Calvin Johnson retired at the end of the 2015 football season, much to the surprise of football fans everywhere. He recently made certain people knew he was not changing his mind.
Calvin Johnson spent his entire nine-year NFL career as a member of the Detroit Lions, the team who made him the second overall selection in the 2007 NFL Draft out of Georgia Tech. An explosive player, Johnson was nicknamed “Megatron”, as he almost seemed to be a machine on the football field.
On March 8 of this year, Johnson announced his retirement from the NFL at only 30-years old. Coming off a year that saw him catch 88 balls for 1214 yards and nine touchdowns, it took a lot of people by shock when he said he would not be returning.
Amazingly, Johnson played in only one playoff game in his career, as he had the unfortunate luck of being on some very bad Detroit Lions teams.
During his last three seasons in the NFL, Johnson had to battle some injuries. In 2013, Johnson went through knee and finger injuries, which included offseason surgery to fix them. He missed three games and was pretty limited in two others with a high ankle sprain in 2014, and last season, he played with an ankle injury for most of the second half of the year.
Speaking at his youth football camp at L’Anse Creuse (MI) High School today, Johnson let everyone know he was not coming back.
The Lions will have a tough time replacing Johnson, though Quarterback Matt Stafford had other opinions.
I think we’re going to do it a little bit differently than we have in the past,” Stafford said on SiriusXM NFL Radio. “Obviously we used to feature Calvin and everybody kinda got theirs after that. It’s gonna be tougher for defenses in a certain way that they don’t know who we’re going to. There’s no guy to key in on. We’re probably just going to spread the ball around a bunch, and a bunch of guys will get a ton of catches and we’re gonna be alright.”
While that seems far-fetched, one thing is for sure, Megatron is gone for good.
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