I guess if you had to have an avian last name, "Hawk" is better than just about everything else. Hawks are amazing birds with great hearing skillz and can see eight times better than humans. Speeds of up to 150 miles per hour have been reported when a hawk swoops in for the kill. Fast? Strong? Great senses? Sounds like AJ to me.
What would be the worst bird related last name for a football player? Chickadee? Those little birds are sweet but that certainly wouldn't inspire any fear among an opponent on the football field. Flamino? Pink. Thin. Graceful. Not good for a linebacker. And maybe just because of how it sounds, Dodo would be the worst. Hawk is sounding better by the minute!