Green Bay Packers linebacker A.J. Hawk briefly escaped the hustle and bustle of organized team activities on Wednesday to fly with the Blue Angels, the U.S. Navy's flight demonstration squadron.
It pretty much was all downhill from there.
Hawk worked to arrange a flight for the past few years before it finally came to fruition this week during a 50-minute demonstration in La Crosse that left him feeling pretty ill afterwards.
“Man, it was amazing. I’d do it again in a heartbeat,” Hawk said during the second day of OTAs on Thursday. “I felt bad because I was apologizing to him the whole time because I got sick minute 12 or 13 and we were up there 50 minutes. I was just trying to not die up there. I’m a baby anyway. I get carsick so I knew I was going to get sick up there.”
Hawk said he stayed up until around 3 a.m. before the flight watching “Top Gun” to purposely recite lines during the flight. Unfortunately, he spent the last 40 minutes mostly trying to keep his lunch down.
The pilot asked Hawk whether he’d like to return with about 10 minutes remaining, but the 30-year-old linebacker rode it out while wearing a GoPro camera and an audio piece. He said he believed the Packers have the flight footage and were putting together a video package.
Hawk was a full participant during Thursday’s OTAs, though he jokingly admitted he didn’t request permission from Packers coach Mike McCarthy to participate in the exercise.
“I probably lost 20 pounds of sweat. I was dying,” Hawk said. “I was fighting. I was struggling. I was rough all night and came back. It was amazing, though.”