Green Bay Packers: Brian Urlacher



Have you ever wanted to get tackled by an NFL linebacker?

Yeah, me neither.

But at least one person did, and A.J. Hawk was happy to deliver.

The Green Bay Packers veteran inside linebacker granted a fan his request, and Hawk leveled him. Not on a football field but on a golf course.

Hawk, who is about to begin his ninth season with the Green Bay Packers, is one of several NFL players competing this week in the American Century Championship, a celebrity golf tournament in Lake Tahoe, Nevada.

During a practice round, Hawk got an unusual request from a fan. He wanted to be tackled by the 6-foot-1, 242-pound linebacker.

So Hawk, the Packers' leading tackler in seven of his first eight NFL seasons, obliged. With a running start, he lowered his right shoulder into the willing spectator, who then popped up and embraced Hawk with a hug.

Of course, there's video of the tackle, courtesy of American Century Investments' Instagram account (see above).

If you want to see Hawk do what most people do on a golf course, you watch see him and Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers compete in the tournament, which begins today and is televised on NBC Sports Network and NBC.

Hawk is paired with former NFL safety Rodney Harrison and Arizona Cardinals cornerback Patrick Peterson. Rodgers is playing with former Chicago Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher and NBA standout Stephen Curry.

How the Packers handle trash talking

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Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy isn't a fan of trash talking by his players, especially when it involves his team's biggest rival.

So when Packers tight end Jermichael Finley criticized Chicago Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher in 2012, it didn't sit well with McCarthy.

At the time, Urlacher had a hamstring injury and appeared unlikely to play against the Packers. Finley responded by saying he didn't think the Bears were losing too much without the aging Urlacher and added that "putting another guy in might help them a little."

Bears linebacker Lance Briggs didn't take too kindly to that comment and called Finley "an idiot."

None of it rose to the level of Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman, who ripped San Francisco 49ers receiver Michael Crabtree after the NFC Championship Game, but nevertheless the war of words between Finley and the Bears didn't sit well with McCarthy at the time.

"I'm not a proponent of that," McCarthy said during his weekly radio appearance on WMTJ Milwaukee in advance of that Packers-Bears game in 2012. "I would prefer it doesn't go that way.

"The game is about on the field. I understand the job of the media, the energy, the marketing aspect of making the game more interesting than it may be perceived to be, but this game has such great history, great players who have played in this game. That's what it's all about at the end of the day. That's what I want the game to be known for."

QB Watch: Packers' Aaron Rodgers

October, 30, 2013
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A weekly examination of the Green Bay Packers’ quarterback play.

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Rewind: In his most efficient performance of the season, Aaron Rodgers completed a season-high 82.8 percent of his passes (24-of-29) in Sunday’s 44-31 win over the Minnesota Vikings. At least two of his incompletions were throwaways and there was one drop. He had his second straight interception-free game, and his QBR of 98.6 was the highest since he became a starter in 2008. He threw both of his touchdown passes to receiver Jordy Nelson, and both came with Nelson lined up in the slot position.

Fast-forward: Rodgers has won his last six starts against the Chicago Bears, including the 2010 NFC Championship Game. The Bears come to Lambeau Field on Monday night. His last loss to the Bears came on Monday Night Football on Sept. 27, 2010.

New targets: A week after getting second-year receiver Jarrett Boykin more involved against the Cleveland Browns with eight catches for 103 yards and a touchdown, Rodgers targeted rookie Myles White seven times, and White caught five of them for 35 yards against the Vikings.

Prediction: Rodgers doesn't have Brian Urlacher to worry about anymore. The former Bears linebacker had three career interceptions against Rodgers, including one in the NFC title game. Without Urlacher to bother him, look for Rodgers to continue his interception-free streak.

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