NFL player cuts his famous hair for good cause

A.J. Hawk in a February 1, 2011 file photo (left) and after his haircut. Getty/Twitter

A.J. Hawk in a February 1, 2011 file photo (left) and after his haircut.
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Green Bay Packers player A.J. Hawk is known for three things - his tackling, his sense of humor and his hair.

Make that two things. The NFL linebacker has chopped off his long blond locks in the name of charity. Hawk cut off his hair this weekend and donated it to Wigs for Kids, an organization that provides wigs for children who have lost their hair while undergoing chemotherapy.

"Today is a special day for me as I've decided to cut off my hair and give it to someone who needs it more than I do," Hawk tweeted. "No child should have to feel ashamed of themselves due to a disease. We are hoping to raise enough money and hair donations to change many lives!"

It will be interesting to see if Hawk (who started growing his long locks to honor the late Pat Tillman) can persuade teammate Clay Matthews and his flowing mane to join the cause.

  • Stephen Smith

    Stephen Smith is a senior editor for CBSNews.com

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