A.J.’s legacy at UGA: A great player who didn’t go great places (UPDATE: Green Tweets he’s not leaving – at least not yet)

A.J. Green: It's no stretch to say he's the best Georgia receiver ever. (AJ photo by Brant Sanderlin)

It's no stretch to say he's the best Georgia receiver ever. (AJC photo by Brant Sanderlin)

If A.J. Green is indeed gone to the NFL, as two sources close to the Georgia program have told Zach Klein of Channel 2 Action News, he’ll leave a hollow legacy at Georgia. He’s the best-ever Bulldog receiver, and his surpassing has taken Georgia, in chronological order, to the Capital One Bowl, the Independence Bowl and the Liberty Bowl.

Part of this can blamed on circumstance: Green worked with three different starting quarterbacks in his three seasons. Part can be blamed on Green himself: At a time when his team needed him most, he got himself suspended for the silly sin of selling his jersey from a nondescript bowl for $1,000. On cue, the 2010 Bulldogs lost three of the four games he missed, thereby relegating them to yet another nondescript bowl.

There can be no complaints about Green the player. He made big plays, spectacular plays, winning plays. Had he arrived at the beginning of the decade and not its end, he might have been the difference between Georgia coming close to playing for a national championship and actually seizing one. But his first season was 2008, which was the beginning of the slide that has seen the Bulldogs go from 11-2 in 2007 to 6-6 now. He was the right man at the wrong time.

He’ll be a great pro. Of this there’s no doubt. Mel Kiper of ESPN lists him third on his latest Big Board, behind only Andrew Luck of Stanford and Da’Quan Bowers of Clemson. If there’s a difference between Green and Tech’s Calvin Johnson as collegians, it can be measured in Angstrom units. But the great Johnson at least helped lift Tech to an ACC title game in 2006. For all Green’s excellence, Georgia got worse over his time in Athens. Which doesn’t seem fair. But sometimes life just isn’t.

Twitter update: A.J. Green — he’s @ajgreen_uga8 — says he’s not going pro. Or at least not yet.

Tweet at 12:19 a.m. Thursday: “Idk where these ppl got that I’m going pro..this is def not true.”

Tweet at 12:34: “Haven’t even made a decision yet!”

By Mark Bradley

418 comments Add your comment

Steve

December 22nd, 2010
11:48 pm

42-34 - Dawgs STILL Run This State

December 22nd, 2010
11:48 pm

Agreed MB, Green was the best WR in UGA bistory but Dawgs underachieved during his tenure.

Best of luck to AJ in the NFL, he’s gonna be a bigger stud than Julio 4 sure!

dvj125

December 22nd, 2010
11:50 pm

yo mees be da first one in da blog boiiiiii!!!!!!!

dvj125

December 22nd, 2010
11:50 pm

yo i is be da first

dvj125

December 22nd, 2010
11:51 pm

yo steve i know u be bein da jealous one in here

Steve

December 22nd, 2010
11:51 pm

Since I have first out of the way, the guy sold his jersey for money, a clear violation of the rules and he knew it. Too bad he chose to play minor league football instead of going somewhere to get an education and win championships.

dvj125

December 22nd, 2010
11:52 pm

i prefer walt weiss over aj green

dvj125

December 22nd, 2010
11:52 pm

wait what sport r we talking about here?

misterwax

December 22nd, 2010
11:52 pm

no doubt he was an excellent player. I’d like to see him replace Brian Finneran as a spot on the Falcons Roster when Finneran decides to retire.

dvj125

December 22nd, 2010
11:53 pm

steve what u be sayin is illegal ok comprendo?

dvj125

December 22nd, 2010
11:54 pm

damnit when does baseball season start?

Chuck Uga

December 22nd, 2010
11:54 pm

Mark,
Excellent points. Also requires a serious look at WHY he didn’t do much better in his career, not only with wins and losses, but also statistically. To me it speaks volumes about our offensive coaching, in-game strategy and failure to take advantage of his exceptional talent. I think of Larry Fitzgerald, a similar player who broke all kinds of statistical records at Pitt despite having mediocrity all around him. Only conclusion I can come to is a high degree of incompetence with the UGA offensive coaching. Bring on the debate…

dvj125

December 22nd, 2010
11:56 pm

in my humble opinion AJ Green was a very average if not below average mediocre receiver. I mean, I know high school players that could have better options at receiver than green for christs sake

Chuck Uga

December 22nd, 2010
11:57 pm

So Steve, what school are you referring to? Green chose UGA over Clemson and SC. I don’t see any championships at those two schools, and certainly they are not any better academically. Surely you are not referring to Tech(!!!)

Walker

December 22nd, 2010
11:59 pm

Its not his fault, they didnt have a defense his whole career!!!

dvj125

December 22nd, 2010
11:59 pm

Chuck stop trying to be a smarty we all know you used to be the big stud football player in college

RammerJammer84

December 23rd, 2010
12:00 am

Listen here Leghumper, any of the NFL scouts will tell you that Julio will be a MUCH better NFL player than A.J. Greene. Julio is a more physical, a better blocker, and makes more one handed catches.

Plus he’s got a Nat’y championship to boot.

RTR

dvj125

December 23rd, 2010
12:00 am

hey walker u aint larry so stop trying to be the professor on every subject

dvj125

December 23rd, 2010
12:00 am

ahh booooooo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

dvj125

December 23rd, 2010
12:01 am

Hey Mark, who would take: Wally Joyner in his prime or AJ Green? I personally prefer the former.

Jamaica Dawg

December 23rd, 2010
12:04 am

AJ, say it isn’t so. Dawgnation needs you back next year – cement your legacy, be the next Herschel, you’ve got plenty of NFL years ahead of you- make up for the Jersey debacle, you owe it to yourself and to your team. There is much more to living a complete life than money and your senior year at UGA will be priceless. You know in your heart it is what you really want to do, don’t sell out for the money, you won’t regret it!!

R-Dawg

December 23rd, 2010
12:06 am

I quit reading @ Music City Bowl.

stevie zero

December 23rd, 2010
12:06 am

below avg receiver? hilarious. go back to being a complete idiot we’ll miss you

Mark Bradley

December 23rd, 2010
12:06 am

Kudos, Steve

And everything after “first” has befuddled me.

GoldenRod'82

December 23rd, 2010
12:07 am

Calvin Johnson was better than AJ Green could ever dream of being. Georgia Tech owned this state while he was here, prior to being a first round draft pick. UGag has been a failure the past three years.

mrk

December 23rd, 2010
12:07 am

green is anothere fred gibson. great receiver with speed, height, and hands, but he lacks size for for the nfl. he hasn’t done anything to prove he will be a great nfl receiver. best of luck to him, but i don’t think he’ll be around in 3 years.

Thanks for a paper for my puppies to poop on

December 23rd, 2010
12:09 am

Another in a long line of stating the obvious. Thanks for your deep thoughts.

Thanks for a paper for my puppies to poop on

December 23rd, 2010
12:11 am

Mark,
Do you ever think outside the box for your stories? It appears you and your cohorts only objective is to rile up the fanbase at Georgia or the few fans of Georgia Tech. I miss the days of at least being able to laugh at Terrance’s ability to find the racist undertones of anything that happened in the ATL sport scene.

42-34 - Dawgs STILL Run This State

December 23rd, 2010
12:13 am

Hey GoldenRod – the Dawgs beat Calvin “2-Catch” Johnson every time the played. Paul Oliver and Damario Minter shut Calvin down. I’ll give you that 2-Catch is a gifted player, as is AJ.

Also remember when you say UGA has been a failure that 2 out of 3 years the Dawgs still beat you maggots!

William

December 23rd, 2010
12:21 am

Why would anyone stay in college if they are going to be paid millions of dollars to play in the NFL? We all want A.J. to stay one more year but the reality is money talks.

lol bulldawg bradley

December 23rd, 2010
12:22 am

i think you ment the Liberty Bowl not Music City Bowl..lmao

AJ's Twitter Feed

December 23rd, 2010
12:25 am

“Idk where these ppl got that I’m going pro..this is def not true..”

Looks like WSB, AJC and Mark Bradley lied – AGAIN.

AJ Green

December 23rd, 2010
12:26 am

I think your sources need to check their sources:
http://twitter.com/#!/ajgreen_uga8/status/17811003303526400

[...] This post was mentioned on Twitter by Mark Bradley, Adam Wexler and others. Adam Wexler said: there's 10 other players RT @markbradleyajc:A.J. Green's apparently headed to the NFL and his #UGA legacy is an odd one http://bit.ly/ht7SbU [...]

Mark Bradley

December 23rd, 2010
12:33 am

Sorry. Liberty Bowl, not the Music City Bowl.

Billy

December 23rd, 2010
12:36 am

He hurt his team. It would take a lot of character for him to make it up to his team by remaining another year…but that only happens in movies.

5150 P.O.A.D.

December 23rd, 2010
12:37 am

Does this make AJ’s Liberty Bowl Jersey go up in price because it is his last game?

johnny too good

December 23rd, 2010
12:44 am

he should go, his draft stock is high, no reason to really stay at uga

http://www.youtube.com/user/ThatsJohnAnderson

5150 P.O.A.D.

December 23rd, 2010
12:44 am

top 10 drafting teams Bills, Carolina, Dallas, San Fran, Denver, Bengles, Lions, Vikes, Cards, Browns. Best Bets for AJ in this group are the Browns. Man that has got to suck no matter the money.

johnny too good

December 23rd, 2010
12:46 am

i think he shoulda waited til after the bowl game tho

http://www.youtube.com/user/ThatsJohnAnderson

Reid Adair

December 23rd, 2010
12:48 am

“Haven’t even made a decision yet” doesn’t automatically mean not going.

Mark Bradley

December 23rd, 2010
12:50 am

No, it doesn’t, Reid.

Let’s be honest: Does anyone expect him not to go pro?

5150 P.O.A.D.

December 23rd, 2010
12:54 am

AJ is still working hard on the Pre-Business Degree. I am sure he is ready to put in a few more semesters in class over that NFL money. He really knows that he owes the UGA fans 1 more year with 1 more different QB throwing to him(LeMay or Hutson).

TXDawg

December 23rd, 2010
12:54 am

AJ Green lined up opposite Dez Bryant or even in a 3 receiver set with Dez and Miles Austin…..WOW!!
Personally, I’d trade Miles for a chance to get a better QB than Tony Romo.

robertussen

December 23rd, 2010
12:59 am

Another fine project from John Mccissic and the Summerville High School football program. And maybe the best player to come out of there. That says a lot from a school so rich in football history. Here’s something most of you may not know. When Aj played for the Greenwave, he would face rival Ft. Dorchester at least once a year if not twice in the playoffs. They had former Gator and now Bengal DE Carlos Dunlap on one end and Tarheal DE Robert Quinn on the other end, who is also projected to go early in the first round despite his not being able to play this season. It has been a good couple of years for Dorchester district 2. And Mccissic hasn’t retired yet he has now made his record almost impossible to beat. If you didn’t know, he’s the winningest football coach ever at any level.

bitter "hershal walker"

December 23rd, 2010
1:11 am

I could have been a repeat national champ and truely had my best year, the money was always there!!!
the idea of having aaron murry and all the great tallent at UGA, you only get this one chance for collage greatness, then theres plenty of time to spend all that money!!!!
may you be remember like myself, frankie, fran, 1942, 1946, 1980 national champs, raise to the top and cement your place in the history books, go from 6-6 to 14-0
look around my friend you no its possible, what could have been my senior year, merry christmas and a champ year for dogs, PS a early season mag. has rank georgia 19th, in 1979 the dogs came out rank 19th in the preseason, something special in the future dawg fans, lead my friend

All Cupcakes Conference

December 23rd, 2010
1:14 am

“But the great Johnson at least helped lift Tech to an ACC title game in 2006″

My left nard could lift a team to a title game in that conference. Mark, leave this godawful argument to delusional techies.

Supes

December 23rd, 2010
1:20 am

If A.J. Green is most likely to go to the Browns he should stay in school :P

Nah…I actually think that the St. Loius Rams have the biggest need for a number 1 WR who can stretch the field…but they are playing themselves out of the top 10 picks…so unless they trade…and that would be a good place for A.J. Green to go and become an elite NFL WR.

Person who compared Fred Gibson to A.J. Green…are you serious? Probably were joking and stop comparing their collegiate numbers…that means sh*t in the NFL. Fred washed out of several practice squads and eventually out of the NFL, which is why he was getting this degree from UGA (finishing it).

A.J. Green will be a number 1 WR on most NFL teams when he gets drafted (instantly)

Selfishly as a UGA fan, I hope he somehow stays…but it’s just not realistic and makes no financial sense for him to do so.

Ben

December 23rd, 2010
1:22 am

This and the Rex Ryan foot scandal are the slowest news day stories in some time. Sorry Mark.

Seriously though. This Ryan thing is so sad that people give an ounce of crap about.

I mean, really? Dimino? Christ. STOP!!

UGA03main

December 23rd, 2010
1:49 am

Hey Mark. Do you think UGA has any silent commits? If yes, then who?