A-J Hawk will retire as a Packer.
The team announced today (Tuesday) that the inside linebacker will sign a ceremonial contract with Green Bay, and then submit his retirement papers to the N-F-L. Hawk played the first nine of his eleven pro seasons in Green Bay, missing only two regular season games after he became the league's Number five overall draft pick in 2006 out of Ohio State. He was let go at the end of 2014, and he played the following year in Cincinnati and one game last season with Atlanta. General manager Ted Thompson called Hawk "a terrific teammate and a true professional during his career." Coach Mike McCarthy says Hawk's "leadership and toughness were instrumental" to the success of the Packers, who made the playoffs in all but two of Hawks' nine years with Green Bay.