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Aaron James "A.J." Hawk, born on January 6, 1984, in Centerville, Ohio, was an exceptional linebacker at Ohio State University and an outstanding NFL player. Hawk's football journey began in high school, where he excelled as a player, setting multiple defensive records and earning the title of a two-time All-State player. His success in high school paved the way for his collegiate career at Ohio State, where he played under coach Jim Tressel. Hawk contributed to the Buckeyes' victory in the 2002 BCS National Championship as a freshman. Over the course of his four-year college career, he earned numerous accolades, including being a two-time All-American and winning the Lombardi Award.

In the 2006 NFL Draft, the Green Bay Packers selected Hawk as the fifth overall pick, making him the first linebacker drafted that year. He quickly made an impact in his rookie season, starting all 16 games and finishing with an impressive 119 tackles, 3.5 sacks, and two interceptions. Throughout his nine seasons with the Packers, Hawk proved to be a valuable asset, starting in 136 out of the 142 games he played. His contributions were instrumental in the team's success, especially during the 2010 season when the Packers won Super Bowl XLV, with Hawk intercepting a career-high three passes.

After his time with the Packers, Hawk played for the Cincinnati Bengals and the Atlanta Falcons before announcing his retirement in 2017. His NFL career statistics include a total of 947 tackles, 20 sacks, nine interceptions, and numerous other notable accomplishments. Hawk's passion for the game and his remarkable skills as a linebacker earned him respect both on and off the field.

Beyond his football career, Hawk is known for his family life and his involvement in various media ventures. He is married to Laura Hawk, the sister of former NFL quarterback Brady Quinn, and they have four children together. Hawk has ventured into podcasting, hosting "The HawkCast," and has also collaborated with former NFL player Pat McAfee on the daily YouTube show "McAfee & Hawk Sports Talk." His charismatic personality and football expertise have made him a beloved figure among fans and fellow athletes alike.

A.J. Hawk's journey from a talented high school player to a standout linebacker at Ohio State University and a successful NFL career is a testament to his dedication and passion for the game. His achievements, including winning the Lombardi Award and becoming a Super Bowl champion, have solidified his place as one of the most respected linebackers in football history.



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