David Hawthorne has played an important role both on the inside and the outside of the Saints defense since signing with New Orleans as an unrestricted free agent from the Seattle Seahawks in 2012. In his third season with the club, the former Texas Christian standout started all 12 games he appeared in and finished third on the club with 112 tackles (65 solo), three sacks, one interception, six passes defensed and one special teams stop. Overall in his seven-year NFL career, Hawthorne has played in 100 games with 78 starts and has totaled 619 tackles (393 solo), 12 sacks, eight interceptions, one returned for a touchdown, 22 passes defensed, five forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries and 19 special teams tackles.
NFL CAREER – David Hawthorne has played an important role both on the inside and the outside of the Saints defense since signing with New Orleans as an unrestricted free agent from the Seattle Seahawks in 2012. In his third season with the club, the former Texas Christian standout started all 12 games he appeared in and finished third on the club with 112 tackles (65 solo), three sacks, one interception, six passes defensed and one special teams stop. Overall in his seven-year NFL career, Hawthorne has played in 100 games with 78 starts and has totaled 619 tackles (393 solo), 12 sacks, eight interceptions, one returned for a touchdown, 22 passes defensed, five forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries and 19 special teams tackles.
CAREER TRANSACTIONS – Agreed to terms with the New Orleans Saints as an unrestricted free agent from Seattle, 4/3/12; Signed to a one-year contract extension by Seattle, 12/1/10; Re-signed by Seattle to a one-year contract (ERFA), 5/15/10; Signed by Seattle as an undrafted rookie free agent, 4/27/08.
HONORS – 2011: NFC Defensive Player of the Week (Week 13).
2014 – Started all 12 of the games he played in at inside linebacker, missing four contests due to ankle, knee and hand injuries and recorded 112 tackles, three sacks, one interception and six passes defensed, tying a career-high and on special teams stop...In season opener at Atlanta, Sept. 7, finished with 10 stops and three passes defensed to tie a career-high…Returned from missing two games with knee and ankle injuries to finish second on team with 11 stops (five solo) and add one special teams tackles in overtime win vs. Tampa Bay, Oct. 5…Had 11 tackles (seven solo) at Detroit, Oct. 19…Tallied eight tackles and intercepted Aaron Rodgers vs. Green Bay, Oct. 26…Led team with 11 solo tackles at Pittsburgh, Nov. 30…Tallied six tackles and a career-high three sacks at Chicago, Dec. 15. 2013 – Claimed a more significant role alongside Curtis Lofton on the interior of the Saints defense, finishing second on the team to him with a career-high 128 tackles (68 solo), three sacks, one forced fumble and three special teams stops. Helped Saints post one of league’s top defenses in 2013, as they ranked fourth in both opponent net yards per game (305.7) and scoring defense (19.0). Recorded double-digit tackles in four regular season games and one postseason contest. Started both postseason contests and led team with 17 tackles, a pass defensed and a special teams stop…Notched eight tackles (three solo), including one for a loss to open season with a strong performance vs. Atlanta, Sept. 8…Posted six tackles (four solo), sharing a stop for a loss with Lofton at Tampa Bay, Sept. 15…Logged eight tackles (two solo) vs. Miami, Sept. 30…Recorded seven tackles (four solo) with a sack of Jay Cutler at Chicago, Oct. 6…Recorded sacks in back to back games for first time as Saint, dropping Thad Lewis vs. Buffalo, Oct. 27 and Geno Smith at N.Y. Jets, Nov. 3…In a four-game span between Nov. 21-Dec. 15, recorded 42 tackles (17 solo)…In NFC Divisional Playoff at Seattle, 1/11/14, tied for the team lead with a postseason career-high 12 tackles (six solo) and one pass defensed. 2012 – Played in 11 games with 10 starts at both the weakside and strongside linebacker positions for Saints, recording 43 tackles (20 solo) despite missing five contests due to a hamstring injury (weeks 4-9)…Registered season-high seven tackles (three solo) in opener vs. Washington, Sept. 9…Returned from injury to start first game of season at strongside linebacker and tallied five stops (two solo) vs. Atlanta, Nov. 11…Contributed six tackles (three solo) at Oakland, Nov. 18…Earned six tackles vs. San Francisco, Nov. 25…Recorded five stops (season-high four solo) at N.Y. Giants, Dec. 9. 2011 – Played in 15 games with 14 starts at middle linebacker in last season in Seattle. Led Seahawks with 115 tackles (73 solo), two sacks, three interceptions, one returned for a touchdown, six pass breakups and a fumble recovery. Became fifth Seahawk to total at least 100 tackles in three straight seasons…Inactive at San Francisco, Sept. 11, (knee)…Registered nine tackles (six solo) vs. Arizona, Sept. 25…Led the Seahawks defense with 10 tackles (three solo) vs. Atlanta, Oct. 2…Tallied 11 tackles, a sack, an interception and a pass defensed at Cleveland, Oct. 23…Totaled eight tackles (six solo) at Dallas, Nov. 6…Made seven tackles (five solo) and returned an interception 34 yards to Baltimore’s eight-yard line vs. Baltimore, Nov. 13…Registered four tackles (three solo) and recovered a fumble at St. Louis, Nov. 20…Tied for the team-lead with six tackles (three solo) and returned an interception 77 yards for first-career touchdown vs. Philadelphia, Dec. 1, as he was named NFC Defensive Player of the Week…Led the defense with 10 tackles (five solo) vs. St. Louis, Dec. 12…Posted seven tackles (six solo) at Chicago, Dec. 18…Recorded seven tackles (three solo) and a pass defensed vs. San Francisco, Dec. 24…Had season-high 13 tackles (nine solo) and a sack in the finale at Arizona, 1/1/12. 2010 – Started all 16 contests and both postseason games. Finished with team-best 105 tackles (74 solo), one interception, four passes defensed, two forced fumbles, a fumble recovery and two special teams stops. Had 18 tackles (14 solo), one pass defensed and one fumble recovery in playoffs, leading Seattle to the NFC Divisional round…Made nine tackles (six solo) and forced Mike Tolbert to fumble vs. San Diego, Sept. 26…Posted five tackles (four solo) vs. Arizona, Oct. 24…Recorded four tackles (two solo) and one special teams stop at Oakland, Oct. 31…Registered 12 tackles (nine solo) and one fumble recovery vs. N.Y. Giants, Nov. 7…Posted 12 tackles (10 solo), an interception of Drew Brees and one pass defensed at New Orleans, Nov. 21…Registered 12 tackles (seven solo) vs. Kansas City, Nov. 28…Totaled a season-high 14 tackles (11 solo) vs. Carolina, Dec. 5…Had six tackles (five solo) and one force fumble vs. Atlanta, Dec. 19…Tallied eight tackles (five solo) and one special teams stop at Tampa Bay, Dec. 26…Recorded nine tackles (six solo), a recovery of a fumble by Julius Jones and one pass defensed in NFC Wild Card Playoff vs. New Orleans, 1/8/11…Posted nine tackles (eight solo) in NFC Divisional Playoff at Chicago, 1/16/11. 2009 – Started 11 of the 16 games he played in. Finished with 116 tackles (93 solo), four sacks, three interceptions, five passes defensed, two forced fumbles and a fumble recovery…Took over starting duties in middle in week six for injured Lofa Tatupu…Made first career start and had career-high 16 tackles (15 solo) with an interception and a pass defensed vs. Chicago, Sept. 27. Tackle total tied for third-highest in club history…Made five solo tackles, a sack and a forced fumble vs. Arizona, Oct. 18…Posted career-high two sacks in addition to eight tackles (five solo) and a forced fumble at Dallas, Nov. 1…Recorded 11 tackles (10 solo) at Arizona, Nov. 15…Registered 15 tackles (11 solo) at Minnesota, Nov. 22…Tallied seven tackles and a third down sack of Kyle Boller to force a punt at St. Louis, Nov. 29…Posted 10 tackles (six solo) and a fumble recovery at Houston, Dec. 13…Totaled 10 tackles (six solo) vs. Tampa Bay, Dec. 2. 2008 – Appeared in 14 contests as rookie on special teams…Totaled 12 tackles…Posted two stops at N.Y. Giants, Oct. 5…Tallied two tackles at Arizona, Dec. 28.
COLLEGE – Started 38 games, including all but three contests over his last three seasons and posted 186 career tackles…Played as a graduate student in 2007 and finished second on the team, with 84 tackles along with five sacks…Had a total of 43 tackles in 2006…Received a bachelor’s degree in communications and a master’s degree in liberal arts.PERSONAL – Attended Corsicana (Texas) HS, where as a senior, recorded 142 tackles, two forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries, two interceptions and scored three defensive touchdowns…Three-year football letterman and two-year basketball letterman…Earned school’s Head Hunter award on the gridiron and named Mr. Defense in basketball…Born May 14, 1985 in Corsicana, Texas.
David Hawthorne talks with Sean Kelley after the New Orleans Saints' 44-23 win against the Green Bay Packers. Video by Justin Stout. (New Orleans Saints video)
New Orleans Saints linebacker David Hawthorne met with the media Thursday, Oct. 23 following practice. (Alex Restrepo video)
New Orleans Saints linebacker David Hawthorne spoke with reporters Thursday, Oct. 16 about the similarities between the Saints and Lions offenses. (Video by Justin Stout)
David Hawthorne speaks with reporters on Thursday, September 11, 2014. Video by Justin Stout (New Orleans Saints video)