Arizona Cardinals wide receiver AJ Green has announced that he will retire from the NFL after 12 seasons of playing professional football. Green was the 4th overall selection in the 2011 NFL Draft by the Cincinnati Bengals out of the University of Georgia. He spent ten seasons with the team before playing his final two seasons with the Arizona Cardinals. The veteran wide receiver announced his retirement on Instagram with a special thank you to the Georgia Bulldogs, Cincinnati Bengals, and Arizona Cardinals. His next chapter beyond playing football begins today after a fantastic career comes to an end.
7x Pro Bowl WR A.J. Green announces his retirement after 12 seasons. pic.twitter.com/nrHLJIKKAo
— NFL (@NFL) February 6, 2023
In his 12-year career with the Cincinnati Bengals and Arizona Cardinals, AJ Green caught 727 passes for 10,514 yards and 70 touchdowns on 1,273 targets. He also rushed the ball 11 times for 93 yards and zero rushing touchdowns. Green was also named to the Pro Bowl seven times in his pro football career. Injuries near the end of his career slowed the star wide receiver down, but at his peak, he was one of the best receivers in the NFL for multiple seasons. His next step beyond pro football is unknown, but we here at Def Pen Sports wish him the best in his life beyond the game of football.