Perhaps A.J. Hawk didn't live up to the spectacular demands of a top five pick, but few in a Packers uniform have more recently embodied solid consistency on nearly every play as the linebacker who retired Tuesday.
Hawk officially retired as a Packers player after nine years in Green Bay, one season in Cincinnati (in his home state of Ohio) and one with the Atlanta Falcons.
He set a team record with 1,118 career tackles and tied Nick Barnett in most years leading the team in tackles. He also started 136 of his 142 games in Green Bay, only missing two regular season games in nine years.
“The first thing that needs to be said about A.J. Hawk is that he is a good man,” GM Ted Thompson said in a statement. He drafted Hawk in his second draft class as a GM.
“He was a terrific teammate and a true professional during his career, and we were lucky to have him. A.J. will always be a Packer. We wish the best to him and the entire Hawk family, and thank them for all that they gave to the team and the city of Green Bay.”