97.1 The Fan is adding some firepower to help its weekday talk shows. The radio station has struck a deal with former Ohio State Buckeyes linebackers A.J. Hawk and James Laurinaitis to appear weekly during the NFL off-season.
As part of the arrangement, Hawk will visit with midday host Anthony Rothman every Monday for “Off-Season with AJ Hawk” starting May 8th. The show will air from 12p-1p and focus on the Buckeyes, NFL, and other hot sports topics and opinion. Hawk will remain involved as a weekly contributor when the NFL regular season rolls around, moving to Friday’s and joining Rothman and his former Buckeyes teammate Bobby Carpenter.
During his football career, Hawk has been a Lombardi Award winner, a two-time All-American, and Super Bowl Champion with the Green Bay Packers. He played his college ball at OSU and in 51 games, had 394 tackles, 15 ½ sacks, seven interceptions, and 13 fumbles recovered. He was part of the Buckeyes national championship team in 2002.
In addition, The Fan is in the process of completing details for James Laurinaitis’ weekly appearance. The recently retired linebacker spent 8 seasons in the NFL, recording 743 tackles, 15.5 sacks and 9 interceptions while playing for the St. Louis Rams and New Orleans Saints.