Dallas Cowboys: A.J. Hawk

No record crowd, but stadium was loud

February, 6, 2011

ARLINGTON, Texas -- While there was some local disappointment that Super Bowl XLV did not set the game’s attendance record, the size of the crowd impressed some of the Packers.

Linebacker A.J. Hawk played in front of some big crowds at Ohio State and said there was a noticeable feel to Cowboys Stadium on Sunday.

“It got pretty loud,” Hawk said. “Both the Steelers and the Packers have a pretty strong following with their fan bases and I knew it was going to be a little different. Until the game started you knew you were playing on a pretty big stage.”

Earlier in the week, Green Bay coach Mike McCarthy showed his players the movie Hoosiers to make sure they did not get in awe of the $1.2 billion stadium.

“Once you’re on the football field, football becomes football,” wide receiver Greg Jennings said. “The football doesn’t get any bigger. The field doesn’t get any longer. Now the JumboTron is rather huge, but that was about it. Football is football no matter where you play.”

Packers could call Highland Park home

January, 31, 2011
IRVING, Texas -- After the collapse of the Cowboys’ indoor practice facility in May 2009, the team elected not to construct a new one. That means the Green Bay Packers will have to use the facility at Highland Park High School if inclement weather forces them indoors for Super Bowl practice.

Green Bay coach Mike McCarthy said a decision on whether to move their practice will be made Tuesday. The outdoor practices would be at SMU.

Packers linebacker A.J. Hawk already has a scouting report on the Highland Park facility. One of his Ohio State teammates, Anthony Schlegel, graduated from the school.

“I’m from Ohio and high school football is pretty big, at least we think it is,” Hawk said. “[Schlegel] has told me about [the indoor facility]. Texas football is amazing. Everything in Texas is great.”

Hawk is also getting some help from another former Buckeye, Bobby Carpenter, who played for the Cowboys from 2006-09.

“I asked Bobby about playing in the new stadium and how it was and he said it’s just amazing and told me to have a good time down here,” Hawk said. “He hasn’t sold his house yet and a couple of my buddies are staying at his vacant house this week to get some use out of it.”

Behind enemy lines: A.J. Hawk

November, 5, 2010
Galloway & Company go behind enemy lines with Green Bay Packers linebacker A.J. Hawk.

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