A.J. Hawk Signs with the Cincinnati Bengals

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StrongBuck's picture

Better there than Cleveland. Awesome to get back home and play in front of family and friends.

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NOLABuckeye's picture

A few years ago I was organizing a golf tournament for the New Orleans Bar Association and Lexis was one of the big sponsors.  As we're setting things up, this Lexis higher up guy sees my block O cap and asks if I'm an Ohio State fan. Thankfully, I wasn't a jerk and enthusiastically told him that I was.  He then asks what I think of A.J. Hawk and I had nothing but wonderful things to say.  He then tells me that he's A.J.'s Dad.  I was floored of course.

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thevman19's picture

He is from Centerville, OH. Elk Pride.

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D.J. Byrnes's picture

He was born in Kettering, but I understand the need to cite Centerville, so I'll amend it.

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thevman19's picture

Appreciated!

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jenks's picture

There is some tension between in those parts over such misunderstandings.

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brunstar's picture

Damn straight, Go Firebirds!

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CincyOSU's picture

Being born in Kettering is more of a technicality...the hospital he was born in was located in Kettering, but the family lived in Centerville.

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CincyOSU's picture

There's my serial downvoter. Good to see you're alive and well!

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Turn N Cough's picture

Don't you mean Elks* pride? Classic GWOC mascot joke. Although I'm pretty sure it has since been added to the dictionary as an acceptable plural form of elk. So, I guess Cville is now off the hook for that one. 

Every year on Thanksgiving I'm thankful for the same thing: my parents leaving Detroit for Ohio before I was born.

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DocD48's picture

Not a Cinci fan but happy they picked him up.  Love watching Bucks in the NFL.  

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TigerSweat's picture

I am a Cincy fan of the most epic proportions. Have been since I was a toddler, so naturally, I despise the Brownies. lol

Good to see AJ get to move closer to home and play in front of a home fanbase again.

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German Buckeye's picture

Ditto - not enough jungle love on 11W - we always have to take crap from the proletariat here.  Nice to see AJ return home, thats the only Buckeye jersey I have!

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lamplighter's picture

don't you mean Kentucky?  Covington's team.

Almost rather him go the Stillers

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JozyMozy's picture

OI. i'll reck u proper, m8 i swear on me mum i will

but seriously, It's the offseason. I can't help who I grew up rooting for. Bengals, Brownies, let's all just get along. For like a week. ish.

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NOLABuckeye's picture

Awesome!  Taft was governor when I last resided in Ohio.

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rightfield's picture

Welcome home AJ. Who Dey! I hope AJ has something left in his tank to help the Bengals get over the first round hump.

Its good to be the king

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703Buckeye's picture

Can he play QB?

"Attack the Strong, Trample the Weak, Hurdle the Dead!"
-Former OSU S&C Coach Lichter

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SM_Chi's picture

It's great to be a Bengals fan today!! [most of the time, it's utter frustration]

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AZBUCK-I's picture

@SM_Chi - regarding the playoffs, I can see the frustration, but at least they field a competitive team. Been here in Arizona 18 years, and used to follow the Browns. They have been so laughable, I'm considering becoming a Cardinals fan.

Congrats to the Bengals on a GREAT Buckeye coming home!

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Gary Moeller: Player for Woody;
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Brady Hoke: Owned by donuts;
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1958Buckeye's picture

I'll be buying that jersey! Welcome home!!!!!!!!

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Icouldnotgofor3's picture

was hoping he'd go to the Browns...

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armybucknut's picture

Yessssss!!!!!!!! Everyone yapping on Cincy jungle about his PFF grades but he's solid in run support and had a lot of leadership in GB. I'm stoked, Go Bengals but always first and foremost, Go Bucks!

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TigerSweat's picture

Dude, there are several people on CincyJungle that are complete effing idiots... I used to read/comment there (alot) until I just couldn't take the dissenting cry-baby shit anymore. I had an epic comment debate/argument for about 2 months leading up to last years draft. I was promoting Roby in the first round and 90% of the people there were blasting on Bradley, saying that he was overrated and a loser. I was quick to point out his superior athleticism and his ability to lay the boom stick in run support, but to no avail. We all know how that played out for Cincy/Denver. The Broncos got an immediate starter/playmaker and my Bengals drafted another "project" corner.....  Goes to show how football savvy some of the readers are there. I wouldn't put any stock at all in the shit that half of the commenters there say.

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NOLABuckeye's picture

Bungles.  Go figure.

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OSU725's picture

Couple of things. In regards to AJ I think he is a much better fit in a 4-3 defense vs a 3-4 defense that he has been playing. I don't have huge expectations but I expect he will play better. You are right a lot of people on the Bengals MB are pretty lame. Especially when it comes to Ohio State and their players, lot of hate (or as I see it misplaced jealousy). With Roby vs Dennard you are right that Roby has made an impact where Dennard has not but I believe a lot of that has to do with how Marvin Lewis handles rookies (I would not be shocked had the Bengals drafted Roby he would have spent most of the season the same way Dennard did) I would have been more than happy with either of the two. This website is much more friendly than Jungle Noise.

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Buckeye Elite's picture

As a kid growing up when he played at The Ohio State University, A.J. was my favorite player. As I started to play football I tried to model my playing after him. I am definitely buying a jersey. Welcome home A.J.!!!!!!

"Clear eyes, Full heart, Can't lose!"
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selmer862's picture

So glad to see AJ land on his feet…and back in Ohio!

"You don't win when you're too damned happy, and I like to win"--Woody Hayes

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AZBUCK-I's picture

Bengal's D just got a serious upgrade! Hope he does well.

Bo Schembechler: Student of Woody;
Gary Moeller: Player for Woody;
Lloyd Carr & Rich Rodriguez: Owned by Tressel;
Brady Hoke: Owned by donuts;
Jim Harbaugh: Owned by Urban to the tune of 42-13.

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ohiobobg's picture

I have long ago forgiven him for going to "That School Down South".

( Centerville, that is... )

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BuckinJax's picture

Glad to see the Ohio guys come back home.

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Seattle Linga's picture

Very nice pick up for the Bengals - glad he has some extra in the tank still.

It's not a rivalry .............. it's a wreckoning.

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buckeyeEddie27's picture

Yeeeeeeeeeeeeeeesssssssss! Love this deal!

I know there's a game Saturday, and my ass will be there.

I Believe In Ohio State.

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CantonBuckeyes12's picture

Great to have AJ back in the great state of Ohio... even if it's for the Bengals! But seriously welcome home AJ! Hopefully he can swing by Columbus a little more often now! 

We will fight to the end for OH-IO!

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JOhio1560's picture

Good for him!  Glad to see A.J. return to his home state.

Speaking of A.J., does anyone else think it would have been kinda funny if he had played for the Kansas Jayhawks?

I'm not finished!  Before we let you leave, your commander must cross that field, present himself before this army, put his head between his legs, and kiss his own arse.

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TEAM_KRK's picture

I'm a huge Packer fan and AJ was always a class act in Green Bay. He had a great work ethic and never missed a game. I always wished he would come back to Green Bay as a strength and conditioning coach or assist. Best of luck in Cincinnati AJ!

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73buckeye's picture

Packer fan here too. Agree completely. AJ gave Green Bay his best for 9 years, but lots of people there didn't appreciate him for his solid, consistent play and leadership. He's not flashy, just a good solid football player. He'll do well in Cincy.

ernie

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mvbuck's picture

The people who don't appreciate his contribution are morons. He played for nine years and missed two games. TWO GAMES!!! On top of that, he was a defensive captain for a big portion of his time there; calling all the defensive plays (including the SB year). Sorry for this mini rant but he does not get some of the credit he is due (not talking to you) and it chaps my ass. 

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Arizona_Buckeye's picture

Welcome home A.J.!!! Not a Browns or Bengals fan but just love seeing A.J. remain in the league!

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northwoods buckeye's picture

Big Packers fan here. Sad to see him go, has an amazing work ethic. Really glad to see him picked up for another few years.

Pay it forward

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jamesrbrown322's picture

"Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed, is more important than any other one thing." - Abraham Lincoln

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Tkebuck1's picture

May have list a step over the years, but he'll be a smart add to the bengals. They need a leader...now they have one.

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scarletandgray1's picture

Glad my boys finally have one of my favorite Buckeyes. 

Nice!

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Dillon G's picture

That sucks. Glad he is still playing, but that is the third worst choice after Pittsburgh and Baltimore. And I hope he does well.

#walkaway

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