A.J. Hawk has taken some flak from fans over the years for not making enough big plays on the Packers defense.
So when a fan at the American Century Celebrity Golf Championship Tournament in Lake Tahoe recently asked Hawk to tackle him, the linebacker who has only forced three fumbles in his nine-year career was more than happy to show he can still deliver a huge hit.
The fan, wearing sunglasses, a white tank top and perhaps a few layers of beer padding, seemed to relish the bro-opportunity to get sacked by Hawk, who is playing in the event this week along with Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers. The 6-foot-1, 240-pound Hawk set himself before jogging at and laying a pretty good lick on his willing victim.
After the hit, the watching crowd cheered and Hawk, in a backwards red hat, hugged the overjoyed fan before high-fiving his way down a line of admirers.
The Packers probably hope Hawk, a former fifth-overall pick who has never been voted to the Pro Bowl but led the team in tackles and had a career-high five sacks last year, can exert a similarly forceful impact on the gridiron in Green Bay as he did on the links in Tahoe.