However, Packers linebacker A.J. Hawk was all smiles at training camp Friday morning.
With the departure of Brett Favre from the Packers, A.J. Hawk's #50 jersey became the best-selling Packers jersey on NFL.com.
"How cool is this? My jersey is the top seller!" exclaimed Hawk, "To hell with Brett Favre! He's a joke anyway! He's throws more interceptions than I sell jerseys and I sell a lot of jerseys, if you haven't noticed!"
A.J. Hawk, the fifth overall selection in the 2006 NFL Draft, came into Green Bay with high expectations to be a playmaker on defense. The former Ohio State Buckeye has not disappointed, leading Green Bay with 119 tackles his rookie season and finishing second on the team with 105 tackles during the 2007 campaign.
Despite finishing third in the 2006 NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year voting and playing in the 2007 NFC Championship Game, Hawk lists the success of his jersey sales as the highlight of his NFL career, and perhaps his life.
“I’m definitely going to brag about this for a while. Man, what an adrenaline rush! Screw the Super Bowl! I might just retire now while I’m on top. Unlike Favre, I know when to hang it up.”
This isn’t the first time A.J. Hawk’s jersey has been a hot topic in the sports world—half of a jersey, to be specific. Hawk’s wife Laura, the sister of Cleveland Browns quarterback Brady Quinn, wore a split jersey to the Notre Dame-Ohio State Fiesta Bowl matchup in 2006. One side of the jersey was her brother Brady’s #10 Fighting Irish jersey, while the other side was Hawk’s #47 Buckeye jersey.
When Hawk finally calmed down from his newfound popularity, he was asked to give his opinion on how Aaron Rodgers would fare as the team's new starting quarterback.
Hawk replied, "I couldn't care less. As long as Rodgers doesn't pass me in NFL.com jersey sales, he's our quarterback and I’ve got his back."
Hawk added later that it would be "very difficult" for Rodgers to play quarterback while holding a clipboard.
***This article is satire. Quotes and most information in this article are entirely fictitious.***