Joseph Kelly Hawley (born October 22, 1988) is an American football center for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers of the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted by the Atlanta Falcons with the 117th pick in the fourth round of the 2010 NFL Draft.

 

 

Early years

Hawley attended Esperanza High School in Anaheim, California. He began playing football as a freshman,[7] and in his senior year, was named MVP and Male Athlete of the Year. He was a three-year letter winner and received Prep Star All West Region Honors. He was regarded as a three-star recruit by Rivals.com.[2]

Hawley recorded a school record 48 decleats as the Aztecs racked up an astounding 5,535 yards rushing, 7th most in California history, en route to the Division 1 CIF Championship game in 2005. He played in the Cali-Florida Bowl and the Orange County and LA Shriners All-Star games in 2006. Joe was Sunset League Offensive Lineman of the Year in 2004 and 2005; All-State Underclass, CalHiSports in 2004; All-State, First Team, CalHiSports in 2005; LA Times All-Star, First Team, in 2004 and 2005; All-Orange County, First Team, OC Register in 2004 and 2005; All-CIF Southern Section, All Divisions, First Team in 2005; and, All-CIF Southern Section, Division 1, First Team in 2004 and 2005.

Professional career

Atlanta Falcons

Hawley was drafted in the fourth round of the 2010 NFL Draft by the Atlanta Falcons.[8] On September 7, 2015, he was released by the Falcons.[3]

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

On September 14, 2015, Hawley was signed by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.[4]

On March 15, 2017, Hawley signed a two-year contract with the Buccaneers.[9]