Well, although this announcement is certainly no shocker, until it came there was always that small flickering flame of hope that A.J. might stay for his senior year. That small flame, albeit small, just got blown out. A.J. Green has officially announced his eligibility for the NFL draft January 09, 2011. A. J. was quoted as saying “While it was a difficult decision, it came down to the opportunity of pursuing a dream I’ve had since early childhood,” Green said in a statement. “But Georgia is a great place and I’m so appreciative of the opportunity to be a Georgia Bulldog. I want to thank the coaches, my teammates and the fans who have supported me and helped me grow not only as a player but as a man.”
The bottom line is that with the current set of rules and standards in effect by the NCAA and NFL, which allow these players to take a free ride on education from their respective schools and then quit the teams to make “big bucks” in the Pros, without finishing school and getting their degree, you simply cannot blame him. You and I would do the same damn thing!
The positive note is that in addition to being an incredible athlete, A.J. Green has been nothing but a “class act” his entire Dawg career. That is certainly rare today with the “new generation” of players. I do not consider that situation whereby he sold a bowl jersey and the NCAA suspended him 4 games to be any kind of blemish on his record whatsoever. The fact is that the NCAA has become a hypocritical, crooked, power hungry monster, that one day, sooner or later, the federal court system will bust wide open. Needless to say, there is not much parity involved when you suspend a kid for four games and make a big deal about him selling his own jersey, and turn around and have no penalty leveled for a player whose father was trying to auction him off to the highest bidding University (starting at $180,000) with a finding that “he did not know what his father was doing.” Yup, we all know the BULLSHIT TEST. If it smells like BULLSHIT, if it looks like BULLSHIT, it is BULLSHIT.
The only stumbling block to keep A.J. from being the first overall draft pick was Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck, and he announced this week that he is returning to Stanford for his senior year. So, A.J., although we in the Dawg Nation will miss you dearly, as well as your 23 touchdowns and 166 receptions in 32 games, you made the right choice. (source of all above information: ajc.com)
A.J. Green, Thanks for the memories!
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