One of the best wide receivers in Cincinnati Bengals history, A.J. Green, has announced his retirement from the NFL after a twelve-year career that consisted of two All-Pro selections and seven Pro Bowl selections.
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Green spent the first ten seasons of his successful NFL journey with the Bengals and made lots of history. He is currently second all-time in receiving yards, receptions, and touchdowns in Bengals history, trailing only legendary wideout Chad Ochocinco.
Green and former Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton were quite the tandem in Cincy for many years, including breaking the NFL record for most yards and receptions by a rookie quarterback/wide receiver duo. The duo would lead the Bengals to five consecutive playoff appearances to begin their careers.
Green and Dalton’s time would end simultaneously as both players would move on to different teams after the 2020 season as the Bengals were ready to start a rebuild after not succeeding in the playoffs for many years.
Green would join the Arizona Cardinals in 2021 to play alongside many talented wideouts, such as DeAndre Hopkins and Christian Kirk. The Cardinals would start the 2021 season on a seven-game winning streak as the addition of Green on offense, was very much paying off. However, the Cardinals successful regular season would not carry over to the playoffs as the team was eliminated in the Wild Card round by the eventual Super Bowl Champions, the Los Angeles Rams.
After that season, Green agreed to another one-year contract with the Cards, but unfortunately, many injuries plagued his final season in the NFL. Green would finish his brief Cardinals tenure with 78 catches, 1,084 yards, and five touchdowns.
Now to get away from the numbers, what made Green stand out amongst the others was his ability to succeed in fifty balls as Green was always known for being the type of wideout that would end up with the ball when tightly covered, thanks to his catching ability along with his ability to perfectly time when to jump up to catch the ball.
Overall, A.J. Green had a successful career and was a joy to watch for many years.
Prime AJ Green was an animal
Congrats on a fantastic careerpic.twitter.com/vBnk4wGSMs
— Barstool Sports (@barstoolsports) February 6, 2023
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