The NFL Wild Card round took place last week, as four former Hawkeyes tried to advance to the Divisional Round.
Trying to help his team get back to the Super Bowl, Adrian Clayborn recorded a tackle for loss and a quarterback hit in Atlanta's 26-13 win over the Los Angeles Rams.
However, the biggest news regarding Clayborn was his article on The Players' Tribune earlier in the week, It's Good to Be Back. He talked about the loss of his older brother when he was growing up, living with Erb's palsay and how being a Hawkeye helped persuade him to return for the 2017 season after suffering another season-ending injury during the playoffs last year.
Actually, I gotta give a shout-out to everybody back at the University of Iowa right here. When I was back in college in Iowa City, the coaches and the staff really taught me about hard work and discipline. I know it’s cliché, but the things I learned there have always helped me keep my head down and keep working hard to push through injuries. That’s what the Iowa program is all about: hard work.
And I thought a lot about all that once that brace came off my arm. Because of that Iowa mentality — along with a lot of prayer and talks with my wife, Shannon, and just reflecting — I decided that it wasn’t time for me to hang it up just yet. I had to try to come back.
Clayborn's efforts helped eliminate the Rams and Austin Blythe, who didn't play. He ends the season having played in eight games and 197 offensive snaps for the Rams. He also played on 94 special teams snaps.
Micah Hyde was named a Second Team All-Pro prior to the playoff game with the Jaguars last weekend.
Congrats to Micah Hyde, just named a 2017 AP Second Team All-Pro!
— Buffalo Bills (@buffalobills) January 5, 2018
He had four tackles in the Buffalo Bills' low-scoring loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars, 10-3. Just like Clayborn, the most noteworthy tidbit about Hyde came off-the-field. After suffering an injury in the third quarter, Hyde had to leave the game and go to the locker room. A Jaguars' fan was talking trash to him as he walked to the locker room, so Hyde squirted him with water.
Fan was talking junk to Micah Hyde. They got sprayed with water. pic.twitter.com/GVQK53shKf
— Sports Illustrated (@SInow) January 7, 2018
Despite the loss, Hyde showed his appreciation to #BillsMafia after the game. He finished the season with career-highs in tackles (82), pass deflections (13) and interceptions (5).
I love yall #BillsMafia.. You guys are amazing. Thank you for this season!
— Micah Hyde (@micah_hyde) January 8, 2018
Karl Klug didn't record any stats in Tennessee's comeback win over the Kansas City Chiefs, but he still played 12 defensive snaps.
Cole Croston and the New England Patriots had a bye week, but he couldn't escape the blizzard which hit Massachusetts.
— Ian Steele (@IanSteeleABC6) January 4, 2018
Hawks in the NFL Playoffs
Adrian Clayborn (Falcons) @ Philadelphia Eagles
Karl Klug (Titans) @ Cole Croston (Patriots)
Riley Reiff and Jaleel Johnson (Vikings) vs. New Orleans Saints
Thanking the Fans
Christian Kirksey didn't appreciate the fans throwing an 0-16 parade in Cleveland, but he's not going to give up on The Process, yet.
Parade? Smh really? Im still rocking with the city and will continue to work my butt off to bring what the city what it deserves, but a parade?....Just keep putting in work, I mean they crucified Jesus and he rose in 3 days and shocked the world.....Browns for life!
— Christian Kirksey (@Kirksey) January 7, 2018
Cleveland you deserve more. I know. We just have to stick together. Cleveland against the world. Just keep believing. We are family! Trust the process. We gon shock the world.
— Christian Kirksey (@Kirksey) January 7, 2018
Some of Iowa's rookies went on Twitter as their first NFL season concluded.
— San Francisco 49ers (@49ers) January 1, 2018
It was an exciting year and glad to be apart of this organization! #Chargers
— Desmond E. King II (@blaqbadger14) January 1, 2018
Even some of the veterans got in on the action, too.
TOUGH season. Not how we wanted it to end but I'm extremely proud of how my brothers kept fighting no matter what adversity we faced! Thank you all for the support! Have a blessed and Happy New Year!! #GoPackGo pic.twitter.com/eWeXj10UMx
— Mike Daniels (@Mike_Daniels76) January 1, 2018
Woke up hurt and disappointed
But it's motivation to work harder and smarter this off-season and come back with what we want, and the same goals in mind. I appreciate the #RavensFlock this year.
— Carl Davis (@Trenchwork94) January 1, 2018
A few former Hawkeye players have also signed futures contracts with NFL teams:
So far, two former Iowa players are signed to two NFL futures contracts: Henry Krieger-Coble (LA Rams), Marshall Koehn (NY Giants)
— Scott Dochterman (@ScottDochterman) January 9, 2018