Brent Yarina, BTN.com Senior Editor, September 24, 2013
Former Ohio State standout linebacker and current Green Bay Packer A.J. Hawk stopped by the BTN studio Tuesday. With his Packers on a bye week, Hawk took the time to be a guest analyst on #BTNLive. Watch video of Hawk's appearance above. Before Hawk went in front of the cameras, BTN.com asked him a handful of questions we received for him on Twitter.
We'll get to the tweets in a moment. First, let's get to his interview on #BTNLive.
I also had a couple questions for Hawk:
BTN.com: I know it's difficult to do, but give me your Mount Rushmore of Ohio State Linebackers.
Hawk: That's a great one. There's so many! (Chris) Spielman's up there. Obviously, everyone loves that guy. He's the man. I'm going to go out on a limb and a guy that was an intern coach when I was there: Steve Tovar. Tovar, I love Tovar. He's a great coach and a great guy. A guy who gets overlooked, I think, is Marcus Marek. And (Randy) Gradishar, I'll put him up there.
BTN.com: I have to ask you this: Braxton or Kenny?
Hawk: It's a good problem to have, I think, as a coach. You have two stud quarterbacks who can play. But, obviously, Braxton's the guy, and Coach Meyer has said that a lot. But they do feel confident in Kenny. When your backup can come in and throw that many touchdown passes, it's a nice thing.
And now for your Twitter questions:
Hawk: I don't really have one. I was always kind of scared to get stuck into something that I had to do every day. But I honestly can't think of one thing that I do before every game. The music I listen to kind of changes from year to year, depending on what's going on at that time. Other than trying to check out a few pictures of my kids on the phone before I go out on the field, that's it.
Hawk: I had a bunch, so it's hard to narrow it down to just one. If I have to narrow it down to one, I'd say winning the national championship my freshman year against Miami in the Fiesta Bowl. It's tough to top that one.
Hawk: I don't know about coaching. I'm not that good of a coach, and telling people what to do is not really my thing. I don't know, that's why I'm dabbling around in stuff like this (guest analyst on #BTNLive). I like the whole commentator thing.
Hawk: Probably all the relationships I made through there. I live in Columbus now in the offseason. My wife's from there – I met my wife toward the very end of college. I'm still friends with so many guys I played with. Still really close friends with Bobby Carpenter and Anthony Schlegel
, two of the linebackers I played with, who still live in Columbus. Things like that, just forming lifelong friendships.
Hawk: I don't think so. It's kind of easy now, having it short. I like it, because I don't really have to mess with it too much. So, i don't think I'll be growing it back.
Hawk: The national championship's up there, for sure. Also, the Super Bowl a couple years ago, it's tough to top that. I want to get back there again.
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