A.J. Hawk to attend ‘NFL Broadcast Boot Camp’

Posted by Duke Bobber on June 3, 2013 – 9:32 am

NFL Broadcast Boot Camp

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.

Green Bay Packers LB A.J. HawkThe 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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A.J. Hawk talking Packers on Dameshek podcast

Posted by Mike Spofford on May 15, 2013 – 2:21 pm

130515-hawk-300Packers LB A.J. Hawk made another appearance this week on the Dave Dameshek podcast to talk Packers football. A regular with Dameshek, Hawk was making his fourth visit to the show.

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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Ryan Grant, A.J. Hawk, Frank Zombo earn game balls vs. Titans

Posted by Mike Spofford on December 24, 2012 – 1:25 pm

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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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Hawk thought refs might tell Packers they won

Posted by Mike Spofford on September 26, 2012 – 8:41 pm

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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Rodgers paired with Romo and Rice in American Century Championship

Posted by Duke Bobber on July 19, 2012 – 7:37 pm

Tony Romo and Aaron Rodgers

Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers and Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo are paired with Hall of Fame wide receiver Jerry Rice in the featured group at 12:55 p.m. (CT) Friday at the 54-hole American Century Championship at Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course. With 5/2 odds, Romo is the favorite to win. Here is how the green & gold stack up against the odds:

– Sterling Sharpe  18/1
– Aaron Rodgers  50/1
– A.J. Hawk  300/1

Hawk will be teeing off with Ohio State head football coach Urban Meyer and San Francisco 49ers quarterback Alex Smith.

Urban Meyer and Aaron Rodgers / A.J. Hawk

Here’s what A.J. Hawk had to say about the tournament:

Q: Are you excited about this tournament?
Hawk: No, because I probably have no shot of winning. But it’s gonna be fun. You know, I get to play golf.

Q: What have you been doing to prepare for this?
Hawk: Nothing really. Just playing golf.

Q: Are you in it to win it?
Hawk: Oh, I’d love to win it, but this week is the most golf I’ve ever played in my life. I’ve never played more than once in a week. So it’s like playing four, five days in a row. I only have so many decent shots in me.

Q: What’s your goal for this year?
Hawk: I’d love to be in positive numbers, which I’ve never been. But I just always fall apart. I’ll be doing decent, but then I’ll have three or four double bogeys in a row and negative-10 right away, it’s terrible.

Q: What is it about this tournament that you like so much?
Hawk: It’s just awesome. Everything about it is awesome. I mean it’s crazy. And you get to compete, too. Obviously I’m not competing for anything, but I still get to compete to try and do better. I’m definitely trying to improve from last year. I was like in 66th place last year, which was terrible. I feel like every other player, if I played decent I could jump up like 20 spots.

Update: Out of 82 golfers, here’s where the current and former Packers placed:

– T11, Sterling Sharpe
– T15, Ryan Longwell
– 33, Jim McMahon
– T35, Aaron Rodgers
– T64, A.J. Hawk


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Packers hit the links with celebrity golfers

Posted by Duke Bobber on July 18, 2012 – 11:20 am

Aaron Rodgers, A.J. Hawk and Brian Baummgartner

Several Packers players are hitting the links this week at the 2012 American Century Golf Championship in Lake Tahoe, Nev. Packers QB Aaron Rodgers, WR Donald Driver, LB A.J. Hawk and former WR Sterling Sharpe are participating in the celebrity tournament. More than 80 of the biggest sports and entertainment stars are playing in the made-for-TV event. It’s not the first appearance by Packers players in the annual week of events. Hawk took home long drive competition honors in 2009 and 2011 with his blasts of 322 and 337 yards, respectively.

2012 marks Rodgers‘ eighth appearance in the event. His best finish was in 2006, when he tied for 32nd. Last year he tied for 39th.

Rodgers, Hawk and Brian Baummgartner (Kevin Malone on NBC’s The Office) played a round of golf on Tuesday (photo above).

Aaron Rodgers and A.J. Hawk

For more information on the event and television schedule, visit the American Century Championship website.


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May 30 OTA practice notes

Posted by Mike Spofford on May 30, 2012 – 5:31 pm

Despite a steady drizzle through the first half of practice, the Packers remained outside on Ray Nitschke Field for the entirety of Wednesday’s workout. Here are a few news & notes about what went on:

–Not practicing on Wednesday were RB Alex Green, CB Charles Woodson, S Charlie Peprah, FB John Kuhn, LB Frank Zombo, C Sampson Genus, DL Johnny Jones, G Jaymes Brooks, DE Phillip Merling, T Marshall Newhouse, DT Mike Daniels, T Derek Sherrod and TE Andrew Quarless.

–With Newhouse and Sherrod both out, Herb Taylor and rookie Andrew Datko shared snaps at left tackle with the No. 1 offensive line. On the No. 2 line, Datko played LT and Taylor was at RT, so both players got quite the workout.

–On defense, LB Clay Matthews did not take snaps in the team (11-on-11) drills, and he was replaced by LB Erik Walden on the right side. Rookie Nick Perry remained at LOLB with the first unit.

–P Tim Masthay was at his best in the pooch-punting portion of practice. Masthay dropped multiple punts perfectly inside the 5-yard line with his Aussie-style end-over-end boots.

–Like last week, the young DBs continued to make plays, as CB Davon House broke up a quick out to WR Diondre Borel and then moments later deflected a deep ball intended for WR Shaky Smithson. Later, House was outjumped by WR Curenski Gilleylen for a nice catch. Also, S Anthony Levine nearly had an INT on a sideline route for WR Tori Gurley, and CB Jarrett Bush almost had a pick-six on a quick out for WR James Jones. Bush also deflected a pass in the blitz period that was nearly picked off by CB Sam Shields.

–QB Graham Harrell did beat the blitz with a tightly threaded throw to TE Ryan Taylor down the seam, an impressive play that left S Jerron McMillian and Levine looking at one another in the defensive backfield.

–In the locker room after practice, LB A.J. Hawk spoke to reporters about his new haircut. Earlier this spring, Hawk had his long hair cut for charity, and he and his wife are partnering with Wigs for Kids in an effort called Hawk’s Locks for Kids, which will take donated hair to help make wigs for children who are cancer patients or burn victims. An event in Hawk’s home state of Ohio is planned for June.

“I think they said it takes six or eight people’s hair to make one wig for these kids, and with my ratty, terrible hair, they probably needed a bunch of extras in there,” Hawk said. “So I didn’t give them much, but I gave them what I had.”


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