In the past 20 years the Green Bay Packers have never had a draft pick higher than the fifth overall pick, making A.J. Hawk the highest-drafted player by the Packers in those 20 years. Drafted fifth overall in 2006, A.J. Hawk has been a familiar face on the sometimes-stingy, sometimes-pathetic Green Bay defense, going on eight seasons.
While it is debatable as to whether or not Hawk has lived up to this high draft choice, there is no questioning his durability. Hawk has either started or played in all but two games in his career.
Ketchman: What’s left to accomplish?
Hawk: A lot, I hope. I was lucky enough to get one Super Bowl, but I want a bunch. I think the thing people have asked me is you’ve had one, so are you not as motivated anymore? But no, it’s 100 percent the other way. I’ve seen how awesome the experience was for not just me and our whole team but our whole family and extended family, it was such a special year. I want to go back every year, so every year that doesn’t happen it’s a disappointment.
The defense has taken quite a fall since the team won it all in 2010. After dealing with a calf injury toward the end of the 2011 season, Hawk returned last year to record a total of 120 tackles, tying the personal high of his rookie season.
This season, Hawk has recorded 23 total tackles (second most on the team behind Brad Jones at 26), which puts him on pace to break that personal best by two tackles. Hawk has shown through the first four weeks that he is, indeed, hungry for another ring.
Will the seasoned veteran continue to produce against the Lions? That will be determined on Sunday at noon CDT.
Stay tuned …