The Detroit Lions are losers.
Something we’ve known for a long time. There was the 0-16 season. The fact they haven’t ever been to a Super Bowl. Their last championship was in the 1950s. Until 2015, they hadn’t won a game in Green Bay since the early 90s. The list goes on.
The team’s best player — next to Barry Sanders, probably of all time — receiver Calvin Johnson abruptly retired following the 2015 season.
A lot of Green Bay Packers fans dreamed of Johnson joining the team after he retired, but that was never going to happen. Aside from the cost, well… the Lions are losers and Johnson said as much this week.
“I mean, I thought about it,” Johnson said, when asked if he thought about changing teams. “Just like in basketball, you know, guys, they create these superteams. But it’s not quite like that in football where I had the freedom just to go.
“I was stuck in my contract with Detroit, and they told me, they would not release my contract, so I would have to come back to them. I didn’t see the chance for them to win a Super Bowl at the time, and for the work I was putting in, it wasn’t worth my time to keep on beating my head against the wall … and not going anywhere.”
Beating my head against the wall.
That’s what it’s like to play for the Detroit Lions.
And just think if the Lions had released him from his contract. Johnson may have signed with a team like the Packers for a low rate just for the chance to achieve the ultimate goal.
But the Lions beat you down. That will probably never change.