AJ Green returns to Green Wave field as camp coach

SUMMERVILLE, S.C. (WCIV) -- Soft spoken and humble, AJ Green is no different now than he was on John McKissick Field six years ago.{}

"It's an honor to come back," said the All-Pro NFL receiver. "It's where it all started and to give back it's great. It's been a blessing, a lot of hard work and dedication. I give thanks to God, he gave me a lot of talent to go with."

At his camp this past Saturday, he talks early and often with his coach and mentor John McKissick. If you go through the annals of Summerville High School, there is no doubt, these two are the cornerstones of the program.

"He's still going strong," said Green. "He's a great coach, still alive and doing well and he can do it for a long time."{}

Longevity is the key for Green. In two years he's proven to be among the elite of the NFL, capped with three touchdowns in this year's Pro Bowl. Only time will tell what's next for AJ Green.{}

"Going into my third year, I know the offense. I can play and be free and not worry about things. The goal, keep progressing, getting better each year. The biggest thing, hoping to get some wins and get over the hump for that one playoff game," he said.

To be the best, you need to surround yourself with the best.

Of course AJ played for John McKissick, but his off-season training partner is also pretty good -- "Megatron," Detroit Lions star wide receiver Calvin Johnson.{}

"I'll tell you, the biggest thing I like about AJ, what he's doing off the field to get ready for next year," said Johnson. "We've been training together the past few years, but seeing him training, strengthening himself with us in the off-season program we do at home. After we leave, that gives him plenty of respect but it's going to make him a better player."{}

Green is living by the mantra he passes down to the Green Wave of today.{}

"Keep working. Anything is possible. Keep working hard no matter what people tell you," he said.{}

Of course, remember where you are from as well.