A fifth-year NFL player, Cincinnati’s top 2011 draft pick is recognized among NFL’s elite WRs, selected to Pro Bowl in each of his four seasons played ... But 2014 was his toughest campaign with regard to injuries ... Turf toe caused him to see only brief action in Game 2, miss Games 5-7 and play only sparingly in Game 8 ... He also was limited in Game 15 vs. Denver after suffering an upper-arm bruise, and he suffered a concussion late in fourth quarter in season finale at Pittsburgh, rendering him inactive for Wild Card playoff ... Despite missed time, still led team in receptions (69), receiving yards (1041) and receiving TDs (six) ... Had five 100-yard games, including career-high 224 Dec. 7 vs. Pittsburgh, which stands as second-highest single-game total in franchise history ... Had 77-yard game-winning TD catch in fourth quarter of opener, Sept. 7 at Baltimore ... Career-high 12 catches Nov. 23 at Houston ... Has topped 1000-yard mark in each of his first four seasons, first Bengal to accomplish that.
Career transactions: Selected by Cincinnati in first round of 2011 NFL Draft (fourth overall) ... Signed with Bengals on 7-28-11 ... Bengals exercised the option to extend contract by one year through 2015 on 4-21-14.
Pro Bowl participation: Selected to and has played in four games ... Played for Team Carter in 2014 season contest (no receptions) ... Started for Team Sanders in 2013 season game and had a seven-yard reception ... Voted as a starter for 2012 season game and scored three TDs (one from Peyton Manning and two from Andrew Luck), becoming the seventh player in game history with three or more scores ... Led all receivers in ’12 game in yards (119) and led AFC in catches (seven) ... In 2011 season, had two catches for 42 yards, including 34-yard TD from Ben Roethlisberger ... In ’11 he was first rookie WR voted to Pro Bowl since ’03 season, when Arizona’s Anquan Boldin earned honor, and was first Bengals rookie at any position to make the game in more than 30 years, since WR Cris Collinsworth in 1981.
2014 highlights: Started at WR in 13 games (Games 1-4 and 8-16), and inactive for Games 5-7 (turf toe) and for Wild Card playoff (concussion) ... On Sept. 7 at Baltimore, led all receivers with 131 yards, on six catches, including a game-deciding 77-yard TD catch in fourth quarter, pushing Bengals from 16-15 deficit to 23-16 win ... On the score at Baltimore, made a juggling, on-the-run catch of a ball tipped by Ravens, then made a sharp move to elude defenders for run to the end zone ... Left Sept. 14 game vs. Atlanta with aggravation of turf toe in first quarter ... Caught six-for-102 on Sept. 21 vs. Tennessee, and also forced a 29-yard pass interference call against Titans ... Led team with 81 receiving yards (on five caches) Oct. 5 at New England, with a 17-yard TD ... Returned to starting lineup after turf toe rehab on Nov. 2 vs. Jacksonville, seeing limited action, and caught three-for-44, with an 18-yard TD in fourth quarter ... Caught six-for-127 on Nov. 16 at New Orleans, with a 24-yard TD that iced victory in fourth quarter ... Career-high 12 catches, for 121 yards, on Nov. 23 at Houston, with four of his catches converting third downs ... On Nov. 30 at Tampa Bay, his 13-yard TD in third quarter gave Bengals a 14-13 lead which they would not relinquish ... Had 11 catches for a career-high 224 receiving yards on Dec. 7 vs. Pittsburgh, with an 81-yard TD at end of third quarter, longest reception for a Bengal on the season ... Suffered an upper arm bruise early in first quarter on Dec. 22 vs. Denver, and though not completely sidelined, he played on only 40 of snaps and was targeted only four times, with no receptions ... Led team with eight catches and 82 yards on Dec. 28 at Pittsburgh, but suffered a concussion and lost a fumble late in fourth quarter.
Third and fourth all-time: Green is the only player to rank among the NFL’s top four in both catches and receiving yards for a player’s first four seasons. He has 329 catches, ranked third, and his 4874 yards rank fourth. Green entered 2014 ranked first in NFL history for receptions in a player’s first three seasons, and his yardage total was second-most for an initial three campaigns. But injuries in ’14 limited him to significantly lower totals than he posted in ’12 and ’13. Even so, his 329 catches in seasons 1-4 trails only Anquan Boldin (342) and Larry Fitzgerald (330). In yards for four seasons, his 4874 trails only Randy Moss (5396), Torry Holt (5088) and Jerry Rice (4881).
20 and counting: Green has 20 games of 100 or more receiving yards over his four Bengals seasons. He’s tied with Isaac Curtis (played 12 seasons) for second place in the category. The franchise leader is Chad Johnson at 31. But Johnson played 10 seasons, more than twice as many as Green to date. Green has played 60 career games and has averaged triple figures once in every 3.0 contests.
More records and such: Green topped 100-yard receiving mark in Games 6-10 of 2013, becoming first Bengal to log five straight ... Had six 100-yard receiving games overall in ’13, re-setting club record he had shared ... In 2012, Green became the first player in NFL history to hit the benchmark trifecta of 100 receptions, 1500 receiving yards and 10 TDs in his first 20 NFL games ... In 2013, in his 38th career game, he passed the round numbers of 200 catches, 3000 yards and 20 TDs, joining Hall of Famer Tom Fears as the only players to hit all three marks in their first 38 games. Green’s 38-game totals were 205 catches, 3026 yards and 23 TDs. Fears’ 38-game totals were 224 catches, 3034 yards and 20 TDs ... Green’s 10 receptions from Andy Dalton on 9-18-11 at Denver stand as only time in NFL history for a rookie QB-WR duo to record 10 completions in a game ... In ’12, he had at least one TD in nine straight games (Games 2-10), a Bengals record
Previous seasons: 2011—Led Bengals, and all NFL rookies, in receptions (65) and receiving yards (1057) ... Led Bengals in TDs (seven), and second among rookies in receiving TDs ... Set Bengals rookie record for most receiving yards, passing Cris Collinsworth’s record of 1009, and fell two short of Collinsworth’s rookie receptions record of 67 ... Had 11 receptions of 35 or more yards, tied with Calvin Johnson of Detroit and Victor Cruz of the N.Y. Giants for most in the NFL, and his total was the most by an NFL rookie since 1998 ... In his pro debut on Sept. 11 at Cleveland, Green put Bengals ahead to stay in fourth quarter with 41-yard TD catch from Bruce Gradkowski, a play certified as longest game-winning TD catch in NFL history by a rookie playing in his team’s season opener ... Three-for-110 receiving on Nov. 27 vs. Cleveland, including a 51-yarder to the Cleveland two on a third-and-eight late in the fourth quarter, setting up Mike Nugent’s game-winning FG ... Caught five-for-47 in Wild Card playoff on 1-7-12 at Houston. 2012—Started all 16 games and led team in receptions (97), receiving yards (1350) and TDs (11) ... Was top AFC vote-getter at WR on prestigious Associated Press All-Pro team, earning a second-team berth as his vote total trailed only two NFC players — Detroit’s Calvin Johnson and Chicago’s Brandon Marshall ... Had at least one TD catch in Bengals-record nine straight games (Games 2-10), and in the receiving TDs category, he became only the second player in 48 seasons to score in nine straight games, joining Jerry Rice (NFL-record 10 straight in 1987) ... Named AFC Offensive Player of the Month for September, when in four games he led conference in receptions (27), was second in receiving yards (428) and was tied for most receiving TDs (three) ... Caught nine passes for a career-high 183 yards on Sept. 23 at Washington, including career-long 73-yarder for TD on game’s first scrimmage play, pass thrown out of Wildcat formation by WR Mohamed Sanu ... Logged his first multiple-TD game on Oct. 14 at Cleveland, scoring twice while catching seven-for-135 ... Had season-high 10 catches for 116 yards on Dec. 23 at Pittsburgh, including 21-yarder to Steelers’ 25 with :08 remaining, setting up game-winning FG ... Led team in receptions (five) and receiving yards (80) in Wild Card playoff on 1-5-13 at Houston. 2013—Started Games 1-16 and Wild Card playoff ... Ranked fifth in NFL in receiving yards (1426) and sixth in receptions (98) ... Second-team selection on Associated Press All-Pro team ... His team-leading 1426 receiving yards also led Bengals in scrimmage yards, and he scored 11 TDs for second straight year, leading team for second straight year ... .His 1426 receiving yards total ranks second in Bengals annals, behind only Chad Johnson’s 1440 in 2007 ... On Sept. 8 at Chicago, caught nine-for-162, most receiving yards by a Bengal in a season opener, and he had TDs of two and 45 yards ... Caught six-for-103 with a TD (18 yards) Oct. 13 at Buffalo, including 54-yard gain on a WR screen ... Caught six-for-155 on Oct. 20 at Detroit, including 82-yard TD (longest gain of his of career) on game’s opening drive ... Caught three-for-115, including a pair of 53-yard receptions, on Oct. 27 vs. Jets ... Caught 11-for-128 on Oct. 31 at Miami ... Caught eight-for-151 and a TD Nov. 10 at Baltimore, his TD coming via 51-yard Hail Mary as time expired in fourth quarter, sending game to OT ... Caught seven-for-97 with two TDs Dec. 22 vs. Minnesota, with 29-yard score in first quarter and two-yarder in third quarter on one-handed catch ... Caught four-for-61 with a 53-yard TD Dec. 29 vs. Baltimore ... Caught three-for-34 in Wild Card playoff 1-5-14 vs. San Diego.
College: Played three seasons (2008-10) at Georgia, and was a consensus choice after his junior season as nation’s top WR prospect ... In just 32 career games, he posted the third-most receptions (166) and third-most receiving yards (2619) in Bulldogs history ... His 23 TD catches ranked second in program annals ... Named to Georgia’s Team of the Decade ... Playing in only nine games as a junior, he led team with 57 catches, 848 receiving yards and career-best nine TDs ... Played 10 games a sophomore and led team in catches (53), receiving yards (808) and receiving TDs (six) ... In 2008, his career-best 963 receiving yards helped earn him SEC Freshman of the Year honors, and on special teams, he blocked a FG attempt vs. Arizona State.
Personal: Hometown is Summerville, S.C. ... Attended Summerville High School, where he was a four-time all-state selection by Associated Press ... Was the only prep junior named to USA Today’s 2006 All-USA team ... Also lettered in baseball and track ... Housing major at Georgia, and earned spot on Athletic Director’s academic honor roll ... His initials stand for “Adriel Jeremiah” ... Enjoys playing pool.
Wide receiver A.J. Green has gone to three Pro Bowls managing to stay in-bounds with gravity-defying grace. Now he's talking about stepping out of the box.
Former Bengals cornerback Artrell Hawkins, who played for Dick LeBeau and coached Ike Taylor at a Steelers training camp a few years ago, breaks it down.
Even though A.J. Green turns 25 in two weeks, he's still the kid that never went to a camp of any kind until he was one of the most heavily sought-after recruits in the nation and attended the Nike Georgia camp while he was at Summerville High School in South Carolina.