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Football linebacker, A. J. Hawk, was born on January 6, 1984 in Kettering, Ohio. A.J. was selected fifth overall in the 2006 NFL Draft by the Packers and had a paramount rookie season, leading the team with 155 tackles and finishing third in the Associated Press Defensive Rookie of the Year voting. He continues with his stellar performance in the 2007 season with 103 tackles, 1 forced fumble, and an interception.
A. J. Hawk attended high school at Centerville High School, near Dayton, Ohio. He holds multiple defensive records and is one of two active NFL players who played for the Centerville High School Elks football team. A. J. Hawk's records include most tackles in a game (30) and most career tackles (583). Hawk was a 2 time All-State player in high school (1999 and 2000). Other NFL players from Centerville are Hawk's former Ohio State University teammates Mike Nugent (the other active NFL player from Centerville High School) and Nick Mangold, who attended Alter High School.
Before the 2006 NFL draft, Hawk's college career was with the distinguished Ohio State Buckeyes where he was a two-time All-American and completed 394 tackles, 41 stops for loss, 15 sacks, 7 interceptions, 13 passes broken, 2 fumbles recovered, and 3 forced fumbles. In his senior year in 2005, he won the Lombardi Award presented annually to college football's most outstanding lineman or linebacker.
A.J. Hawk signed a 6 year contract with the Packers, worth $37.5 million, on July 28, 2006. He recorded his first NFL sack on September 24, 2006, when he sacked Detroit Lions Quarterback Jon Kitna in the fourth quarter.
Hawk was selected the NFL Rookie Of The Week on October 23, 2006 in a win against the Miami Dolphins. He led Green Bay with 12 total tackles in the game and recorded one sack in the Packers’ 34–24 victory.
For his effort in the November 12, 2006 23–17 victory over the Minnesota Vikings, Hawk was selected the NFL Rookie of the Week for the second time. Hawk recorded 13 total tackles and 1.5 sacks, and forced one fumble. Early in the third quarter, Hawk sacked the Vikings quarterback Brad Johnson for a 10-yard loss. He later combined with teammate Nick Barnett for another 10-yard sack.
On December 10, 2006 Hawk recorded his first NFL interception when he picked off Alex Smith during a 30–19 win over the San Francisco 49ers. On December 31th, during the Packers' final game of the 2006 season, Hawk recorded his second interception of the season during a 26–7 win over the Chicago Bears.
In his rookie season, A.J. Hawk led the Packers' defense with 119 total tackles, 82 of them solo. He also recorded 2 interceptions, 3.5 sacks, 6 passes defended and 1 forced fumble. He was third place in voting for the Associated Press Defensive Rookie of the Year.
A.J. Hawk is married to Laura Quinn, sister of Brady Quinn, quarterback for the Cleveland Browns and second cousin of Zachary Ty Bryan, who played Brad on the television show Home Improvement. Interestingly enough, Hawk's final game with the Buckeyes was against University of Notre Dame, where Quinn was playing at the time. Hawk managed to sack his future brother-in-law twice during the game.