A.M. Quickslant: If You Wanna Have Your Cake…

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AJ Hawk has been seen by many (including myself) as a player who has not lived up to his topaj five draft status. That is all about to change. 

Last Season, in the absence of Clay Matthews, AJ flashed greatness a time or two. In the Ravens game he played like his hair was on fire. Registering 3 sacks and with ten tackles, five of which were for loss. That kind of performance is the kind we expected out of Hawk coming out of Ohio State in ’06. But it wasn’t just that game. For the season AJ registered 118 tackles, 5 sacks, a fumble forced and recovered. AJ has and always will be a tackling machine, partly due to his position but there is another reason as well:

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If you wanna have your cake…

Like I said above, I have been critical too…not of AJ’s play but of his play relative to his draft pick. But how many of us out there in Packernation complain about the injuries and the fact that even our best players (Rodgers, Matthews) are missing significant time? Now, take a look down the “games” column in AJ’s stats…nothin’ but 16’s. We complain about AJ but the guy is always there. The greatest player on the planet can only do his team good when he is on the field and AJ has not been the greatest player on the planet but he has been available and flashed greatness from time to time. Often in the NFL the best players are the ones that are the most reckless and those players are often injured (Bob Sanders, Clay Matthews, Troy Polomalu). Part of the reason that AJ has been available may be because he has played smart, but there could be a tradeoff in that he is not as impactful because of it. Perhaps we can’t have our cake and eat it too here…

And this season is going to be different anyway

ajintThis season AJ will play with the possibility of three play-makers on the field. In addition to Clay Matthews, Julius Peppers and Datone Jones will be forcing offensive lines to shift protection and this will open up opportunities for AJ. But AJ will still have to play better. Remember, this is a guy who took a pay cut a few years back and was getting limited to two down duty for awhile. But I think all that is going to work in AJ’s favor because he now knows that he is going to have to throw caution to the wind and get after it if he is going to keep his job. He has shown he is capable of doing it and I for one think he will. We will begin to see what’s what come Saturday when the Packers training camp opens up and the competition begins. But AJ will surely be playing knowing that his spot is not a given this time around.

Time will tell

Time will tell if AJ comes into his own this season. So far we have seen a lot of time go by and little to say that he will. But if AJ can put together a string of performances like he had against the Ravens last season, he will be on the path to becoming the kind of player the Packers thought he could be. Unfortunately, that time also gets shorter with each passing season. Here’s to 2014, the year AJ makes his mark.




Brady Augustine is co-owner and content creator for www.greenbaypackernation.com. He currently resides in Tennessee and also conspires with brother, JR on www.cheesnewswire.com


  1.   February 27, 2015, 11:21 pm

    AJ Please know that it is difficult to see a man of such HIGH character and class no longer be playing on Sunday’s in the Green and Gold. I know you still have “gas” in the tank, so know most of us Packer fans will be rooting for you as your playing days continue. Only the BEST wishes for you and your family!

  2.   February 27, 2015, 2:16 pm

    As a packer fan and “neighbor” from Dayton, Ohio have always followed your career with interest. Sorry to see you go, but wish you and your family the best always.

  3.   February 27, 2015, 11:42 am

    Give me Style or give me Class, I’ll take Class every time. AJ Hawk WS and is a Class Act. He gave it everything on and off the field and you never heard him brag, boast, or run his mouth, he did his job! I believe he is the leading Packer tackler of all time? KH

  4.   February 27, 2015, 10:21 am

    An NFL career can’t last forever – but No.50 had a good run

    Was continually amazed at his ability to be at the right place making plays – game after game.

    To us AJ will always be a true Packer

  5.   February 27, 2015, 5:40 am

    We’ll miss you AJ Hawk. Forever a Packer and forever in our hearts. Thank you for nine great years.

  6.   February 27, 2015, 4:11 am


  7.   February 27, 2015, 12:16 am

    Thanks for all the great years here I will miss you . No mater where you go , I will be looking for you good luck frank lawver thanks

  8.   February 27, 2015, 12:11 am

    I bought a Hawk jersey after AJ’s first year with the Pack because I knew he was going to be a special addition to the team. Best of luck AJ wherever you land next but know you’ll always be in the hearts of the Packers fans!

  9.   February 26, 2015, 10:51 pm

    Thanks for the nine great years you played as a “Packer” Best of luck in the rest of your career. You will be missed!

  10.   February 26, 2015, 10:24 pm

    congrats AJ, awesome career with PACKERS. Sad to see you go, liked you for being a better role model for the team. Props for CLASS and morales. Should have kept you and released mccarthy for stupid calls that blew a championship game, that you deserved. good luck in your future, try not to hit Aaron too hard.lol

  11.   February 26, 2015, 9:48 pm

    Thank you A.J., you were an asset to my favorite and only team! Will miss you! Good luck on your next journey 🙂 #Packerfanforlife and to think I live in Seahawk nation…UGH!!! LOL.

  12.   February 26, 2015, 8:56 pm

    I couldn’t believe the news. I have watched you play since your days as a Buckeye and as a Buckeye and Packer fan all these years watching you has always been fun. A buddy and I met you at the Memorial a few years ago and you stopped and chatted with us for a few minutes, we were very appreciative of you taking tome out to talk to us. Good luck always, You are a class act! I’ll still be watching!

  13.   February 26, 2015, 7:22 pm

    We are starting to think maybe Ted Thompson should go. He seems to do more damage than good with his cuts. Reliable is a good thing and AJ Hawk is all of that plus so much more.
    Go Packers! Hoping for the best next season ever.

    •   February 27, 2015, 9:49 am

      Aj Hawk, thanks for being a team player and helping the packers defense the past nine years.

    •   February 27, 2015, 12:08 am

      I aggree !!

  14.   February 26, 2015, 7:03 pm

    Will miss u, luved the way u played like a true PACKER GO GETTER! Best of luck,but not when it is against the PACK!!

  15.   February 26, 2015, 6:33 pm

    Sorry to see him go. How long before the Vikings sign him.

    •   February 27, 2015, 6:42 pm

      If they are smart today…..:P

  16.   February 26, 2015, 4:20 pm

    Almont ready to cry you will truly be missed good luck in your career I will keep watching and following your career for sure no matter where you go good luck !!!!

  17.   February 26, 2015, 4:16 pm

    AJ, I followed you as a Buckeye and was elated that my Packers picked you. Anybody that knows football knows you brought stability and leadership to the middle. Sorry to see you go. God Bless You, you are a class act!

  18.   February 26, 2015, 4:16 pm

    You are the man. I think this sucks for the record. Don’t know why your being cut. But a BIG THANK YOU for the rememberable years. Praying for you. Good luck and God speed.

  19.   February 26, 2015, 4:10 pm

    Cheers for the memories, I’ve always thought judgement on you was too harsh regarding draft pick position…… Personally I don’t think you left anything on the field.

  20.   February 26, 2015, 3:52 pm

    once a Packer always a Packer. He may be gone but to any true packer fan he will always be a packer .

  21.   February 26, 2015, 3:38 pm

    Some fans noticed players leaving a gated parking area of Lambeau. I quickly bought a hat for my son and a marker, and dashed to the gate in hopes of an autograph. A few SUVs with dark-tinted windows drove out of the lot, the slight flash of a hand visible through the glass. There was only one vehicle that stopped while I was outside, and that was driven by A.J.Hawk – window down and smile across his face. My son got the autograph. A.J. got my respect. Class act. Thanks for the man you are.

  22.   February 26, 2015, 3:24 pm

    AJ you are one of the best, you will be always be a Green Bay Packer to me and the family. Good luck with your next team. You are one heck of a player,will miss you.

  23.   February 26, 2015, 3:17 pm

    Sorry I can not call him a champion! Nice guys do not win championships and if it was not for his teammates carrying him for 9 years he would have not lasted past his rookie contract!

    He is a classy guy and what a Packer is suppose to be off the field but on the field all he was is reliable nothing else. A #5 pick over all is suppose to be a game changer and he never was.

    While I hate to see good people lose their jobs I can not say I am ad to see him go sorry 🙁

    •   February 26, 2015, 8:09 pm

      Wow you’re a tool. Also a retarded.

    •   February 26, 2015, 4:01 pm

      They should have took Ernie sims. Or jay Cutler. Your an idiot.

  24.   February 26, 2015, 3:17 pm

    Thank you for showing how a real man acts A.J. You’ll always be a Packer to me #50. Good Luck and God Bless.

  25.   February 26, 2015, 3:14 pm

    I am an almost 70 year old grandma and Green Bay Pack and A J Hawk fan. Got my pink 50 shirt a few years back and wear it proudly.

  26.   February 26, 2015, 3:12 pm

    Once a Packer, always a Packer……Thank you.

  27.   February 26, 2015, 3:05 pm

    I will always be proud of you. My daughter bought my “50” Jersey 9 years ago…Your parents raised a very good son on and off the field.

  28.   February 26, 2015, 3:03 pm

    A.J.Hawk, a true Champion SIR, A true Professional. Im sorry to see you go, your blood will always be Green and Gold. Remember the Super Bowl as you were on that Team of champions.
    I look forward to seeing you play else where, there plenty of teams that could use you.

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