Arguably one of the best wide receivers in the NFL, Detroit Lion Calvin Johnson is hanging up his cleats for good.
In a statement released by the Lions on Tuesday, Johnson, 30, admits the decision to retire wasn’t easy, saying, “After much prayer, thought and discussion with loved ones, I have made the difficult decision to retire from the Lions and pro football. I have played my last game of football. Let me assure you that this was not an easy or hasty decision. As I stated, I, along with those closest to me, have put a lot of time, deliberation and prayer into this decision and I truly am at peace with it.”
Nicknamed Megatron for his huge hands that reminded teammates of a Decepticon, Johnson enjoyed an amazing 9-year career, during which he completely annihilated every franchise record. While Johnson flourished, the Lions couldn’t seem to get the right pieces around him; the team made two playoff appearances, but lost both games.
Debates began at the end of the regular season as to whether the three-time All-Pro selection would be cut or retire due to his $24 million cap hit. Though Johnson suffered many injuries over the past five seasons, he still put numbers on the board and will be sorely missed on the field.
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