Unless A.J. Hawk’s hair grows at an amazingly rapid pace, the Packers linebacker is going to look a lot different this upcoming season. Over the past few years, linebackers with long flowing locks running around looking for someone to hit has become a symbol of Green Bay. Clay Matthews may be able to uphold that reputation in 2012, but Hawk recently chopped his hair off and donated it to Wigs for Kids — a charity that makes wigs for children who have lost their hair as a result of chemotherapy. Hawk and his wife also plan to start “Hawk’s Locks for Kids” in partnership with Wigs for Kids, according to a tweet A.J. sent out on Friday.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: I don’t know why more athletes don’t do this. Hair is hair, and professional athletes have the ability to raise awareness and money by chopping theirs off. We saw it with Jose Reyes last month, as his freshly-cut locks raised thousands on eBay for the Make-A-Wish foundation. Kudos to A.J. for the great gesture.Google+