Green Bay Packers release A.J. Hawk

Hawk: 'I appreciate the Packers and how awesome they've been'

The Green Bay Packers have released linebacker A.J. Hawk.

The announcement was made Wednesday by the Executive Vice President, General Manager and Director of Football Operations Ted Thompson.

“A.J. is a consummate Packer and we are grateful for all that he has given and how he represented the organization over the past nine seasons,” Thompson said. “He was a durable and consistent contributor to our success, but more importantly, he is a great person and teammate. The Packers are grateful for all that he has done on the field and in the community. We wish A.J., his wife Laura, and the rest of their family all the best.”

On Wednesday, A.J. Hawk and his brother Ryan posted a YouTube video to “TheHawkCast,” (and tweeted it via @OfficialAJHawk) describing his appreciation of the Packers and his time in Green Bay during his nine seasons with the team.

Hawk said he wanted to give people his thoughts “and let everybody know everything’s all right. I wasn’t  taken by surprise…kinda had a feeling it might happen.”

Hawk said the Packers have been “super classy in handling this” process.

“I wanted to jump on here and really just let people know of how much I appreciate the Packers and how awesome they’ve been and that I have no bitterness, no animosity towards anyone, really, honestly.”

Hawk was selected by the Packers in the first round (No. 5 overall) of the 2006 NFL Draft out of Ohio State. He led the teams in tackles five times during his career (2006, 2008, 2010, 2012-13), which tied LB Nick Barnett for the franchise record (since 1975).

Hawk said he was happy going to work at Lambeau Field every day, appreciates his teammates and the Packers support staff.

His most memorable moment as a Green Bay Packer? Winning Super Bowl XLV.