Adriel Jeremiah "A.J." Green is an American football wide receiver for the Cincinnati Bengals of the National Football League (NFL). Here are 30 surprising facts about the football professional:
Green, a Cincinnati wide receiver is a fierce playmaker who shrugs off praise. He is considered as the best all-round receiver in the National Football League.
He was born on July 31, 1988 in Summerville, South Carolina to Woodrow and Dora Green. His father was steel worker and his mother a clerk at Wal-Mart.
When Green was five years old he lost his older brother Avionce, in a car wreck on the way to school carnival, which he survived.
Green attended Summerville High School, where he was good at athletic, basketball and football. Even as second grade he was good at juggling and was a part of elementary school’s juggling team.
He was part of school Track & Field team as long jumper and triple jumper. He has to his credit 19 ft. 6 in in long jump and 40 ft. in triple jump.
He was also part of school basketball team which won the 2007-2008 South Carolina state championship.
In June 2006, Sports Illustrated profiled Green as part of its “Where Will They Be?” stories documenting potential athlete with great future.
Green is not as gifted in classroom as he is on the football field. He had difficulty with reading comprehension. The guidance of director Pat Oliver, who was his tutor and mentor was God sent according to him.
As a wide receiver of his school football team he was considered to be one of the top national prospects in 2008 and was ranked No. 1 by Sports Illustrated.
In 2006 he was named in the USA Today All-American first team and was also selected as a member of the Rivals.com junior All-America team.
Green ranks second in all-time career receiving record with 5,373 in the National Federation of High Schools.
He participated in the ‘Under Armour All-America Game’ on January 05, 2008, to spotlight the nation’s top high school seniors.
In 2008, he joined University of Georgia honoring his verbal commitment way back in 2006. He grew up a Georgia fan and was most comfortable there.
In 2008 season he set Georgia School record for freshman with 56 catches for 963 yards and 8 touchdowns. He was named ‘Freshman of the Year’ by the SEC coaches.
Green was suspended for four games at the beginning of the 2010 season for selling his 2009 Independence Bowl jersey for $ 1000. He was made to repay the amount to charity.
He was picked in the first round during the 2011 NFL Draft, as fourth overall picks by Cincinnati Bengals. He signed a four years contract worth $ 19.6 million on July 28, 2011.
As a freshman with Cincinnati Bengals, he became a member of School of Legends in 2011 and featured in the NFLPA Rookie Debut ‘One Team.’
His native Summerville, S.C., is known to have been the origin for several famous NFL players including former Chicago Bears and Dallas Cowboys tight end Keith Jennings and former Bengals running back Stanford Jennings.
His inaugural season in NFL was personally satisfying as he led all NFL rookies in reception and receiving yards. He caught 65 passes and his 1057 yards in 15 games is a franchise record surpassing Cris Collinsworth’s 1009 yards set in 1981.
In his very first season in NFL he made the 2012 Pro Bowl, to become the first rookie receiver to make a Pro Bowl appearance.
In 2012, he recorded 100 plus receiving yards in five different games. He was selected to his second successive Pro Bowl in his second year of the league to make it two out of two.
Green bettered his personal best in 2013 season with 98 receptions and 1,426 receiving yards and six 100 plus yards games.
On September 14, 2014, in a game against Atlanta Falcons, Green injured his toe to, sit out reminder of the game. This was first game without any reception. The injury was aggravated and he missed his post season matches.
After 2015 season, he was ranked 16th on the NFL Top 100 players of 2016 and he made it his fifth straight Pro Bowl.
During the season he set his personal and second highest single game total in franchise history with 227 yards.
On November 20, 2016, in a game against Buffalo Bills, Green sustained a tear in his hamstring and was out of action for reminder of the season.
Green made it the 2017 Pro Bowl list for his sixth in six seasons despite being inactive for five games.
Green married his longtime girlfriend Miranda Broke, a singer in making on March 21, 2015. The couples have a son Easton Ace Green born on September 21, 2016.
As of 2016 season Green has to his credit, career total of 481 catching passes for 7,135 yards with 49 touchdowns.
He has finished top-nine as receiver in PPR during three of the past five seasons, but has missed a total of nine games due to injury over the past three seasons.