Former Ohio State Linebacker A.J. Hawk to Be the Guest Picker for ESPN's College GameDay on Saturday

By Chase Brown on November 26, 2022 at 9:45 am
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Former Ohio State linebacker A.J. Hawk will be the guest picker for ESPN's College GameDay on Saturday.

The announcement came via a video from first-year GameDay host Pat McAfee, who frequently shares a stage with Hawk on The Pat McAfee Show, a daily sports talk show that broadcasts from noon to 3 p.m. on weekdays.

Hawk played for Ohio State from 2002-05, appearing in 51 games (with 38 starts) while collecting 394 tackles, 41 tackles for loss, 15.5 sacks, seven interceptions and 13 pass breakups. He also had three forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and two defensive touchdowns – one off a blocked punt and the other off an interception.

The Kettering, Ohio, native earned three first-team All-Big Ten honors during his four-year career with the Buckeyes. As a senior in 2005, Hawk won the Lombardi Award as the best linebacker in college football. He was also recognized as a unanimous All-American.

After his Ohio State career, Hawk played for more than a decade in the NFL, with nine years spent as a member of the Green Bay Packers. Hawk racked up 947 tackles, 20 sacks, four forced fumbles, five fumbles recoveries, nine interceptions and 35 pass deflections in his career and was a Super Bowl champion with the Packers in 2011.

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