In 2016, he decided to retire from football. It won’t be long until Johnson hears his name called for the Pro Football Hall of Fame. His last season was in 2015, but he wanted to retire a year earlier. Johnson’s father played a key role in his return for the 2015 season.
Calvin Johnson was a standout college player before entering the league
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Before he started his NFL career, Johnson starred in college. He attended Georgia Tech from 2004 to 2006. During his time at Georgia Tech, he put together an impressive career. He appeared in 12 games during his freshman season and had 48 receptions for 837 yards and seven touchdowns. He earned a first-team All-ACC selection and was named ACC Rookie of the Year.
Johnson’s success continued during his sophomore year as he finished with 54 receptions for 888 yards and six touchdowns. He was a first-team All-ACC selection for the second consecutive year. His junior year was his best season at Georgia Tech.
Johnson won the Biletnikoff Award as the best receiver in college football, and he was named the ACC Player of the Year. During his junior year, he finished with 76 receptions for 1,202 yards and 15 touchdowns. He was named an All-American for the second consecutive season. Johnson set numerous records during his time at Georgia Tech. In 2016 he was named to the Georgia Tech Sports Hall of Fame. Two years later, he was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame.
Calvin Johnson made a name for himself in the NFL
It didn’t take long for Johnson to make an impact when he entered the league. The Lions selected him with the No. 2 overall pick in the 2007 NFL draft. During his rookie season, he finished with 48 receptions for 756 yards and four touchdowns. Johnson was named to the PFWA All-Rookie Team after his impressive performance. After his rookie season, Johnson continued to play at a high-level.
In his second season, he led the league in touchdowns with 12 and finished with 78 receptions for 1,331 yards. From 2010 to 2015, Johnson finished with over 1,000 receiving yards. In 2012 he broke the NFL record for receiving yards and finished with 1,964 yards. During his NFL career, Johnson set numerous NFL records and Lions franchise records. Johnson was always in the conversation for top receivers in the league when he was playing. He was a fan favorite in Detroit and across the league.
Calvin Johnson’s father told him to play another season in the league
Recently, Johnson appeared on the ‘All The Smoke’ podcast, hosted by Matt Barnes and Stephen Jackson. During the episode, Johnson talked about various things and even expounded on the fact that he wanted to retire a year earlier than he did. It was his father who convinced him to play one more season.
“I was like, ‘Man, dad, I’m done. I can’t do it no more,” Johnson said during the interview. “They’re blowing up the team. My body is aching. I don’t have my range of motion like I use to. I can’t get out, I can’t dig like I used to. I just don’t feel it. I just don’t have the love for it because I was just always hurting. I just don’t have it.” Johnson’s father did not say a lot to convince him to play another year.
“He looked at me and was like,’ You think you can do it one more time?’ Johnson said. “I sat there and paused for a second, and once I paused for a second he was like, ‘Alright, you can at least do it one more time.'” Just like that, Johnson went out and played the 2015 season, which was his last season. Lions fans can thank Johnson’s father for having him go out and play one more season.