The Ohio State Athletics Hall of Fame Class of 2019 was inducted over the weekend. The group was officially welcomed at a dinner Friday in the Ohio Union and introduced to the crowd at halftime of the Buckeye football game Saturday in Ohio Stadium.
A two-time All-American and one of the best defensive players in school history, AJ Hawk ended his career as the fifth-leading all-time tackler with 394 total stops. During a unanimous All-American season as a senior, he won the Lombardi Award and was the Big Ten Conference Defensive Player of the Year. A team co-captain in 2005, Hawk played in all 14 games during Ohio State’s 2002 national championship season, won two Big Ten titles and his Buckeye teams were 4-0 in bowl games and 3-1 vs. Michigan.
A four-year letterman, Hawk was elected co-captain as a senior, receiving a vote from every player on the team except for himself. Following the season, he was drafted by the Green Bay Packers with the fifth overall selection in the 2006 NFL Draft and would later win Super Bowl XLV with the team over the Pittsburgh Steelers. He was also a member of the Cincinnati Bengals and Atlanta Falcons.
“My whole life, all I was trying to do was find a way to get a scholarship offer from Ohio State. I was going to commit on the spot and do whatever I could to keep it.” | AJ Hawk