A.J. Green Credit: AP

AJ Green, a seven-time NFL Pro Bowl selection, announced his retirement on Monday.

Green, a former Top 5 pick in the NFL Draft, played 11 seasons in the NFL with the Cincinnati Bengals and Arizona Cardinals. He announced his retirement on social media via his Instagram.


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Green left a message to his fans in the caption of the ‘Thank You’ post. It read:

“I’ve never been a man of many words, so I’ll keep this short. Thank you. Thank you to all who have supported, encouraged, and inspired me throughout my career. Special thank you to the University of Georgia, Cincinnati Bengals, and Arizona Cardinals for the opportunity to pursue my dreams. I’ve stayed true to the game and it owes me nothing. Be blessed.. Love y’all! The next chapter begins…”

In 2011, the Cincinnati Bengals drafted AJ Green with the 4th overall pick. Green had an illustrious career with the Georgia Bulldogs. He ranks 4th all-time in receptions, 3rd all-time in receiving yards, and 2nd all-time in receiving touchdowns at UGA.

He then went on to have an incredible pro football career. Green finished with at least 1,000 receiving yards in his first five seasons in the NFL. In three of his first five seasons, Green recorded double-digit touchdowns: 11 in 2012 and 2013, and 10 in 2015.

Fans selected him to the Pro Bowl seven times, his first seven seasons in the league, in fact. So he was no doubt a fan-favorite.

Green left the game Monday with 10,514 career receiving yards, which puts him 44th on the all-time leaderboard. He recorded 70 career touchdowns and 727 receptions.

The NFL world reacted to Green’s retirement after he let it be known.

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