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A.J. Hawk grants fan’s wish for an NFL-style hit

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It wasn’t quite Mike Curtis on a rowdy fan or Rodney Harrison on a nerdy blogger or even A.J. Hawk on a pass-catching touch football player standing too close to a pond, but the Packers linebacker gave a football fan the experience of absorbing a hit from an NFL player.

It happened at the American Century Celebrity Golf Championship in Lake Tahoe.

The fan declares himself to be a “Michigan man!” presumably to persuade Hawk, who played at Ohio State, into lowering the boom.  Other fans goad Hawk into making the guy’s dreams come true.

And then Hawk does.

Hawk wasn’t even going half speed, but he delivered a solid wallop.

The lawsuit will likely be filed on Monday.

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64 Responses to “A.J. Hawk grants fan’s wish for an NFL-style hit”
  1. sonofad says: Jul 18, 2014 5:01 PM

    AJ has always been a man of the people. And his Superbowl pedigree helps make him a fan favorite.

  2. rodvmunchiii says: Jul 18, 2014 5:01 PM

    I used to use a punching bag all the time and my gf one day decided she wanted to be a boxer and asked me to help her by sparring. I said no repeatedly, but finally she convinced me to do it. I made her wear head gear, a mouth guard and I used oversized gloves. The bout lasted about 4 seconds as I hit, maybe 40% power, and it nearly knocked her out.

  3. 4thquartermagic says: Jul 18, 2014 5:01 PM

    I remember when this guy was supposed to be “the second coming” at the LB position.

    He’s not terrible but he definitely didn’t live up to the Ohio State hype.

  4. packsoldier says: Jul 18, 2014 5:02 PM

    Spoken like an ambulance chaser.

  5. numba1wiscosportsfan says: Jul 18, 2014 5:02 PM

    This is awesome, nicely done HJ. GO PACK!!


  6. longhairdontcare66 says: Jul 18, 2014 5:02 PM

    What’s not to love about that

  7. brianincbus says: Jul 18, 2014 5:02 PM

    Good to see Hawk take out a piece of garbage from that state!

  8. mazenblue says: Jul 18, 2014 5:03 PM

    Nice hit!

  9. ctiggs says: Jul 18, 2014 5:04 PM

    I played against him growing up, dude could always hit.

  10. dethsupport says: Jul 18, 2014 5:04 PM

    This dude’s the biggest douche in football.

  11. bucsorbust says: Jul 18, 2014 5:04 PM

    I’m glad this was able to happen. For years, people have been begging the Packers to do some NFL style hitting. Until now, they were disappointed.

  12. trollhammer20 says: Jul 18, 2014 5:04 PM

    “Come at me, bro!”

  13. gergie1957 says: Jul 18, 2014 5:05 PM

    Couldn’t have been NFL quality, it was AJ Hawk.

  14. numba1wiscosportsfan says: Jul 18, 2014 5:07 PM

    Sorry I meant “AJ”, not “HJ”. It’s been along day haha

  15. stairwayto7 says: Jul 18, 2014 5:09 PM

    Sue him for Millions!

  16. crownofthehelmet says: Jul 18, 2014 5:12 PM

    Tomorrow’s headline: AJ Hawk Placed On IR

  17. fartweasel says: Jul 18, 2014 5:15 PM

    AJ would be an all pro if he could get all NFL players to stand sideways in street clothes on game day. That will be his best tackle of the year.

  18. brokebackbrees says: Jul 18, 2014 5:15 PM

    Best hit of his shabby career. Too bad Peterson/Forte/Bush get to run over him for 6 games this season as Green Bay finishes 6-10(at best) in the NFC North basement.

  19. davikes says: Jul 18, 2014 5:17 PM

    That will be this offseason’s funniest moment, much like Vick outrunning McCoy was last years’.

  20. whatthehellisgoingonoutthere says: Jul 18, 2014 5:17 PM

    As sad as it is, AJ Hawk is by far the best MLB in the NFCN. And it’s not because he is a great player.

  21. mkelly534 says: Jul 18, 2014 5:19 PM

    I can understand the desire to feel a real NFL hit but no way would I be dumb enough to ask a linebacker to tee of on me. Those guys hit really freaking hard

  22. tokyofilthblaster says: Jul 18, 2014 5:21 PM

    Once you get a Superbowl ring, you’re a celebrity for life.


  23. schat747 says: Jul 18, 2014 5:23 PM

    Conference of Meatheads.

  24. stellarperformance says: Jul 18, 2014 5:24 PM

    It used to bother me that Hawk never became a game-changer, as I had hoped and expected. But you know what, the guy is solid. He reads offenses very effectively and barks out the correct position orders to a very young and upcoming D. He took a pay cut that reflects his capabilities, and I find that admirable. He is on the field all the time, rarely injured. Yep, the guy is solid in my book.

  25. peopletrains says: Jul 18, 2014 5:25 PM

    He didn’t wrap up… Just like every tacke he makes…

  26. Mr. Wright 212 says: Jul 18, 2014 5:27 PM

    Michigan and Ohio State fans are equally annoying.

  27. simplesimon1 says: Jul 18, 2014 5:36 PM

    Good for AJ… The fans in Green Bay finally granted him his wish and allowed him to hit someone. .. that’s such a nice, heart warming story. .. Good for you AJ!!! You keep it up big guy!!!

    Now let’s go get some ice cream buddy!!!

  28. thestrategyexpert says: Jul 18, 2014 5:36 PM

    Enter Rocky Balboa:

    “You knocked him down, why don’t you try knockin’ me down.”

  29. hyzers says: Jul 18, 2014 5:37 PM

    What a meat head. You’re a grown man at a golf outing and you do that?

    And Stephen Tulloch is a better mike than AJ so whoever said he’s the best LB in the NFC North doesn’t know what he’s talking about.

  30. GenXJay says: Jul 18, 2014 5:39 PM

    HJ, and i mean HJ, seams to be more dominate away from the pro’s. Maybe he should pursue that career path instead.

  31. wishingtonredslur says: Jul 18, 2014 5:46 PM


  32. chunkderrrty says: Jul 18, 2014 5:48 PM

    Jared allens hit on johnny knoxville was better

  33. trapshoot says: Jul 18, 2014 5:52 PM


  34. pkrlvr says: Jul 18, 2014 5:55 PM

    Doesn’t matter what is posted theres always got to be some internet db talking junk about. Cool vid, solid player.

  35. jagsandliquor says: Jul 18, 2014 5:58 PM

    That was sweet

  36. themagicfanguy says: Jul 18, 2014 6:07 PM

    Except that Tulloch is a bum and won’t have a job in three years, next time try watching an actual football game before commenting.

  37. Aaron Rodgers has Tiny Hands says: Jul 18, 2014 6:35 PM

    Now that guy knows what A.J. Hawk feels like when Adrian Peterson runs over him.

  38. simplesimon1 says: Jul 18, 2014 6:43 PM

    Nice try magic… the guy that said it was 100% right… AJ Hawk isn’t even in the sentence with Tulloch… Don’t even argue the point, it’s actually not debatable.

  39. simplesimon1 says: Jul 18, 2014 6:47 PM

    In fact, I’ll take all 3 LB’s from the Lions over AJ Hawk.

    Why is it that every single player the Packers have, according to their fans, are better than players who are clearly better all the time? Like yesterday with the idea you’d rather have Lacy than Peterson… lol

  40. schmitty2 says: Jul 18, 2014 6:50 PM

    I don’t know whats more shocking-that he made a tackle or that he was invited to play in a celebrity golf tournament.

  41. iamthorny says: Jul 18, 2014 6:51 PM

    Not realistic at all…the guy didn’t gain at least 5 yards, first.

  42. packersgreenbay says: Jul 18, 2014 6:55 PM

    That made me laugh. Way to entertain. Probably the best thing those spectator saw all day. Who really wants to watch golf anyways?

  43. Ed Bandell says: Jul 18, 2014 6:56 PM

    The guy wasn’t even looking when he hit him.

    It looks like all sides were agreeable to the incident so I don’t see why a lawsuit would be involved. It is not as if A.J. came flying out of nowhere in a rage and tackled the guy.

  44. johngaltwho says: Jul 18, 2014 7:01 PM

    What a dumb move by AJ – on so many levels. He should know better. While well intentioned, if either of them got hurt, it would not be such a cute story.

  45. just4given says: Jul 18, 2014 7:03 PM

    Gotta love the smack from fans whose favorite NFL team boasts an empty trophy case. Come back and talk when the Vikings win a Super Bowl. Guess you will have to pass that assignment down to the grandkids.

  46. johngaltwho says: Jul 18, 2014 7:03 PM

    simplesimon1 says: Jul 18, 2014 6:47 PM

    Like yesterday with the idea you’d rather have Lacy than Peterson… lol


    Are you kidding? Id take Lacy over Peterson any day of the week and twice on Sunday. Lacy has way more long term upside despite how great Peterson is and has been.

  47. just4given says: Jul 18, 2014 7:09 PM

    Hey Simple….remind us how many rings Peterson has. Might have found one in ’09 if he and the rest of the chokers didn’t fumble everything they touched. Lacy isn’t prone to running without the rock. He will help bring another trophy or two to Title Town.

  48. whatthehellisgoingonoutthere says: Jul 18, 2014 7:15 PM

    Peterson is will start the downslope of his career starting this season just like all of the good running backs before him did. The hits he delivers and takes because he runs too upright have taken their toll. With no QB, it looks like they will be hard to get more than the 5 wins they had last year.

  49. just4given says: Jul 18, 2014 7:31 PM

    Lacy, more touches, yards from scrimmage and four fewer fumbles than Peterson in 2013.

  50. tremoluxman says: Jul 18, 2014 7:37 PM

    The guy probably has 1-800-ASK-GARY on speed-dial.

  51. MichaelEdits says: Jul 18, 2014 7:42 PM

    I would like to be hit full force by an NFL player. And that is so easy to say before it happens, isn’t it? I still would. (AJ went easy on this one…)

  52. simplesimon1 says: Jul 18, 2014 7:42 PM

    Lol… so pathetic that these idiot green bay fans just have to think everybody who disagrees with their delusion is a minnesota fan… lol

    Im not. It makes no difference what team you cheer for… if something is wrong, it’s wrong.

    I heard this yesterday but without a doubt it works.

    Name any team in the north that would take lacy over what they have.

  53. simplesimon1 says: Jul 18, 2014 7:43 PM

    Also… you all mention upside. So you’d also take cobb over CJ? LMAO

  54. revelation123 says: Jul 18, 2014 7:46 PM

    Hawk hardly hit him and the guy flopped over like a rag doll.

  55. mackcarrington says: Jul 18, 2014 7:51 PM

    Right about now that guy is having some beer with his buddies, talking about how he took a “hit” from a NFL player. Well, he probably already had a few beers when he challenged him.

  56. axespray says: Jul 18, 2014 7:53 PM

    hyzers says:
    Jul 18, 2014 5:37 PM
    And Stephen Tulloch is a better mike than AJ so whoever said he’s the best LB in the NFC North doesn’t know what he’s talking about.

    Give AJ Hawk that Lion’s Dline and he’d disappear less often than Tulloch does.

  57. ariani1985 says: Jul 18, 2014 7:57 PM

    He is the main reason why the turd bay defense is the laughing stock of the league!


  58. ariani1985 says: Jul 18, 2014 8:19 PM

    If you love losing playoff games AJ is your man!

  59. symxfan says: Jul 18, 2014 8:44 PM

    Was this a side event at the Gathering of the Juggalo’s?

  60. themeccalambeaufield says: Jul 18, 2014 11:54 PM

    Hey simple Simon I would take the Packer team over the Lions any day of the week, let me hear you disagree with that? I also would take Lacy over any sorry rb you have.

  61. themeccalambeaufield says: Jul 19, 2014 12:01 AM

    Any true football fan loved that video, that’s a great interaction between fan and player that makes the NFL so popular. The only ones who mock it are jealous fans of the Packers…one hint they wear purple, get a life.

  62. ajd4 says: Jul 19, 2014 1:01 AM

    Peterson is a Hall of Famer and Lacy is a 2nd year player with lots of potential and a really nice rookie season to build on. Lacy is everything the Packers need him to be. Who is better this year? Peterson. Who would I rather have for the next 5 years barring injury? Lacy.

  63. jpat2424 says: Jul 19, 2014 7:21 AM

    Not a pack fan or Aj fan but that was fun

  64. trumb1mj says: Jul 19, 2014 10:00 AM

    I’m guessing the china doll himself is now injured.

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