Bengals Legend Announces Retirement From NFL

Tyler Maher
A Cincinnati Bengals legend is retiring from the NFL.
A Cincinnati Bengals legend is retiring from the NFL. / ASSOCIATED PRESS

For the second time in less than a week, a legendary player is retiring from the NFL.

While Tom Brady is in a class by himself, the NFL will also miss stud receiver A.J. Green, who announced his retirement on Monday.

A.J. Green Retire

Green, 34, is calling it a career after 11 NFL seasons. He spent the first nine of those years with the Cincinnati Bengals before finishing out his career with the Arizona Cardinals.

Though injuries and age got to him in his later years, Green was one of the best wide receivers in the NFL during his heyday with Cincinnati. After going fourth overall in the 2011 NFL Draft, Green debuted with a bang, earning the first of seven straight Pro Bowl selections and topping 1,000 receiving yards for the first of six times.

Green was a machine and a true alpha WR1 in the first half of his career, but wasn't quite the same player after turning 30. Age and injuries robbed him of playing time in his final few years, even causing him to miss the entire 2019 campaign with an ankle injury. He remained productive as a complementary receiver, however, and went out on a high note with an amazing 77-yard touchdown catch against the San Francisco 49ers in the final game of his career.

While he didn't have the good fortune of winning a Super Bowl, Green retires with impressive individual statistics, including over 10,000 receiving yards, more than 700 catches and 70 touchdowns in 158 games played.

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