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A. J. Hawk played eleven seasons in the National Football League (NFL) before calling it quits via a podcast on January 7, 2017. The former linebacker began his football career in high school and continued through college, winning honors and deserved accolades along the way for his performances before he was drafted in the 2006 NFL Draft as 5th overall by the Green Bay Packers.
Age, Early Life, and Rise to Fame
A. J. Hawk’s story began in Kettering, a suburb of Dayton in Ohio, where he was born on January 6, 1984. However, he was raised in Centerville, also a suburb of Dayton. Detailed information about his family is unavailable but his parents’ names are given as Keith and Judy Hawk. According to reports, Hawk has two older brothers and their names are given as Brady and Ryan Hawk. Brady Hawk, from what we learned, is an author/writer while Ryan Hawk is a leadership consultant and host of The Learning Leader Show. He sought to play pro football like the younger brother but things didn’t work out for him.
A.J. attended Centerville High School where he started playing in the varsity football team in his first year. After an impressive football career in high school, Hawk gained admission into Ohio State University (OSU) and his enviable high school football career saw the doors of the college football team fling open for him. He immediately started playing for the Ohio State Buckeyes football team under coach Jim Tressel. It was a fruitful partnership as they won the BCS National Championship the same year he joined them (2002) as a freshman.
With his brilliant showings with the team came personal accolades, awards, and honors in recognition of his efforts. He played for the Buckeyes for three seasons (between 2002 and 2005) and was selected into the All-Big Ten first team in all the three seasons. He also won the MVP award in the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl. A. J. had a mention in the All-American first team in his senior season and also won the Lombardi Award as the best college football linebacker.
His Net Worth
The former Green Bay Packers linebacker who retired from the sports in 2017, has made considerable sum while playing for Green Bay Packers, Cincinnati Bengals, and Atlanta Falcons. He signed a 6-year deal with the Packers worth $37.5 million and his 2-year contract with the Bengals was worth $3.25 million. However, there is no definite figure on his net worth. While some sources put it at $32 million, others say it is $25 million.
Does He Have a Sister?
As mentioned earlier, his family is only made up of his parents and two brothers. He has not mentioned having any sister and so it is not known if any exist. However, he is married to the sister of retired NFL quarterback, , who played for a host of NFL clubs including Denver Broncos, New York Jets, and Kansas City Chiefs. He is currently a college football analyst for Fox Sports. In addition to college football, Quinn also analyses NFL games.
A. J. Hawk Wife and Kids
This bloke is happily married to his college sweetheart and dancer, Laura Quinn. The lovebirds met in college and have been an item ever since. Their wedding came as a surprise to everyone, including their fans as Hawk and Quinn walked down the aisle just within six months of falling in love with each other. It is rumored that it was hurried so that then-rookie A. J. Hawk would sign his rookie contract as a married man which would extend certain benefits to his wife.
There seems to be an element of truth in the rumor as the initial nuptial – “shotgun wedding” – was a civil ceremony which took place on July 24, 2006, at a courthouse. A proper wedding ceremony was done a year later – on March 17, 2007. Their marriage has produced two beautiful children – a boy and a girl. Their first child, a daughter christened Lennon Noel, was born on December 4, 2010, while their son, Hendrix Knight was born a little over two years later in January 2013.
Who Is Laura Quinn?
Laura Quinn is not only known as the wife of A. J. Hawk but also as the sister of Brandy Quinn, a former NFL quarterback who wore the colors of the New York Jets among others and is currently a football analyst for Fox Sports. She is also a dance teacher presently and teaches at the Edge Performing Arts Center and Millennium Dance Complex, while still dancing herself.
Laura started training at the age of seven. She trained at the Baltimore Country Youth Ballet where she was a star and performed so many ballet dance renditions. Her roles changed as she grew older and got better with the dance steps. She would, later on, attend the Baltimore School for Arts and take classes at Kirov Ballet and Miami City Ballet. After graduating from Baltimore School for the Arts, Laura enrolled fully into a pre-professional program at Miami City Ballet.
Quick Facts – Height, Weight, and Body Stats
Name: Aaron James Hawk
Known as: A. J. Hawk
Profession: Retired NFL Linebacker
Birth Date: January 6, 1984
Birth Place: Kettering, a suburb of Dayton, Ohio
Spouse: Laura Quinn Hawk
Children: 2 (Lennon Noel and Hendrix Knight Hawk )
Height: 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight: 248 lb (112 kg)
Body Stats: N/A
Eye Color: Blue
Hair Color: Brown
Net Worth: N/A