A.J. Hawk has found another home in the NFL. The former Ohio State star linebacker signed with the Atlanta Falcons on Tuesday, his agent Mike McCartney announced on Twitter.
— Mike McCartney (@MikeMcCartney7) October 4, 2016
Hawk was a first-round pick by the Green Bay Packers in 2006, taken fifth overall. While at Ohio State, he won the Lombardi Award as the nation’s top linebacker/lineman. He had 394 total tackles in college while playing from 2002 to 2005.
When he got to the NFL, Hawk played for the Packers until the 2015 season, when he signed with the Cincinnati Bengals.
Hawk was released by the Bengals in April. But the Falcons need help at linebacker after Sean Weatherspoon injured his right Achilles tendon and will miss the rest of the season.