- Rob Demovsky, ESPN Staff Writer
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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.