Hawks in the NFL: Five Hawks Advance to Divisional Round

By Jeremy Karll on January 9, 2018 at 9:34 am
Farewell to this season, Micah.

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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.

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.

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).

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. 

Hawks in the NFL Playoffs

Saturday

Adrian Clayborn (Falcons) @ Philadelphia Eagles

Karl Klug (Titans) @ Cole Croston (Patriots)

Sunday

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.

A few former Hawkeye players have also signed futures contracts with NFL teams: 

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