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Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Green and The Catch

There seems to be a slight disagreement: A.J. Green said he hasn’t seen replays of his one-handed touchdown catch at Colorado – but he does rate it among his best-ever.

But Green’s teammates and coaches, while saying they’ve watched plenty of replays, say they’ve witnessed better ones from Green.

“That was a routine catch there for him,” quarterback Aaron Murray said. “Usually I expect it to be eyes closed, tip it a couple times and then catch. No that wasn’t a big deal at all.”

OK, Murray was kidding a bit. He said that the night after the game, he and center Ben Jones went to the film room and watched the catch about six times, putting it in slow motion and pausing it.

“I don’t know anyone in the nation that can make that kind of catch,” Murray said.

Fellow receiver Marlon Brown, who was on the field for the play, was also floored.

“I was like, You know what, I’m gonna go inside. I don’t wanna be around this guy right now,” Brown said.

Offensive coordinator Mike Bobo shrugged it off.

“No, we’ve seen it in practice all the time,” he said. “That’s the thing, he makes catches like that all the time, on a routine basis. We’ll throw balls behind him, low, high. He’s just very fluid in how he runs and catches it. Makes it look effortless.”

John McKissick, who was Green’s coach at Summerville, S.C. High School, saw the catch and called it "phenomenal." But not one of Green's best.

“He’d do it all the time here,” McKissick said. “You couldn’t throw him a bad pass.”

As for Green, he claimed on Tuesday that he still hadn’t seen a replay.

“By the time we got home, Sportscenter was off, and I haven’t seen it yet," he said. "I’ll probably YouTube it one day.”

(Psst, A.J., if you're reading this, the link is above.)

Still, despite not having seen it, Green did sound quite proud of it.

“That’s got to be one of the best ones ever,” Green said.

Just one of the best, a reporter asked?

“Yeah, that’s the best one, by far,” Green said.

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