Seven-time Pro Bowl wide receiver A.J. Green retires
Wide receiver A.J. Green has decided to step away from the NFL after 12 years.
The 34-year-old took to social media to announce the decision to retire on Monday.
"Thank you to all who have supported, encouraged and inspired me throughout my career," he wrote on Twitter. "Special thank you to the University of Georgia, Cincinnati Bengals and Arizona Cardinals for the opportunity to pursue my dreams.
"I've stayed true to the game and it owes me nothing. Be blessed.. Love y'all! The next chapter begins."
Green was drafted fourth overall in 2011 by the Bengals and earned his first of seven consecutive Pro Bowl selections that season after leading the team with 65 receptions, 1,057 yards and seven touchdowns.
His best season came in 2013, when he had career highs of 98 receptions for 1,426 yards and 11 TDs.
After 10 seasons with the Bengals, Green signed as a free agent with Arizona, where he spent the final two seasons.
He ranks second all-time in Cincinnati franchise history in career receptions, receiving yards and receiving touchdowns and ends his career with 727 receptions for 10,514 yards and 70 touchdowns in 158 games.