You wouldn’t have to search hard to find why almost all NFL wide receiver aspirants are looking up to A.J. Green. The Bengals No. 18 has remained relevant since he joined the National Football League (NFL) in 2011 and he didn’t waste any time in proving his worth as a wide receiver for the Cincinnati Bengals. A.J made his NFL debut pulling off a 41-yard touchdown catch which was immediately documented in NFL history as the longest game-winning touchdown catch in the first game of a rookie.
Green finished his rookie campaign very green, his stats had him leading the Bengals in touchdowns (7) just as he broke the team’s record for most receiving yards by a rookie. His 65 receptions and 1057 receiving yards were the best among all NFL rookies, A.J. had other fine records that justified the listing of his name for the 2012 Pro Bowl. Since then, he has been consecutively named for the NFL all-star game, season after season from 2011 to 2017. Even in his 2016 campaign whereby a hamstring injury stalled his stats, A.J. Green was ranked 17th on NFL’s Top 100 Players and equally named for Pro Bowl.
A.J. Green’s many highlights and awards date back to his high school days when USA Today named him among its list of High School All-America team, that was in 2007. The next year, A.J. was honored as SEC Freshman of the Year. In that same year and the next (2008 and 2009), he made the First-team All-SEC. That’s not all, in 2009 and 2010, A.J. made the First-team All-America; he equally made the Second-team All-Pro in 2012 and 2013. As of 2017, the 7-times Pro Bowl star’s NFL stats boast of an impressive 14.8 yards per reception, 57 receiving touchdowns, 556 receptions, and 8,213 receiving yards.
From A.J. Green’s biography to his family life and career, here are the facts you should know about the wide receiver.
A.J. Green Biography
It was in Summerville, South Carolina, and on the 31st of July, 1988 that A.J Green was born to his parents, Woodrow and Dora. It is said that his father Woodrow was a truck driver and a steelworker while his mom served Walmart as a clerk. A.J. isn’t the only child of his parents, he had an older brother named Avionce. Sadly, the family lost him in a car crash while he was attending a school carnival.
This chap has always been athletically inclined and his first interest was juggling, right from when he was in elementary school, he was a member of his school’s juggling team. Interestingly, this would later be assumed as one of the factors responsible for his superb eye-hand coordination in American football.
A.J. was a student of Summerville High School where he excelled in the game, basketball, and track and field. He, however, prioritized football. Adriel Jeremiah attained quite a lot during his high school career. Beyond being the only prep junior named among the USA Today’s All-USA team, Associated Press listed him four times in its All-State selection.
When it was time for A.J. to move on from high school, he decided to have his college career with the Bulldogs of the University of Georgia. He blazed for the team for three seasons, beginning in 2008. Finishing his college career with 23 touchdowns and 166 receptions for 2,619 yards, A.J. was regarded as one of the top wide receiver targets for NFL teams.
As such, it wasn’t a surprised the Bengals picked him in the first round of the 2011 NFL Draft, he was the fourth overall selection. He soon inked a four-year deal worth $19.6 million with the team in July 2011. Time flew and in September 2015, he signed a four-year contract extension of $60 million.
Who Is His Wife?
The 6 feet 4 inches tall wide receiver has been a husband to Miranda Brooke, his college sweetheart since 2015. As the Green-Brooke story goes, the two first met on Facebook where they kept up with each other for half a year. They increasingly grew fond of each other and eventually scheduled a meeting that marked their beginning as lovers.
A.J and Miranda became life partners on 21st March 2015. Their union has been blessed with a son they named Easton Ace Green, he was born on 21st September 2016.