A. J. Hawk played eleven seasons in the National Football League (NFL) before quitting on January 7, 2017, via a podcast. The former linebacker began his football career in high school and continued it until college. Along the way, he won honors and deserved awards for his accomplishments before being called up by the Green Bay Packers in the 2006 NFL Draft as 5th overall in the NFL.
Age, Early Life, and Rise to Fame
A. The story of J. Hawk began in Kettering, a suburb of Dayton, Ohio, where he was born on January 6, 1984. However, he grew up in Centerville, also a suburb of Dayton. Detailed information about his family is not available, but his parents’ names are listed as Keith and Judy Hawk. Hawk reportedly has two older brothers, and their names are listed as Brady and Ryan Hawk. Brady Hawk is, from what we have learned, an author/writer, while Ryan Hawk is a management consultant and host of The Learning Leader Show. He wanted to play professional football like his younger brother, but it didn’t work out.
A.J. attended Centerville High School, where he started playing on the college soccer team in his freshman year. After an impressive high school soccer career, Hawk was accepted into Ohio State University (OSU), and his enviable high school soccer career saw the doors of the college soccer team open for him. He immediately began playing for the Ohio State Buckeyes soccer team under coach Jim Tressel. It was a fruitful partnership as they won the BCS National Championship the same year he joined them as a rookie (2002).
His brilliant performances with the team earned him personal praise, awards, and honors in recognition of his efforts. He played for the Buckeyes for three seasons (between 2002 and 2005) and was voted the first team in the All-Big Ten in all three seasons. He also won the MVP award at the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl. A. J. was mentioned in his senior season in the All-American First Team and also won the Lombardi Award for Best College Football Linebacker.
His Net Worth
The former Green Bay Packers linebacker, who retired from the sport in 2017, earned a substantial amount of money while playing for the Green Bay Packers, the Cincinnati Bengals, and the Atlanta Falcons. He signed a 6-year contract with the Packers worth $37.5 million and his 2-year contract with the Bengals was worth $3.25 million. However, there is no definitive figure for his net worth. While some sources put it at $32 million, others put it at $25 million.
Does He Have a Sister?
As already mentioned, his family consists only of his parents and two brothers. He has not mentioned that he has a sister, so it is not known if there is one. However, he is married to the sister of retired NFL quarterback Brady Quinn, who played for a number of NFL clubs, including the Denver Broncos, the New York Jets, and the Kansas City Chiefs. He is currently a college football analyst for Fox Sports. In addition to college football, Quinn also analyzes NFL games.
A. J. Hawk Wife and Kids
This guy is happily married to his college sweetheart and dancer, Laura Quinn. The lovebirds met in college and have been a couple ever since. Their wedding was a surprise to everyone, including their fans, when Hawk and Quinn walked down the aisle within six months of falling in love. Rumor has it that they were in a hurry so that the then-newcomer A. J. Hawk could sign his contract as a married man, which would bring certain advantages to his wife.
There seems to be some truth in this rumor, because the first wedding – the “marriage at gunpoint” – was a civil wedding that took place in a courthouse on July 24, 2006. A real wedding ceremony took place a year later – on March 17, 2007, when two beautiful children – a boy and a girl – were born from their marriage. Their first child, a daughter named Lennon Noel, was born on December 4, 2010, while their son, Hendrix Knight, was born just over two years later in January 2013.
Who Is Laura Quinn?
Laura Quinn is known not only 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 and currently works as a football analyst for Fox Sports. Currently, she is also a dance teacher and teaches at the Edge Performing Arts Center and the Millennium Dance Complex while still dancing herself.
Laura began 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 performances. Her roles changed as she got older and improved with the dance steps. She later attended the Baltimore School for Arts and took classes with the Kirov Ballet and Miami City Ballet. After graduating from the Baltimore School for the Arts, Laura fully enrolled in a pre-professional program with 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