegiate best, vs. No. 16 Michigan State (Oct. 15) and posted a sack and forced fumble, plus returned a blocked punt 8 yards for a TD, vs. No. 25 Northwestern (Nov. 12)…Closed his collegiate career by helping OSU to 34-20 win over No. 6 Notre Dame in Tostitos Fiesta Bowl (Jan. 2); had 12 tackles (nine solo), 3½ stops for loss and a pair of sacks – both times dropping Brady Quinn, his future brother-in-law…Junior season (2004): Entered as media’s preseason Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year…Started all 12 contests, collecting a collegiate-high 141 tackles (62 solo), en route to consensus All-America honors (Sporting News, AP, Walter Camp, Football Writers)…Also totaled eight tackles for loss, one sack, five passes broken up and a pair of INTs, while recovering one fumble and forcing another…In nine games, led the team in tackles, and had at least nine tackles in all 11 regular-season contests…Notched an astonishing 49 tackles over a three-game stretch, with 14 stops (four solo) at Northwestern (Oct. 2), a career-best 20 tackles (eight solo) – becoming the first OSU player since LB Chris Spielman in 1986 to reach that single-game mark – vs. No. 15 Wisconsin (Oct. 9), and 15 stops (eight solo) at Iowa (Oct. 16)…His acrobatic INT at Michigan State (Nov. 6) halted the Spartans’ final drive with OSU clinging to a 25-19 lead in eventual 32-19 triumph…Sophomore season (2003): Emerged as defensive pillar for defending national champions, leading team with 106 tackles (52 solo), earning first-team All-Big Ten honors in his initial season as a starter…Started all 13 games, finishing with 13 tackles for loss, four sacks, five passes broken up and two INTs…In 44-38 triumph vs. No. 24 North Carolina State (Sept. 13), returned an INT 55 yards to set up a field goal and posted 12 tackles (six solo), including two for loss; was in on the game-ending tackle at the Wolfpack goal line, sealing the Buckeyes’ triple-OT win…Influential in 35-28 Tostitos Fiesta Bowl victory over No. 8 Kansas State (Jan. 1), captured defensive MVP honors with 10 tackles (six solo) and 1½ stops for loss…Freshman season (2002): Saw consistent playing time as key reserve in Ohio State’s road to 14-0, national championship season…Backing up WLB Cie Grant, notched 26 stops (13 solo), 3½ tackles for loss, an assisted sack and two INTs, one of which he returned 34 yards for a TD vs. Kent State (Sept. 7)…In his first career start, a 13-7 win vs. No. 18 Penn State (Oct. 26), his INT ended the Lions’ initial possession…Combined on his first career sack vs. Wisconsin (Oct. 19) and picked up one tackle for loss in a thrilling, 14-9 win vs. Michigan (Nov. 23), clinching an invitation to the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl national championship vs. Miami, Fla. (Jan. 3).

PERSONAL: Given name Aaron James Hawk…Nicknamed “A.J.” by his parents since birth, after legendary Indy car driver A.J. Foyt…Born in Kettering, Ohio…Married the former Laura Quinn, whose brother Brady was a 2007 first-round pick by the Cleveland Browns and currently plays for the Seattle Seahawks…The couple wed prior to his first NFL training camp in a civil ceremony, then had a more traditional wedding ceremony in March 2007…The couple has a 2-year-old daughter, Lennon, and welcomed the birth of their son, Hendrix, in January 2013…Brother, Ryan, played QB for the Birmingham Steeldogs of Arena Football “2” and played in college at Ohio University…High school: Lettered four years at Centerville (Ohio) High School, playing MLB, RB and QB…Also handled punting chores for two seasons, and served as placekicker as a senior…Rated as the nation’s No. 30 MLB by Rivals.com, finished with 585 career tackles, including 142 as a freshman starter…Averaged better than 40 yards per punt as a senior…Didn’t attract great national attention mostly due to a knee injury that sidelined him much of his final season, limiting him to only 82 tackles…Also earned a pair of letters (as a freshman and sophomore) playing point guard on the Centerville basketball team…Community involvement: Participated with the NFL’s Play 60 Super School program in 2012, speaking at an elementary school assembly and taking part in a gym class...Joined the winning child at Valley View Elementary School for “Take a Player to School” in 2009…Was also chosen by local McKinley Elementary student for “Take a Player to School” day and spoke to students about health and fitness in ’08…Also visited with local elementary students the past three years as their reward for participating in the Packers’ Women’s Association food drive…Has supported the Jerry Parins Cruise for Cancer, the Donald Driver Foundation, the Greg Jennings Foundation, the Al Harris Outreach Program and The 2nd & 7 Foundation, which is the charity of fellow OSU alum Mike Vrabel…Has twice been on the Buckeye Cruise for Cancer, which raises money for the the Stefanie Spielman Fund for Breast Cancer Research; Stefanie – who died of breast cancer in November 2009 after a 12-year a battle with the disease – was the wife of Chris, a former Ohio State and NFL star…Is a spokesman for the Wisconsin Special Olympics, a cause he takes particular interest in because a relative of his used to compete…Every year, attends the Wisconsin Special Olympics opening ceremony in Stevens Point, Wis. …Hobbies/interests: Holds B.A. degree in criminology and is interested in law enforcement following his NFL career…Grew his hair long in 2005 as a tribute to the late Pat Tillman, the former NFL player who lost his life while serving with the U.S. Army in Afghanistan…Kept it long for seven years, before cutting it in March 2012 and donating the trimmings to “Wigs For Kids,” a charitable organization that makes wigs for children who have lost their hair during chemotherapy treatments…Made the donation as a preamble to the formation of his own charity, “Hawk’s Locks For Kids,” that supports similar causes and donations…Hosted the first annual Hawk’s Locks For Kids Fundraiser at the Skyline Comedy Club in Appleton, Wis., in November 2012…The event featured an evening of stand-up comedy and a meet-and-greet beforehand with Hawk, and raised more than $6,000 in ticket and silent-auction proceeds for the charity…Maintains friendships with former Buckeyes Bobby Carpenter, Nick Mangold (N.Y. Jets) and Anthony Schlegel…Threw out the first pitch at a Milwaukee Brewers game in April 2007; also took batting practice in full baseball uniform and hit two HRs…Traveled to Rome, Paris and London with his wife during the offseason in 2010…Enjoys dog training and breeding and playing cornhole…Captured the title of “Celebrity Long Drive” at the American Century Celebrity Golf Classic in Lake Tahoe, Nev., in both 2008 and 2011…Presented an award at the Cartoon Network Awards during the offseason in 2010…Attended the ESPYs in 2011…Lists Top Gun as his favorite movie and O.A.R. as his favorite musical act…His favorite book is Good to Go, a firsthand narrative told by Navy S.E.A.L. Harry Constance…Residence: Split between Columbus, Ohio, and Green Bay.