Packers LB A.J. Hawk joined NFL.com’s Dave Demeshek and Adam Rank in Studio 66 for a rangy discussion on the conference title games, Seahawks CB Richard Sherman’s antics, cold-weather football and soup on Lambeau Field’s sidelines. They also talk Tom Hanks’ acting and meeting NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell for the first time.
Hawk was named the “Sheky Award” winner for 2013 as the show’s best player guest. To hear the podcast, click here.
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The Packers have voted for and selected their captains for the 2013 postseason.
Unlike some teams, Green Bay doesn’t have season-long captains but chooses captains during the regular season on a weekly basis to go out for the coin toss. For the postseason, these six players will serve as captains and wear a “C” patch on their jerseys for as long as the Packers season continues.
They are QB Aaron Rodgers and WR Jordy Nelson on offense, LB A.J. Hawk and S Morgan Burnett on defense, and K Mason Crosby and CB Jarrett Bush on special teams.
This is the first time for Nelson and Burnett to be chosen as playoff captains. Rodgers leads the way with five selections now, followed by Bush with four, and Hawk and Crosby with three apiece.
Nelson has set career highs this season in both receptions (85) and receiving yards (1,314). Hawk led the team in tackles with 153, the seventh time in eight seasons he has either finished first or second on the team in that category. Hawk also posted a career-high five sacks.
Burnett finished second on the team with 104 tackles despite missing the first three games due to injury. Bush had seven tackles and one forced fumble on the coverage units, while Crosby posted the highest field-goal percentage of his seven-year career at 89.1 percent, making 33 of 37 field goals.
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As per team tradition, the Packers select game captains each week. Today’s captains will be T/G Don Barclay (offense), LB A.J. Hawk (defense) and S Sean Richardson (special teams).
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Packers LB A.J. Hawk was miked by NFL Films for last Sunday’s game vs. Cleveland, and some of that footage will be featured on NFL Network’s weekly “Sound FX” show at 9 p.m. CT on Wednesday.
Others featured in this week’s “Sound FX” are Falcons QB Matt Ryan, Panthers LB Luke Kuechly and Chargers head coach Mike McCoy.
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Packers LB A.J. Hawk had a career-high three sacks last Sunday in Baltimore. Watch one of them here from the All-22 coaches film, which shows the play twice — from the sideline and from the end zone — as Hawk blitzes up the middle for the uncontested sack.
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QB Aaron Rodgers and LB A.J. Hawk, along with former Packers WR Sterling Sharpe, are competing in the Celebrity Golf Tournament in Lake Tahoe this week.
The 24th annual event is a 54-hole competition for current and former professional athletes at the Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course. It takes place from July 19-21 and will be televised by NBC and The Golf Channel.
Other celebrities slated to play include Michael Phelps, Jerry Rice, Charles Barkley, John Elway, Marshall Faulk and Ray Allen, among several others.
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Packers LB A.J. Hawk is among the 24 current and former NFL players slated to take part in the league’s seventh annual “NFL Broadcast Boot Camp” at NFL Films in Mt. Laurel, N.J., from June 17-20.
The seminar includes instructors from the NFL’s various broadcast partners and introduces the participants to the different parts of broadcast operations. All the players will serve as live guest host on SiriusXM NFL Radio during the program.
Hawk, a first-round draft pick in 2006, joins several other former Packers players who have participated in the program.
Former Packers LB Na’il Diggs will also participate in the program. Diggs, a fourth-round draft pick in 2000, played six seasons for the Packers. After his collegiate career at Ohio State, Diggs played in 84 games for Green Bay.
According to a league press release, 128 players have taken part in the camp from 2007-12, and 48 of them have earned broadcasting jobs. Last season former Packers T Mark Tauscher, along with former Patriots WR/CB Troy Brown, was selected to serve as a studio analyst for an NFL regular-season Sunday on Sky Sports in the U.K.
Tauscher, a seventh-round selection in the 2000 NFL Draft, played in 134 games for the Packers during his 11-year career. The former Wisconsin Badger was the team’s 2008 recipient of the Ed Block Courage Award. Voted on by his teammates, the award is given annually to one member of each NFL team for displaying commitments to the principles of courage and sportsmanship while serving as inspirations in their locker rooms.
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You can listen to the podcast right here. Hawk talked about rookie Datone Jones’ comments (re: Colin Kaepernick), Green Bay’s tough 2013 schedule, the summer movie he’s most looking forward to seeing and having Clay Matthews (he of the new contract extension) pay for everything.
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The Packers coaching staff has awarded game balls to RB Ryan Grant (offense), LB A.J. Hawk (defense) and LB Frank Zombo (special teams) for their performances in the 55-7 victory over Tennessee on Sunday.
Grant, taking the bulk of the rushing workload for an injured Alex Green (concussion), rushed 20 times for 80 yards and two TDs. It was the most rushing yards by a Packers RB this season since Cedric Benson had 84 in Week 4 vs. New Orleans. It was also the most carries Grant has had in a game since late in the 2009 season. He added a 34-yard reception on a screen pass for 114 total yards from scrimmage.
Hawk was credited by the press box statisticians with seven tackles (six solo), including two sacks and three tackles for loss. He also had three QB hits. It was Hawk’s first two-sack game since 2008 as the Packers racked up seven sacks total of Tennessee QB Jake Locker.
Zombo was credited with one coverage tackle, bringing down Titans returner Darius Reynaud at the 21-yard line on the opening kickoff.
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Here’s a little humor to add to the aftermath of the controversial ending to Monday night’s game in Seattle.
Following the replay review and decision to uphold the touchdown on the final play, the Packers left the field. Several minutes later, the officials came into Green Bay’s locker room to inform the team that at least 11 players needed to return to the field so Seattle could kick the extra point.
The Packers were so convinced they’d won the game that seeing the officials drop in for a visit actually got their hopes up, momentarily.
“When I saw the refs come back in, I thought they were going to tell us we won the game, honestly,” linebacker A.J. Hawk said on Wednesday. “I think a lot of people thought that. But they were saying we had to get back on the field.
“That was obviously a weird moment for everybody. I think it was pretty tense for those refs. They didn’t feel super-comfortable in there. But who knows, 30 years from now hopefully it’s a decent story to tell, but for now we’re 1-2 and we need to find a way to change that.”
The Packers will try to change that with a relatively healthy team. On Wednesday, there were just two additions to the injury report — RT Bryan Bulaga (knee) and DE Jerel Worthy (shoulder) — but both players were still limited participants in practice. The other limited participants were CB Davon House (shoulder), WR Greg Jennings (groin) and LB Jamari Lattimore (ankle).
The only player on the active roster who is listed as “did not participate” was S Sean Richardson (hamstring). Both TE Tom Crabtree (shoulder) and RB James Starks (toe) are listed on the report but were full participants.
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