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After 11 NFL seasons, linebacker A.J. Hawk officially announced his retirement Thursday, according to D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.Elite Green Bay Packers Jerseys.Albert Breer of The MMQB reported Tuesday that Hawk revealed on The MMQB podcast he would file his retirement papers and step away from football.The 32-year-old former Ohio State standout spent the first nine years of his career with the Green Bay Packers after they selected him with the No. 5 overall pick in the 2006 NFL draft. Hawk then played for the Cincinnati Bengals in 2015.Cincinnati released Hawk in April after he registered just 24 tackles in 16 games (11 starts) last season. Despite Hawk’s lack of production, Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis had nothing but positive things to say about the Kettering, Ohio, native upon his departure, according to ESPN.com’s Coley Harvey: “A.J. was a big part of us last season, as we won the division championship, and I appreciate his efforts.Elite A.J. Hawk Jerseys.We’re going a different direction at this point, but I’ve always been a fan of A.J. It has been a pleasure having him as part of our team and getting to know him and his family better.”
Few players in Packers history entered the NFL with higher expectations than A.J. Hawk.The fifth overall pick in the 2006 NFL Draft, Hawk remains tied with Terrell Buckley as the Packers’ highest draft choice in the past 25 years.Authentic Green A.J. Hawk Jerseys.All of that extra attention creates lofty, sometimes unattainable, expectations. It’s enough pressure to crush the will power of some individuals, but not Hawk. It galvanized him.The franchise’s all-time leading tackler always has been comfortable in his own skin, a trait that guided him through his nine seasons as the general of the Packers’ defense.“Everything is about expectations from the outside looking in and expectations on yourself,” said Hawk, who officially announced his retirement from the NFL this week. “I guess at the time I was drafted, I wasn’t really too aware of how big of a commitment a team makes to take you No. 5 overall.“There’s obviously a million plays you’d love to have back and a couple more Super Bowl rings I feel like we could have had while I was there. So you never fully live up to any expectations anyone places on you or that you have on yourself, I feel like.China Jerseys.But overall, spending nine years in Green Bay, it’s been an absolute blessing. I’m super fortunate and being away from it, I realize (that) now when I step back and kind of look at everything that happened in my nine years there.”
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Former Green Bay Packers and Cincinnati Bengals linebacker A.J. Hawk has found a new home.Throwback Jerseys.Hawk’s agent, Mike McCartney, announced that the Atlanta Falcons signed Hawk to a contract on Tuesday.Adam Caplan of ESPN reported that the Falcons had interest in Hawk due to injuries to Sean Weatherspoon, Paul Worrilow, De’Vondre Campbell and Deion Jones.The Falcons weren’t the only team interested in Hawk. On Monday, Joe Schad of the Palm Beach Post cited an NFL source who said Miami would work out Hawk. Hawk entered the league as the fifth overall pick in the 2006 draft after he was a two-time All-American, Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year and Lombardi Award winner at Ohio State. He played with the Packers through the 2014 season before joining the Bengals for the 2015 campaign.Womens A.J. Hawk Jerseys.He tallied 24 combined tackles and one sack in 16 games for Cincinnati and wasn’t the impact player he was for the Packers in his prime. Hawk finished with more than 100 combined tackles in five different seasons and notched 19 sacks over nine years in Green Bay.