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Packers LB A.J. Hawk Presides Over Wedding as Minister

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Packers LB A.J. Hawk Presides Over Wedding as Minister

A.J. Hawk took a break from his role of anchoring the Packers linbacking corps this offseason to preform the wedding of Packers trainer, Nate Weir.

Per Jenny Vrentas of,

Hawk, whose day job is an inside linebacker for Green Bay, assured the wedding guests that he is fully licensed by the state. “And the all-powerful Internet!” He registered with an online ministry to become an ordained minister four years ago, with the idea of performing weddings for family members.

Hawk and Weir have been friends since joining the Packers in 2006. On the same day Weir proposed marriage to his fiance, he also proposed the idea of officiating the service to Hawk. 

Hawk took his role very seriously, practicing daily and perfecting his script, as this would be his first time performing a wedding ceremony. 

“I think some people got a little worried when I told them this was my first,” Hawk says. “They probably had really low expectations.”

Hawk personalized the service, 

Hawk made the whole ceremony non-traditional, just as the bride and groom wanted. The first reading was an excerpt from Jake Plummer’s speech at the funeral of Pat Tillman, the former NFL player who lost his life serving in Afghanistan. “What is beauty?” it begins. “Is beauty a pretty face, a nice smile, flowing hair, nice skin? Not to me, it’s not. To me beauty is living life to higher standards, stronger morals and ethics and believing in them, whether people tell you you’re right or wrong.”

But he didn't stop there, 

Hawk had one more surprise. Before he gave the groom permission to kiss the bride, Hawk signaled to the best man, Weir’s younger brother, Josh, to start a slow clap. One by one, the groomsmen and bridesmaids joined in, and pretty soon, the entire courtyard was slow-clapping along with the first kiss. “That’s kind of how this wedding was,” says Josh Weir. “A ceremony that was more of a celebration and a good time, and the perfect day for them.”

Read the entire write up of the ceremony and Hawk and Weir's friendship at


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Thank you all for your restraint. May we never hear AJ Hawk referred to as the "Minister of Defense."

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