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Former Ohio State LB A.J. Hawk is hanging up his cleats.

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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.

Per Packers.com:

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.