AJ Green, a seven-time NFL Pro Bowl selection, announced his retirement on Monday.
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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.
Never forget when A.J. Green made this juggling Hail Mary catch 🔥 (Oct. 23, 2016) pic.twitter.com/aRKeN12vt2
— NFL Legacy (@NFLLegacy) February 6, 2023
10,514 career yards
2nd in @Bengals all-time receiving yards and TDs
7x Pro Bowler
What a career, AJ 👏 pic.twitter.com/a4dK8Ceqsp
— NFL (@NFL) February 6, 2023
— Arizona Cardinals (@AZCardinals) February 6, 2023
WRs with 10,000+ receiving yards and 70+ recieving TDs since 2010
A.J. GREEN pic.twitter.com/rAgHJbAAZu
— NFL on CBS 🏈 (@NFLonCBS) February 6, 2023
AJ Green enrolled at Georgia as a 5-star recruit in 2008.
Three years later, Green became the highest drafted Georgia WR going 4th overall to the Cincinnati Bengals.
727 receptions, 10,514 yards, 70 TD, and 7 Pro Bowls later, Green has called it a career.
One for the books 🔥 pic.twitter.com/FOvhzgwOFF
— NFL Rookie Watch (@NFLRookieWatxh) February 6, 2023
AJ Green. Future Bengals Ring of Honor member.
— Blake Jewell (@BlakeJewellNFL) February 6, 2023