Detroit Lions receiver Calvin Johnson has clearly decided he’s sick of this shit and retired.
And by “this shit” we of course mean losing.
Such is the life of the individual tasked with carrying the mantle for the Detroit Lions. Like Barry Sanders before him, the only guy in a Lions’ uniform to scare anyone since Barry Sanders retired early.
Sanders got sick of losing in Detroit and hung it up after 10 seasons, with the all-time rushing title easily within reach. Johnson is calling it quits after nine seasons.
He’s coming off a season of 88 receptions, 1,214 yards and nine touchdowns. Although he’s no longer in his prime, Johnson clearly had more to give if he wanted to give it.
In his nine-year career, Johnson made six Pro Bowls, was a three-time first-team All Pro and set all of the Lions’ receiving records. Megatron also owns the league record for most receiving yards in a season with 1,964 in 2012. He owns the highest per game receiving yards average (86.1) and is tied for the most 200-yard games in league history (5).
Like Sanders, we regret that Johnson’s talents were wasted in Detroit.
There will be no comeback. Johnson filed is retirement papers today.