Falcons rookie Joe Hawley is saving most of his stacks

Falcons fourth round pick Joe Hawley plays with a mean streak. He will do some car shopping before returning for training camp.

Falcons fourth round pick Joe Hawley plays with a mean streak. He will do some car shopping before returning for training camp.

BIRDLAND – Falcons draft pick Joe Hawley is a simple man.

When the fourth round pick from UNLV signed his contract he received 480 stacks for his bonus money.

(BLOG ASIDE: Urban dictionary: A stack is $1,000 dollars. I found this out when the contractor working on my basement said, “I need at least 2 stacks to get started.” I said, “Hmmmm. What’s a stack?”)

So what’s Hawley going to do with some of stacks?

Hawley probably won't be peeling rubber in his new F-150 in the Flowery Branch parking lot.

Hawley probably won't be peeling rubber in his new F-150 in the Flowery Branch parking lot.

“I’m going to get a new car just because I don’t have one,” Hawley told the AJC’s Ken Sugiura on one of the last days of OTAs. “It’s not going to be anything crazy, probably just a truck or something. I’ve actually been riding with Mike (Johnson), so I need to get a new car in the first place.”

Hawley and the rest of the team’s rookie class is at the NFL Rookie Symposium in San Diego.

Last night, commissioner Roger Goodell spoke to the group. The meetings are designed to the help the rookies make the transition into the NFL. They are warned about groupies, long lost family members looking for handouts and how to manage their new found wealth.

According to a tweet from our buddy Steve Wyche, Cleveland Browns cornerback Joe Haden showed up draped in jewelry looking like Mr. T. He’ll be warned that such behavior could make him a robbery target.

Hawley been checking out  one of those cool F-150 pickup trucks.

“I drove my parents’ car in college so it was never actually mine,” Hawley said. “It’s going to be the first big purchase I’ve ever made with my money.”

With his deal done, Hawley can focus on preparing for training camp. He has to digest the hefty playbook.

“It’s a lot to learn,” Hawley said. “A lot of plays. A lot more pass protection than I’ve ever been used to but the older guys have helped make it a smooth transition. Any questions I have, they really help me out, it hasn’t been too bad. I’m getting there. I’m getting more used to it.”

Hawley, who played center and guard for the Runnin’ Rebels, will be vying for one of the backup interior line spots. Veterans Todd McClure and Brett Romberg have welcomed him the tight knit offensive linemen group.

“They’re both awesome,” Hawley said. “Anything I need they help me out.”

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61 comments Add your comment


June 28th, 2010
7:22 am

Can’t go wrong with an F 150.


June 28th, 2010
7:24 am

Well, what’s he doing with the other 450k? Renting a home? Buying a home? Putting it in a piggy bank? Isn’t the point of the article to explain how he’s saving it?


June 28th, 2010
7:28 am

Hey Joe, better work on making the team, vehicle can wait. You were a reach in the fourth round, should have been signed as a free agent, if i’m wrong and you play well and end up starting one day then i apolize to you. Still, have to have big time talent to play in NFL (not for long). That’s ok as all the picks were reaches except for your driver Mike Johnson.

D. Orlando Ledbetter

June 28th, 2010
7:32 am

Jesse — Just that he’s spending it on truck. He’ll learn what to do with it at the rookie symposium perhaps.

nes – Coming out strong early in the AM. Go get you some coffee and relax.


June 28th, 2010
7:43 am

Sounds as if his truck cost a lot less than Haden’s jewelry and I would bet he will make more in the long run that he will keep than what Haden throws away.

D. Orlando Ledbetter

June 28th, 2010
7:56 am

alanfalcon — Hopefully Haden will pay attention at the symposium and realize the mistake of his ways.

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June 28th, 2010
8:05 am

I like the way this guy sounds. Low-key, willing to listen, knows he has a lot to learn and is ready to learn it. He may have been a reach, but I feel TD and crew did their homework and wouldn’t have taken him in the 4th if they didn’t think he would work for this team. Best of luck, Joe. And thanks, D. Orlando! Even if you didn’t tell us about how he was going to spend or save every penny, it is an interesting tidbit to help us get to know another new Falcon.


June 28th, 2010
8:09 am

Thats good. Keep a low profile, especially if you have been doing so anyway. Top of the morning D-Led.


June 28th, 2010
8:12 am

Nes-MOST of the BEST linemen go in the later rounds, that’s how it goes. Only a chosen few get to go first round, so being chosen in the 4th round as an offensive lineman is not an indicator of how talented you are!
Jesse-he’s not buying a 100,000 dollar sports car, that’s the point of the article. Who in the hell’s going to divulge all their personal information you’re asking about? C’mon MAN!


June 28th, 2010
8:19 am

“Reaches” really only occur in the first and possibly second rounds.

After the third, there really are no “reaches,” as all teams have differing opinions on the 300+ players available to them.

Don’t listen to Kiper and the other “draft experts.” They don’t have to live with their decisions, and are wrong just as often as they are right.

Hawley looks like a good player who will fit our system. He seems like a nice, down-to-earth guy too.



June 28th, 2010
8:21 am

Nice tidbit DOL thanks. I am amased at the attitude of the payers we are dafting and signing; I am also excited for the type of football we will see as a result. I teach young people and I have found that they can only learn from their own experiances because while I can be a positive influence they are not going to heed my advice. I didn´t listen and I have paid dearly. Haden will most likely make the papers on the wrong page if he continues paying the part of Á PLAYER´.


June 28th, 2010
8:27 am


Blue Fender

June 28th, 2010
8:45 am

Joe Haden is like all previous, current, and future FL Gators, full of themselves (i.e., crap).


June 28th, 2010
8:58 am

He looks like the guy from The Hangover!


June 28th, 2010
9:03 am

Jeff Van Note was drafted in what, the 40th round? He had to play semi-pro for a year before he ever made the roster. Give the guy a chance. Hopefully we won’t need to count on him this year.

F-105 Thunderchief

June 28th, 2010
9:03 am

As a 48-year-old, I hope you Mr. Hawley will sock away the majority of his money, so that when he is done playing, he can have security. Believe me, Joe, when you get my age, you’ll be glad.


June 28th, 2010
9:05 am

By the way D-Led, what’s a “tight knight offensive linemen group”?

(*tight knit. Posted before final edit. Had to rush my little alto sax player to band camp. Thanks for ready so closely. –dol)

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June 28th, 2010
9:06 am

Those 480 “stacks” won’t begin to repair his skeleton after he’s done playing.


June 28th, 2010
9:11 am

falconsfans June 28th 8:58 a.m. He look like the guy from The Hangover; GREAT CALL and HILARIOIUS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


June 28th, 2010
9:14 am

Who cares about Joe Haden?

nes@7:28am…….you should explore the possibility, of getting a position as a draft consultant, with the Falcons.

You can fill out an application at your nearest Home Depot.

D. Orlando Ledbetter

June 28th, 2010
9:38 am

Stu — Don’t know what a “tight knight offensive linemen group” is?

Dan-o — I don’t think he knows where every penny is going, just yet.

SirReal — Same to you, Sir!

BJK — It’s called getting the blog up early for all to have something to do before rushing off to band camp and then coming back for the final edits. Guess you weren’t too grateful.


June 28th, 2010
9:41 am

All NFL rookies should have to read “The Millionaire Next Door” prior to signing a contract…
They’d think twice about buying a ton of gold, cars, and massive houses…

D. Orlando Ledbetter

June 28th, 2010
9:43 am

Northside Observer

June 28th, 2010
9:49 am

Let the others call you what they wish but when it’s a over, you wil have a lot more than those milion dollar babies.


June 28th, 2010
9:57 am

Hope Joe Haden doesn’t spend anymore “stacks” on bling for awhile. Otherwise, I pity the fool.


June 28th, 2010
10:05 am

Why are the Falcons wasting their money on this Dimitroff when they could have the increadible Nes!!! With Nes, every pick would be a”value” pick that would go straight to the probowl. Hire nes now!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! we need to go to the Super Bowl.

Don't be Haden

June 28th, 2010
10:08 am

Dear Joe Blow, UF has had a less-than-stellar success rate for 1st rd. draft picks. You’ll be lucky to be as productive as DeAngelo Hall. Diamonds are forever, but your career is not.


June 28th, 2010
10:18 am

@ Ledbetter…
“He’ll be warn that such behavior could make him a robbery target.”
ROTFLMAO!!! Did you actually write that?


June 28th, 2010
10:20 am

RambleOn84 was dead-on (his post waaaay up above). I saw a chart a guy did of correlation between draft pick position and career NFL success. There was a high correlation in the first three rounds, and essentially no correlation after that. Meaning, you have almost the same chance of getting a good player in the 7th round as you do in the 4th. Once you get past the top 150 or so players, there’s just too many “equal” players to pick from.


June 28th, 2010
11:05 am

Wow, “urban dictionary & stacks”…that makes a great post in my book!

D. Orlando Ledbetter

June 28th, 2010
11:07 am

JSS — Ron Dayne was just the latest player in a bling, bling related robbery. There was the Antoine Walker case. Marvin Williams was robbed here in Atlanta. Pro athletes wearing gaudy jewelry have been targets of criminals.


June 28th, 2010
11:57 am

The point was the sentence, not the matter of his chance of being assaulted…
The word structure is He will be “warned” that such “displays” (not behavior) could lead to him becoming a target.

Cousin Eddie

June 28th, 2010
12:14 pm

I’m Joe’s cousin Eddie. He’s good people. Anybody got his cell number?


June 28th, 2010
12:18 pm


Thanks for helping me get through the summer without football. Your post are great, keep up the excellent work. At this pace you will be joining your buddy Wyche on the NFL network. Two unrelated questions. Does lock out look like a real possibility? Everything I am reading as crazy as it would be seems to indicate that it is. Also TO a Falcon? I know, I know he is crazy, but wow what a line up if you put him across from Roddey with Tony at TE. How is Harry comming along in his rehab?Thanks agian for everything you do, best beat writer in football

J dubb

June 28th, 2010
12:33 pm

the grammar police kill me……..i guess you guys never have typos.

Maybe I’m a Homer; but DOL, MB, JS and all the ajc guys are like our home announcers to me. Meaning, who cares if they have a misspelling every once in awhile. It’s like you guys think you’re smarter than everybody else for pointing out every little mistake or typ you can find. As long as they are not giving us misinformation, their blog is supposed to be simply information mixed with a little opinion here and there. (I think?). Now maybe the actual print newspaper should be 99.9 % grammatically accurate; but jeez, coming down on these guys for some of this stupid sh!t ya’ll point out is just plain annoying.

DOL – I for one, prefer these informal blogs to the newspaper anyway. So go ahead and throw in a few glitches once in awhile…..most of us can get your point without having a hissy on here.

Are you planning on a health update for Harry D anytimne soon? Or did I miss it somewhere?



June 28th, 2010
12:34 pm

Do the players get deals straight from the manufacturer since Ford is a sponsor?

J dubb

June 28th, 2010
12:35 pm

Looks like me and Mark are on the same brain wave this morning.

JSS – I threw in that last misspelling just to keep you fired up. HA


June 28th, 2010
12:48 pm


Joe Hawley

June 28th, 2010
1:05 pm

The guy from THE HANGOVER, is named Zach Galifianakis, and he WISHES he looked as good as I do.

D. Orlando Ledbetter

June 28th, 2010
1:25 pm

J dubb — THERE ISN’T going to be a Harry Douglas update until he’s done rehabbing. Last time we saw him, he looked good rehabbing. Until he gets cleared medically, which will likely be just before training camp. Nothing really shaking right now. THANKS for the support. I’m not worried about the nit-pickers.

D. Orlando Ledbetter

June 28th, 2010
1:28 pm

JMar — Some of them do. But, generally, not the backup linemen


June 28th, 2010
1:46 pm


Every time I see you mugshot on that by-line I think of the song “Bowtie” by Big Boi of Outkast, the legendary southern duo. Have you heard it? If not, you should check it out. It can become your theme music!! j/k

Matty Ice

June 28th, 2010
2:26 pm

LOL at Joe Haden. With that kind of lack of disclipine w/ his money – if he gets injured at all in his career, he will be “bussing tables” in 5 years after pizzing his money away or “his stacks” since we are tryin’ to be “urban” and all…

Joe Hawley

June 28th, 2010
2:54 pm

I hope that I can be as smart as JSS, when I grow up.


June 28th, 2010
2:56 pm

The Informer.

Delbert D.

June 28th, 2010
3:29 pm

Maybe Mr. Hawley will be taking some of Mr. Haden’s bling from him on the field.

Joe Don't Go Squad

June 28th, 2010
3:34 pm


Make sure you sign the guest book on the support page.


June 28th, 2010
3:47 pm

Mr. Hawley is doing the right thing. His uncle named Sam will take at least a third of the money. And don’t talk about the state of Ga.