A.J. Green: The Humble Superstar


January 25, 2013; Ko Olina, HI, USA; AFC wide receiver A.J. Green of the Cincinnati Bengals (18) looks on during practice at AFC media day for the 2013 Pro Bowl at the JW Marriott Ihilani Resort. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

You’d be hard-pressed to find any NFL player who doesn’t consider A.J. Green one of the games’ elite receivers. You’d also have a difficult time finding a more humble player than the All-Pro receiver, as he routinely deflects attention and praise to his teammates and coaches.

The former Georgia Bulldogs great and ESPN RISE National High School Sophomore Football Player of the Year has taken the NFL by storm in his first two seasons in the league. But Green has always done his best to avoid the spotlight, and not let his wealth of achievements at the young age of 24 get to his head, and despite amassing 162 catches for 2,407 yards with 18 touchdowns over the past two seasons, he doesn’t even think he’s reached the “elite” class of receivers yet:

"No. I’m not there yet. This is only my third year, and I have a lot more learning to do. The biggest thing at this position is consistency — to keep getting better each year and don’t regress — and that’s my goal. I’ve been in the league two years so I still have a lot of time. When I get to Year Six, maybe then I can say I’m one of those receivers."

So it comes as no surprise that Green doesn’t believe he’s achieved “superstar” status:

"One thing is I’m not a superstar. I’m just a regular guy who plays football."

With all do respect to Green’s beliefs, he is elite. He is a superstar. And frankly, the NFL and professional sports in general could use more superstars like him.

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