Former Bengals’ great A.J. Green announces retirement
CINCINNATI (WXIX) - Former Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green announced his retirement Monday.
Green, who played for the Bengals from 2011-2020, announced on his Instagram that it is time for the next chapter of his life.
The Bengals drafted Green No. 4 overall in the 2011 NFL Draft.
Over the course of 10 seasons, one of which he was unable to play due to injury, Green lived up to the hype that came with him out of college.
Green began his NFL career with five consecutive 1,000-yard seasons.
He made the Pro Bowl in each of his first seven seasons. Green was also a second-team All-Pro selection in 2012 and 2013.
The veteran wide receiver accumulated 9,430 yards, 65 touchdowns, and 649 receptions during his time as a Bengal.
Green’s ranks in Bengals’ receiving history (minimum 100 games):
- Receiving yards: 2nd (9,430)
- Receptions: 2nd (649)
- Touchdowns: 2nd (65)
- Receptions per game: 1st (5.1)
- Receiving yards per game: 1st (74.3)
- Games played: 3rd (127)
- 100-yard receiving games: 1st (33)
Forever a Bengals great.— Cincinnati Bengals (@Bengals) February 6, 2023
Congratulations on retirement and one heck of a career, @ajgreen_18 👏 pic.twitter.com/DQvx5d5VWB
After his final season with the Bengals in 2020, Green headed west and signed with the Arizona Cardinals.
He did not leave Cincinnati without thanking the fans who had supported him and wore No. 18 jerseys to Paul Brown Stadium.
“Wow.. my time with the Cincinnati Bengals has come to an end. What an amazing journey it’s been! I’d like to thank the Bengals organization for believing in me and giving me an opportunity to live out my dreams. It was truly an honor to wear those stripes. Thank you to the Brown family. I’m forever grateful.
“To the fans - it’s been 10 incredible years! You’ve been such an inspiration to me. Thank you for the continuous support and motivation. Seeing the stadium filled with fans rocking my jersey each game meant more to me than one can imagine. I was proud to represent y’all! It’s luv for life!
“This community has been so good to my family. THANK YOU for the beautiful memories. Wishing you all the best!”
In his first season with the Cardinals, Green had a resurgence as he tallied 848 receiving yards - his highest total since 2017.
In 2022, Green, at the age of 34, finished what would be his final NFL season with 236 receiving yards.
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