A.J. Green to attend NFL draft ceremony in New York

Former Georgia wide receiver A.J. Green with his agents Tom Condon (L) and Ben Dogra (R).   (D. Orlando Ledbetter/DLedbetter@ajc.com)

Former Georgia wide receiver A.J. Green with his agents Tom Condon (L) and Ben Dogra (R). (D. Orlando Ledbetter/DLedbetter@ajc.com)

As one of the top NFL draft prospects, A.J. Green, the former Georgia wide receiver, has been invited and will attend the ceremony at Radio City Music Hall in New York.

“It’s getting closer to the draft and I just sent some pictures to my mom of some suits that I bought,” Green told The Atlanta-Journal Constitution on Thursday. “I’m going to New York. I know I’m going to have a great time.”

Green, who left school after his junior season, played 32 games at Georgia, made 166 catches and 2,619 yards and scored 23 touchdowns.

There has been some controversy over whether prospects should attend the league-sanctioned event and shake hands with commissioner Roger Goodell because of the labor dispute with the players.

Green became the 10th player to accept a draft invite, joining UCLA linebacker Akeem Ayers, Iowa defensive end Adrian Clayborn, Alabama wide receiver Julio Jones, Purdue defensive end Ryan Kerrigan, Illinois defensive tackle Corey Liuget, Texas A&M linebacker Von Miller, LSU cornerback Patrick Peterson and Southern California’s offensive tackle Tyron Smith.

The draft is set for April 28-30.

–D. Orlando Ledbetter, The Atlanta Falcons beat blog

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25 comments Add your comment


April 7th, 2011
6:46 pm

steve, you don’t know what you are talking about. If you can be a top ten pick in the draft it makes no sense to stay and take a chance of getting injured or not having as good of a season and your draft status going down. If i had a child in the same situation I would tell him to leave, his signing bonus will be more then most people will ever make in a lifetime. The agents give the players money once they sign with them btw, then when the check comes they pay back.


April 7th, 2011
8:07 pm

Good luck to him! He will be fun to watch and excel….for a change and he can say pi$$ on the stupid NCAA rules, by selling some of his own property (maybe a jersey)!

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April 8th, 2011
12:50 am

Every other NFL first rounder had the opportunity to stand on that stage and shake the Comish’s hand, how can these current NFL players try to deny this memory for these guys? Of course they should all go. Wear the new suits, put on the hat, celebrate with friends, be on T.V., and walk across that stage. Shame on any NFL player who thinks otherwise. You had your chance now they have theirs.

It Ain't Rocket Science

April 8th, 2011
7:57 am


It is Green. Like the color in envy.


April 8th, 2011
9:23 am


April 8th, 2011
9:24 am

Ah looks like the norm for me. Day late. Dollor short.


April 8th, 2011
9:41 am

I hope the current pros don’t hold it against this kids for enjoying this once in a lifetime opportunity.


April 8th, 2011
10:47 am

In todays world, you are going to offend someone just by waking up….Go for it all AJ and enjoy your life and I hope your talents take you far….would be nice to see you in a Falcon’s jersey…not holding my breath though!


April 8th, 2011
10:48 am

Glad he is going to NY. As others have stated, its a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for him and one that most of us will NEVER have. Neither he nor any of the others invited should be denied something like that.

BTW, DOL, business happily takes me to Jackson, GA Monday. I’ll be sure to hit Fresh AIr BBQ while in town. I’ll be thinkin’ of ya!


April 8th, 2011
11:15 am

as good as place as any. WE DON’T NEED A OPEN AIR STADIUM,that said unless its south flordia ATL will not get a Super bowl, so enjoy the Dome believe me I’ve been to so other stadiums the GA dome is nice if the NFL wants still can host A sUPER BOWL THERE.


April 8th, 2011
11:31 am

I’m so happy for you AJ !!! Enjoy your dream coming true ! thanx 4 being such a classy, humble and damn good Dawg !


April 8th, 2011
11:41 am

Good…I have more respect for him going. Hope he is in top 5… Stop the crap and let’s play ball.

Taxed enough

April 8th, 2011
11:43 am

NO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! to Open air Stadium. If Blanks wants it let him pay for it…..


April 8th, 2011
12:32 pm

Football needs to be played out doors like it was in the day it was started. What you get one super bowl. How many times the braves get rained out ,, snow. maybe ever 10 to 20 yrs. if you never play football i see your point you dont get dirty. If you have played you know that reel grass smell that mud,dirt.misty rain. the snow. God that is FOOTBALL it was played 40Yrs like that the spot seem to grow just a ((lill)). man this word is turning into a big sissy is this what you what your boys growing up to be,,DONT GET DIRTY DONT GET WET. Come on give me a break man Give us FOOTBALL not a SISSY game


April 8th, 2011
12:50 pm

mclovin, weakminded one, I was inferring it would be nice to see such a talented receiver do well in the NFL, whereas, as a Gator I had to hope he had bad games when playing the Gators and also thought he got screwed by the NCAA suspension. (The lowlife player that stoled the credit card was kicked out of UF and also the next school that gave him another chance and will probably end up in a lifetime of trouble with the law like former dogs murderer Terreal Bierra, Quincy Carter, Chris Terry, Montaz Robinson, etc., i.e. every school has some bad apples!)


April 8th, 2011
1:26 pm

Good for you AJ. Attend and enjoy your time on stage.

Falcon Jim

April 8th, 2011
3:28 pm

Hiram’s on here?

Hiram, how ya doin ?

Where did you disappear to last season?

Did you get banned like me?



April 8th, 2011
6:27 pm

hi jim-yep i’m back and it appears my imposter hi-jacker is still here after all this time. thats when you know you matter i suppose. how have you been doin ? fine i hope. you got banned ? why? thats down right socialistic—oooops— i mean down left .


April 10th, 2011
10:17 am

if the nflpa want to pressure someone to stay away from the draft they should talk to all the ex-players that work for ESPN or the NFL Network, they are all former dues paying members.


April 10th, 2011
1:18 pm

HBCU Classics All-Americans 2010


QB Matthew Johnson, Bethune**
QB Stanley Jennings, Albany St**
RB Walter Sanders, St. Augustine
RB DeAngelo Branche, Norfolk St
RB Frank Warren, Grambling
WR Raymond Webber, UAPB
WR Ronnie Childs, Albany St
WR Lennel Elmore, SC State
OL David Mims, VA Union
OL Johnny Culbreath, SC State
OL Mike Mavromichalis, Albany St
OL Natiel Curry, Bethune
OL Josh Harrison, SC State




April 10th, 2011
3:57 pm

gaytors finish last in east this year

No Green

April 10th, 2011
7:07 pm

Give the thug about one year in the NFL before he’s arrested and spends a few years in prison.

The jerk never even got through remedial studies, did he?


April 10th, 2011
9:41 pm

walter matthews

April 14th, 2011
12:39 pm

AJ take the money and run …fast. Most banks will make sure your deposit is correct. You don’t c these schools giving you any xtra money. When you get hurt ,you are used up and dumped like yesterday’s trash. And, if you should happen to want to c a game @ your old college, you will have to buy a ticket.
Take the money and run, get your degree on line. You don’t need remedial courses on line. These guys who write about you, don’t give a Rat’s ass about you and will piss on you if you asked for a dollar.Now you will become a paid slave instead of a none paid slave.Take the money and run…FAST! Lol.