By: Lewis Mata
Calvin Johnson is the Detroit Lions’ best wide receiver in franchise history. The six-foot-five inch receiver was drafted number two overall by the Lions in 2007. Within the span of nearly a decade, Johnson, nicknamed “Megatron” by adoring fans, has totaled 11,619 yards on 731 receptions in his 135 games played. His best season came in 2012 when he tallied up a career high 122 receptions for 1,964 yards which was also a career high.
Calvin Johnson has been a man amongst boys while dominating his much smaller opponents throughout his career, but his body seems to be breaking down on him. He has only missed eight games in his entire pro football career and maybe that may be a factor into why he feels his body can’t take anymore. There is no doubt in anyone’s mind that Megatron was the best at his position in his prime, but his early departure from the NFL is a bit shocking.
He has played for the Lions for every season of his illustrious career, yet his talent was still not enough to bring a championship to Detroit. Many Lions fans are hoping that he changes his mind and that this is all just talk, but it seems to many that Johnson has decided to hang it up for good.
Just as the great Barry Sanders departed too early from the NFL after a legendary career with the Lions, Johnson will be retiring without the experience of winning a Superbowl. It seems as if the Lions will never win a Superbowl and their chances may be dropping a bit with Calvin Johnson’s retirement.
Johnson will be leaving behind a career to be proud of regardless of the lack of rings he has won. He has been to six pro bowls and has set many NFL and franchise records. In 2012, he set the NFL record for single-season receiving yards.
He also will retire as the Lions’ leader in receiving yards and touchdowns. He is a two time league receiving yardage leader and a two time league receiving touchdown leader. He is also apart of the 10,000 yard receiving club as well as being the fastest player to ever reach that number. Calvin Johnson has had a career to be proud of and he will retire a legend.