A.J. Hawk officially retires, Joey Bosa misses workouts, WWE celebrates Ohio State and more
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Today is Wednesday, April 19, and it’s time to Wake Up Sloopy.
A.J. Hawk hangs it up
After playing in just 1 game with the Atlanta Falcons in 2016 before being released, Buckeyes great A.J. Hawk officially announced his retirement on Tuesday. And he did so as a member of the team he spent the majority of his career with, the Green Bay Packers.
Former LB A.J. Hawk, who played 9 seasons (2006-14) in Green Bay, has informed the club of his decision to retire with the Packers. The announcement was made Tuesday by Ted Thompson, Executive Vice President, General Manager and Director of Football Operations.
Hawk, who was drafted by Green Bay with the No. 5 overall pick in the 2006 NFL Draft out of Ohio State, ranks No. 1 in franchise history (since 1975) with 1,118 career tackles, having surpassed LB John Anderson’s mark (1,020, 1978-89) in the 2013 regular-season finale. Hawk led the Packers in tackles 5 times during his career (2006, 2008, 2010, 2012-13), which is tied with LB Nick Barnett for the top mark in team history.
“The first thing that needs to be said about A.J. Hawk is that he is a good man,” Thompson said. “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.”
After his 9 seasons with the Packers, Hawk spent 2015 with the Cincinnati Bengals before his brief stint on the Falcons. In 4 seasons at Ohio State (2002-05), Hawk recorded 394 tackles — fifth-most in program history.
With his playing days now behind him, it wouldn’t be surprising to see Hawk venture into a media career. In 2016, the 2005 Lombardi Award winner did some work for SiriusXM radio, which included covering his alma mater’s loss to Clemson in the College Football Playoff Fiesta Bowl.
Joey Bosa’s whereabouts
From 1 Ohio State great to another, there hasn’t been any shortage of headlines about Joey Bosa in the last year. But the reigning NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year once again appears to be at odds with his team, as Bosa has been a noticeable absence from the Los Angeles Chargers’ voluntary offseason workouts.
Chargers head coach Anthony Lynn confirmed to reporters here at Chargers Park on Tuesday that Bosa has been working with his personal trainer in Florida away from the facility the last 2 weeks, rather than attending voluntary workouts at Chargers Park.
Bosa also did not attend the start of Phase II offseason work for the Chargers on Tuesday. Bosa missed part of offseason work and all of training camp his rookie year due to a contract dispute over offset language in his rookie contract.
Despite his NFL career getting off to a slow start because of his contract holdout and subsequent left hamstring strain, Bosa managed to tally 10.5 sacks in his rookie campaign. At this point, perhaps the Chargers trust their young star defender to know what’s right when it comes to his offseason preparation.
As for his relationship with his old team, Bosa was in attendance at Ohio State’s spring game on Saturday, where he was honored alongside Dallas Cowboys standout Ezekiel Elliott.
Buckeye State beat down
WWE Monday Night Raw emanated live from the Schottenstein Center on Ohio State’s campus this week. As a result, there was no shortage of Buckeyes flavor to be found on the show.
The most noticeable reference to the Scarlet and Gray came during a segment involving 2 Buckeye State natives. After interrupting The Miz’s Miz TV, intercontinental champion Dean Ambrose, who hails from Cincinnati, urged the Cleveland native to meet him in the middle.
Ambrose then proceeded to lead the crowd at The Schott in a chorus of “O-H-I-O” chants. You can see it in the video below at the 55-second mark.
Also of note at the show: Columbus native Alexa Bliss won a fatal 4-way match to become the No. 1 contender for the Raw women’s championship. Bliss (real name: Lexi Kaufman) is a self-professed Buckeyes fan.
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