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Though the couple was planning a big wedding for St. Patrick's Day in Columbus, they decided to make it official with a civil ceremony in a lawyer's office in Green Bay just days before A.J. signed his contract. That led to instant speculation that Laura was pregnant or that A.J. wanted her to be eligible for the NFL's insurance and tuition reimbursement programs.
A.J.'s father, Keith, told his local newspaper it was simpler than that.
"He didn't want to be living together as boyfriend and girlfriend," Keith Hawk told the Dayton Daily News. "He wanted to be living together as man and wife. He's old school in everything he does, including this."
Keith and Judy Hawk's three sons all played football. Matt, who is 27, was followed by Ryan, a quarterback who transferred from Miami of Ohio to Ohio University when he realized that he wasn't going to take playing time away from his roommate, Ben Roethlisberger. Ryan Hawk spent time with the Birmingham Steeldogs of AFL2, a minor league for arena football.
"Other than my parents and my high school coaches, my brothers had the biggest influence on my life," A.J.says.
Family was also a big influence on Laura, the oldest of Ty and Robin Quinn's three kids from Dublin, Ohio. Brady, the middle child, is on pace to graduate from Notre Dame in 3 ½ years with dual degrees in finance and political science and Kelly also excels in the classroom.
"We're all different, but kind of the same," Laura says of her siblings. "Kelly is a great athlete and a strong personality, she kind of puts me in check. My brother is kind of like my dad. He's like a father figure. My dad is a lot of fun and he's not as pressuring as Brady seems to be. I'd say my brother and sister have had a huge influence on my life."
Outside of the obvious and quickly-resolved Ohio State -- Notre Dame conflict, the melding of the Hawk and Quinn families and friends networks has been smooth.
"A.J.'s family is awesome," Laura says. "I met them all the same day, after one of his games, and they couldn't have been nicer to me. We hit it off right away and they were very welcoming. His family is awesome."
Beginning with the Family Night scrimmage Friday night, the first regular-season game in September and throughout the next few years, A.J. and Laura will be welcomed into one of the biggest families in sports -- the one that lives, eats, sleeps and breathes Packers football.
"I think it's going to be a good fit," A.J. says. "I can't wait to get started."
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Paolo Visitor said: Beautiful, interesting site. Has added a site in bookmarks, tomorrow I shall return, to esteem still.:)
George said: I am embarrassed that Milwaukee is represented by the people responding to this article. Do you have to insult them just because they're famous and featured in this article? They seem like a very nice, good looking couple making a fresh start in a new community. I have a sneaking suspicion that none of your girlfriends have anything on her...I will agree with the comment about the makeup... She doesn't need it.
Alan J said: WI hottest couple? You're kidding. Right?
brewcrewdrew said: nice interview, cant wait to see aj play.. wow.. move over deanna farve
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