Calvin Johnson, aka Megatron, is a no-doubt future Hall of Fame wide receiver who plays for the Detroit Lions. The pro-bowler leaves a legacy on and off the field as a respected great athlete who redefined the wide receiver position. He told the Lions that he plans to retire at the end of the 2015/2016 season based off of a sore, injury-filled body.
Megatron entered the league in 2007 as the overall second pick in the NFL draft. In his career, he had a total of 11,619 receiving yards, while averaging 15.9 yards per catch. Johnson had a total of 83 touchdowns during his career, according to the NFL official website.
Calvin Johnson’s presence is felt throughout the NFL. Baltimore Ravens head coach, John Harbaugh said, “I hope he keeps playing, mainly because we don’t play the Lions next season. It would be a sad day for the NFL if he retires,” reported by Michael Rothstein of ESPN.
Athletes throughout the world adore Calvin Johnson based on his work ethic and gifted natural ability. Johnson is 6’5” and 236 pounds but is still able to complete the 40-yard dash in 4.35 seconds. He uses size, strength, and speed consistently on the field, which makes him one of the best wide receivers of all time.
Ryan Shaw, a Boys’ Latin senior, said, “he was a beast and dropped dankies weekly. [I’m] Surprised and sad he is retiring but respect his decision.”
Megatron’s retirement news came as a surprise to most people. He is only 30 years old, and most reporters thought that he would have a few more years in the league. He decided to retire based on his sore body and lingering injuries.
Randy Moss, another famous wide receiver, retired at the age of 35. Jerry Rice said, “Calvin Johnson is retiring at the age I entered my prime,” reported Steve DelVecchio.
As more and more news comes out about the detriments that NFL players feel post-retirement, this could be a possible trend that sports analysts see with NFL players. Johnson can support himself and his family comfortably for the rest of his life, and with an already sore and beaten body, why would he continue to play?
He already is a guaranteed Hall-of-Famer, so is a Super Bowl ring, self-pride, or anything else worth any permanent damage that many NFL players feel after retirement?