Green: No decision yet on NFL draft

ATHENS – With A.J. Green widely projected as a top-five NFL draft pick, Georgia’s Nov. 27 game against Georgia Tech could be the junior wide receiver’s last in Sanford Stadium. And unless Georgia wins to qualify for a bowl, it also could be Green’s last as a Bulldog.

Green said Wednesday that he hasn’t decided whether to enter the 2011 NFL draft and that there will be a lot of factors to consider after Georgia’s season is completed.

On one hand, he mentioned the threat of an NFL lockout and his mother’s desire for him to get his college degree. On the other hand, he mentioned the risk of injury if he returns to school for his senior season.

“I’m not going to make that decision right yet,” he said. In the end, he said, “you’ve got to do what is best for you.”

Note: More to come on this. I’m working on a story about players who will be — or might be — playing their final game in Sanford Stadium next week. Another Georgia junior who has a decision to make regarding the 2011 draft is outside linebacker Justin Houston.

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Saint Simons

November 18th, 2010
2:36 am

(((( 49 – 31 ))))

HAHAHAHAHAHA

UGA owns you tasty bees..

November 18th, 2010
3:05 am

Saint Simons, you act like you were castrated by Uga, get a life, a grip, or a friend..

UGA owns you tasty bees..

November 18th, 2010
3:07 am

This is almost a *staple* of UGA football, stories of who is leaving/staying after their junior seasons. Tech has this happen once a decade, almost as frequent as them winning against the Dawgs. This is every year for UGA. That, my yellow-bellied (not) friends, is a grade that you just can’t curve. Even if you’re a Gwinnet county schoolteacher..

DAWGfanNAfghanistan

November 18th, 2010
3:15 am

“You’ve got to do what is best for you,” said A.J. Green.. Figures…. That is why you were suspended for four games. You put yourself before team. Of the numerous things wrong with the Georgia football program, maybe Green’s quote is the most telling. Team vs Me/I…

Top Row Dawg

November 18th, 2010
3:17 am

Lord knows we need him back, but good luck either way A.J. Represent UGA at the next level and join Champ Bailey in multiple Pro Bowls. Same to you Mr. Houston, any Pro success will be good for recruiting in long run. Just focus on the little Atlanta bugs and make it 9-1 for Coach Richt against GT and 8-2 in bowl games under Mark.

Atomic Dawg 22

November 18th, 2010
3:18 am

A.J. I would love for you stay at my beloved UGA but man come one its best that you leave.You can not risk an injury. You are the best Wide Reciever to ever wear the uniforman at UGA. youve gotta go pro.Regardless of lockout you are getting paid well.

Frank Lane

November 18th, 2010
4:00 am

I think that Green selling his jersey really hurt the team this year, and he should make the announcement now that he is coming back for the team.

Dawg14

November 18th, 2010
4:55 am

Frank, He has put that in much of his consideration for staying. If he does stay that will probably be the main reason. He has admitted to blaming himself for the start and even losing a lot of sleep over it. I am glad to hear he cares for the team that much to even consider. Most shoe ins for the NFL are out a here with hardly any looking back.

German Shepherd Dawg

November 18th, 2010
5:08 am

Saint Simons,

Your comments used to irritate me, but now I feel only pity for you. You obviously must have some deep seated psychological problem that a professional could possibly help — if you need to find pleasure by attempting to cause misery in another human being, there is something very wrong with you. Talk with your pastor, see a school counselor — but please, seek professional help from someone before it’s too late.

I’m being very serious…you need to look in the mirror, long and hard. I just woke up and turned on my PC to see that at 2:30 this morning you had nothing better to do than issue an infantile taunt on a website discussing a football team that you hate. Right after the game? I’d say you were reveling in the moment. At 2:30 am on a Thursday morning and that’s all you have going on in your life, I feel sorry for you.

I could personally care less if “your” team loses, unless they are playing my team. I got over the UGA/AU game about 15 minutes after it ended. Reminding me of the score doesn’t bother me a bit. Your childish “laughter” doesn’t bother me, either. What does bother me is that it’s unimaginative and you’re even doing it at 2:00 am in the middle of the week. That tells me that you need a girlfriend or a psychiatrist. Maybe both.

Red

November 18th, 2010
6:34 am

DawgfanNAfghanistan, let’s see. Green has played his heart out the last three years for Georgia and you don’t consider him a team player? He made a mistake of selling his jersey to someone he thought who was not an agent. Even the NCAA has a vague definition of an agent. So you’d tell me he should stay one more year and risk injury and possibly not ever play in the NFL to keep college fans like you happy?

AltamahaDawg

November 18th, 2010
7:10 am

No need. BuLLdawg says it’s 6 juniors leaving, but the list is highly secretive. To match the devastating losses in the senior class that will ruin next next, whose names are also closely guarded.

Ag Dawg

November 18th, 2010
7:17 am

First Red, UGA is paying for his education, he is suppose to play his heart out. But you are right there are alot of risk playing another season for a free Education,but he could get hurt crossing the street today. UGA should have redshirt him and let him go into the draft without playing for a year ,that would have cost him millions. He still may come back with the likely there be a NFL lockout season next year.

Papadawg

November 18th, 2010
7:17 am

Let me see, a college degree that might get me a job making 6 figures or go pro football in the top 5 and making millions. Dang folks what would you do

cwm

November 18th, 2010
7:27 am

DON’T WANT TO SEE AJ GO EITHER BUT GET A GRIP DAWG FANS IF YOU WERE IN HIS SHOES YOU GUYS WOULD LEAVE TOOOOO!I

MURPHY

November 18th, 2010
7:34 am

I just keep telling myself that it worked out well for the Manning’s and they both stayed their senior years.

jaxdawgfan

November 18th, 2010
7:41 am

So I guess this comes down to how much A.J. loves his mom and respects her advice.

gomdawg

November 18th, 2010
7:43 am

I SEE IT NOW 2 YEARS IN A ROW GEORGIA HEISMAN ‘S AJ 2011 AND A. MURRAY 2012 AND MAYBE A NATIONAL CHAMPION SHIP BACK TO BACK. YOU THE MAN AJ

chiefdawg

November 18th, 2010
7:47 am

He’s GONE!! And who can blame him.

POPS

November 18th, 2010
7:49 am

wont make any difference dawgs have no heart an darn sure no coaching

gomdawg

November 18th, 2010
7:53 am

He could get hurt 1 st year in Pro football then you are out, ask David Pollack. You need that education . And yes i want you to play next year, but without your education you are going no were.

VA DAWG

November 18th, 2010
7:55 am

Would love to see him go against the grain and stay. It would show people its not alaways about money, its about what makes you happy. However, you can’t blame him if decides to leave. Either way AJ will always be a DGD! GO DAWGS!

RomeDawg

November 18th, 2010
7:59 am

Man, I wish he would stay, but I wouldn’t blame him at all for leaving. We would have one heckuva team if would stick around.

getAjob

November 18th, 2010
8:07 am

When I was a junior graphic design major at UGA in 1992, if you would’ve offered me $10 mill for my first job right out of college….degree-be-damned, I wouldn’t have looked back! Isn’t the point of college to prepare you to work?? Congrats, AJ, we appreciate the three years!

DawgFan

November 18th, 2010
8:23 am

AJ should stay, the money will still be there next year. The college years are the best years of your life and the last one is always special. Everyone that worries about injury, it is very, very rare that someone comes back, especially at a reciever postiion and suffers a career ending injury. Justin Houston should stay as well, one more year will improve his draft status greatly….Go Dawgs!

Jalex49

November 18th, 2010
8:26 am

A.J. Green whatever you decide as a Georgia fan, I will be happy for you. I will tell youhowever, to get to see the connection you had with Murray was exciting. I looked forward to it each time you guys played. I also see the influence that you have had on the other receivers, it’ been special . Thanks.

If you go to the NFL, give Atlanta a call first !! Only kidding. If you decide to stay at Georgia, then the university and fans must consider themselves lucky.

Again, thanks and pray on and reflect with your parents to do what’s right for you and your family before making a decision. As for the possibility of an injury, it’s definetly an imposing threat, but it can happen
anywhere. According to history, great leaders have rose above their fears and obtained greatness.

You are at a point in your life where you decide…. May your decision be yours . God bless and best of luck , whether at Georgia or at the next level.

Brian Brohm

November 18th, 2010
8:27 am

DawgFan, your plan didn’t work out so well for me now did it…..??

ALDawg

November 18th, 2010
8:35 am

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ALDawg

November 18th, 2010
8:44 am

AJ and Houston must go. If he stayed, we would still find a way to lose at least two games. AJ/Houston go, then Richt goes.

Saint Simons

November 18th, 2010
8:56 am

Ugaman007

November 18th, 2010
9:07 am

I agree with Jalex 100%. if AJ stays it will hopefully be a memorable year for him, if he goes to the NFL, well just hope he goes to a good team that will utilize him and pays him well. Staticically recievers only last 4 years in the NFL. Good luck to you AJ, in what ever you do in your future…

billyboy

November 18th, 2010
9:21 am

AJ will stay at UGA because they will not play in a bowl this year . . . sure!

Big Dawg

November 18th, 2010
9:23 am

A..J. Threw his team under the bus this season. Selling a jersey. He knew better! It is shameful. Now he has to THINK about whether or not he is going to stay his senior yr. Again throwing his team under the bus!!!!!! Well well well…There is no I in team now is there. A.J. ” Think about the words Loyalty,commitment,Team,” These decisions you make now will stay for the rest of your life”

Big Dawg

November 18th, 2010
9:25 am

As far as Houston is concerned…..Hit the bricks pal….You have not shown up and been a impact in our must win games. You are not a impact player. Close the door on the way out!!

Dawgs Tell

November 18th, 2010
9:51 am

They will all say at the end of the day ” SHOW ME THE MONEY “.See you later A.J. and Houston in the NFL.

Greg

November 18th, 2010
9:56 am

UGA alum here and season ticket holder, but come on. If this was my son, as big a fan of the dawgs as I am, I would tell him to go pro if it looked like he would get drafted in the first 2 rounds. How many of you would be willing to turn down a couple of million dollars to play for 50k a year? Get over him selling his jersey as well. A 20 year old wanted money for spring break and somebody offered him 1k for a jersey. He made a mistake. I am glad I didn’t have a peanut gallery following my every move when I was 20. Some of you act like he walked into your house and slapped your kids around.

NavyDawg

November 18th, 2010
10:02 am

CYA, nice having you. Just think of the money you can get for this next bowl jersey and will not have to sit out any games and can have millions in a follow on contract.

UGA will not keep seniors with talent. Requires a great deal of commitment to make the sacrifices of players like tebow, manning, spikes, locker etc… Murray may be the only ga player I can remember in sometime that demonstrates this level of commitment and passion.

Reality

November 18th, 2010
10:13 am

You people kill me. Seriously if you had a son in AJ’s position what would you tell him. Look deep inside and answer that question HONESTLY, then get off the guy’s case.

He made a mistake. The ONLY difference between any of us and AJ is that he’s under a microscope while in college and most of us weren’t. Seriously think about all the stuff you did in college that COULD have gotten you in trouble if you were a high profile student athlete. (underage drinking, getting hooked up with free food from a friend that works at a local eatery, maybe even a fight while out partying)

He sold a jersey and the NCAA hammered him which is one of the most hypocritical things ever. The NCAA, Nike, the school, distributors, and sporting goods/fan/book stores all collectively have made a ton of money off #8 jerseys that were only made and sold because it was AJ GREEN’s #, and they hammer him for making a few bucks off one jersey. I don’t think even the Mob would be THAT greedy, but it’s always the players who get raw end of the deal.

And please spare me the “he’s getting a free education” garbage. 90,000 people show up 6-7 times a year at $30-50 a head, not to mention all the merchandising, and concession $$$ a scholarship is a drop in the bucket.

They should just take the facade of the student athlete off and offer pay for play and just make it a minor-league for the NFL – that’s what it is now anyway, and then all of the crap like the Cam Newton/Reggie Bush stories go away because everything is above board.

Also, there is a program called PEP (Post-eligibility program) where student athletes who go pro early can return and get their degrees and although it’s a little publicized part of college athletics many high profile athletes have taken advantage of it Shaq, Champ Bailey, Vince Carter, and Herschel Walker just to name a few. So AJ can go cash in his top 5 draft lottery ticket and still come back and finish his degree.

One final note, Dawg fans should hope for an NFL player lockout, it’s the only realistic shot of seeing AJ in Bulldog uniform next season.

gomdawg

November 18th, 2010
10:13 am

Everybody says take the money , what if you get hurt 1st year . without your EDUCATION YOU HAVE A ROUGH TIME . DAVID GREEN GOT HURT BUT HE HAD HIS EDUCATION TO FALL BACK ON. I SAY STAY WIN NC AND HEISMAN WITH MURRAY I SEE 2000 YARDS NEXT YEAR EASY.

RxDawg

November 18th, 2010
10:14 am

Atomic Dawg 22
November 18th, 2010
3:18 am

Couldn’t of said it any better. We will miss you AJ. Despite what some trolls will probably say you were a class act on and off the field.

gomdawg

November 18th, 2010
10:19 am

THERE ARE A LOT OF PLAYER THAT DECIDED TO STAY SENIOR YEAR AND WORKED OUT GREAT. YOU KNOW IN YOUR HEART YOU DO NOT WANT TO LEAVE YOUR TEAM WITH THE WAY THIS SEASON ENDED . ANSWER 1 QUESTION IF I LEAVE THIS YEAR DID I LEAVE HAPPY OR DID I WANT MORE. GOOD LUCK WITH YOUR ANSWER. DAWG FAN LOVE YOU

gomdawg

November 18th, 2010
10:21 am

GO DAWGS BEAT YELLOW JACKETS

Reality

November 18th, 2010
10:29 am

Navy Dawg – It takes a great deal of booster $$$ to keep those players for their senior years. Don’t be fooled many of those players come back for one of two reasons:
1.Their family is well off enough that the pros won’t make or break them anyway and they can afford a hefty Insurance policy against injury that will make them millions either way ie Peyton & Eli Manning
2. There is some under the table compensation. B.Spikes had a brother who was up for capital murder charges and his family hardly had a pot to p*ss in and he turns down MILIONS that his family could use for a defense attorney. Why do you suppose that was?
Gator fans relax, I’m not trying to pick on you it’s just one example of many and it goes on everywhere, and few ever get caught.

Most of the cases of pay for play come up because of “sour-grapes snitching”

Cam Newton’s case has come up because some at Miss St are p*ssed he went to Auburn and realize if he had come to Miss St, they’d be in the position Auburn is in.

Reggie Bush’s story came about when he refused to pay an agent back 300K for money/perks he recieved after he didn’t sign with said agent. The agent was on Real Sports with Bryant G. and even said if Reggie had just paid him the money he spent on him when he signed with another agent no one would have ever known, but he had no choice but to go public because he couldn’t afford to take the hit. Since the story broke he and Bush reached a settlement. Bush could have avoided all the embarrassment to him and USC if he’d just paid the man what he owed.
That’s why USC kicked him to the curb the way they did because if he had just let someone know a booster would have gladly paid the money to make the issue go away.
Everyone really needs to get their head out of the sand!

"Da Real" Damon Evans

November 18th, 2010
10:29 am

He ain’t coming back. for what? if he needed $10000.00 why would he turn down 40 mill guaranteed.

Aj ain’t no country bumpkin.

Money, power, respect = the key to life in America.

Billy Jack DAWG

November 18th, 2010
10:40 am

goodbye aj i don’t blame you

Big G

November 18th, 2010
10:44 am

As a GT fan I must admit that Saint Simons is annoying. Leave it alone and go be productive!

Dap01

November 18th, 2010
10:48 am

He is the best receiver in the NCAA. He should go pro if he wants to. He is suspended for 4 games for $1,000. Cam is rewarded for receiving $200,000.

DawginLex

November 18th, 2010
10:48 am

You people are dumb as hammers if you want him to leave.

For once, I would like for it to be UGA that has a great team returning.
For once, I would like to have a offense and a defense returning that causes fear in our opponents.

Have you looked at our schedule next year?

No LSU
No alabama

SC, MSU are at home.

Bring back AJ and Justin Houston and let’s win some dam games!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Dap01

November 18th, 2010
10:49 am

If he played for Auburn there would not be the financial need to leave school early.

Dap01

November 18th, 2010
10:51 am

You know, the Tech football team are really like “yellow jackets”. They fly around you and aggrevate you, but they rarely actually hurt you.

Time

November 18th, 2010
10:52 am

The AJC should really get rid of these blogs. So much stupidity in these things it boggles the mind.

AJ Green will stay at UGA if there is a lockout. He will leave if there is not. It’s as simple as that.