With Future Uncertain, Cincinnati Bengals Star AJ Green Thank you Cincinnati

CINCINNATI – The Bengals have three more games to play this season, but seven-time Pro Bowl wide receiver AJ Green may have just said goodbye.

The 32-year-old starred in the Bengals’ weekly Behind the Stripes segment, which featured a player in the spotlight. Joe Burrow, Jessie Bates, Giovani Bernard and Tee Higgins are just a few other players who have been highlighted on Behind the Stripes this season.

Green discussed his career, achievements, and the reality that he could play his last three games as a member of the Bengals Organization.

“You gave me the opportunity to play the game I love,” said Green at the end of the feature. “This could be my last year or I could come back for more years.” We just don’t know, so I just want to say thank you. Cincinnati will always be home. “

Green reflected on his 10 seasons with the team that picked him for their fourth overall win in the 2011 NFL Draft.

“I wanted to be great, this is from day one,” he said. “All I’ve done in my life is always to want to be the best in everything I do. I want to be the best husband, the best father, the best recipient. I love the way I play, I’ve gotten better and the struggle against all these adversities over the past two years says a lot, but I wouldn’t have it any other way.

“My job is to practice hard and get the best film on tape. My game isn’t always built for speed, it’s just my craft where I can run routes and get my breaks on and off as a big guy is keeping me at a constant level for a long time. “

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Green is just one touchdown away (65) to sign Chad Johnson for the most touchdown receptions (66) in Bengal history.

He has something much bigger in his sights.

“I’ve put so much work into myself. My goal has always been to get into the Hall of Fame, “said Green.” I always wanted at least eight seasons of 1,000 yards, at least 13,000 yards and 90 touchdowns, or even 100 touchdowns. I hope I am in this conversation. “

Green has compiled 9,326 career opportunities over 10 seasons. He had six 1000 yard seasons. Playing with a young star like Joe Burrow was supposed to widen his window of domination, but the two were never thrilled with Zac Taylor’s offense.

The Bengals franchise marked Green ahead of the season. He will be a free agent in March.

The writing is on the wall. His time in Cincinnati may be coming to an end.

“I love my time here. Who knows what’s going to happen? I’ll be ready for anything and excited to play football again, here or elsewhere,” said Green on Sunday. “I’m still a great recipient. My role won’t change no matter where I am. Whatever happens here, I can still play at a high level. I’m not worried about falling into a role now.” My job is to go out there and win one-on-one and play whenever it is called. “

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