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Is A.J. Green a future Hall of Famer?


Will A.J. Green make it into Canton?

By: Jake Rajala

The Cincinnati Bengals legend A.J. Green is still planning to wreak havoc at 34 years old with the Cincinnati Bengals. Green might have brought agony to Cardinals fans in the Green Bay Packers match-up, but he still had a modest 2021 season (54 receptions, 848 yds). At this point in his career, Green has accumulated 10,278 receiving yards, 68 TDs, and 703 receptions. The fourth overall pick in the 2011 draft has also garnered seven Pro Bowl selections.

With that enunciated, there is a fascinating, pivotal question surrounding the Cardinals WR: Is Green a future Hall of Famer? Well, I’m going to stack up his football resume to HOF-caliber WRs.

I’m going to untwine the legacies of Chris Carter, Andre Reed, and Steve Largent.

Chris Carter’s resume:

  • 13,899 receiving yards
  • 130 receiving touchdowns
  • Eight-time Pro Bowl selection
  • Two-time First-Team All-Pro

Andre Reed’s resume:

  • 13,198 receiving yards
  • 87 receiving touchdowns
  • Seven-time Pro Bowl selection

Steve Largent’s resume:

  • 13,089 receiving yards
  • 100 receiving touchdowns
  • Seven-time Pro Bowl selection
  • First-team All-Pro in 1985

I believe that the career output by Largent and Reed should make Green feel optimistic about his chances of making it into football heaven. Green has the same number of PB selections as Reed and Largent. Although, It should still be noted that Largent does have more receiving touchdowns than Green. I honestly believe that Green would already find his way into Canton if he retired today. I still expect that Green will play for a couple of more reasons and continue to pad his overall receiving yd and receiving TD figures. I don’t foresee him being a first-ballot HOFer, but I expect him (shortly after his first year of eligibility) to be one of the players from the mythical 2011 draft class to garner a gold jacket.

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