Did Former Detroit Lions Receiver Calvin Johnson Retire Too Early?

Calvin Johnson was one of the bright spots for the Detroit Lions during his career. When the Lions drafted him, a lot of fans were excited and eager to see how he was going to perform. Johnson did not let those fans down.

You can argue that Johnson is one of the best wide receivers ever to play the game based on his numbers during his playing career. When Johnson announced his retirement at the age of 30, a lot of fans wondered why he made the decision. But, in his mind, it was the right thing for him to do.

A look at Calvin Johnson’s career with Detroit

The Lions took Johnson at No.2 in the 2007 NFL Draft. In his first season with Detroit, Johnson caught four touchdowns and had 756 receiving yards. He started to show some promise as a dominant receiver for years to come. The Lions knew they had something special in Johnson.

Johnson improved a lot in his second season with the Lions. He led the league in touchdowns with 12 and had over 1,000 yards in receiving. At 6’5, he had a height advantage over defensive backs trying to guard him. He also had to speed to go along with it too. You could throw the ball anywhere in Johnson’s area, and he would find a way to reel it in. He would soon have the nickname Megatron because of his abilities to catch balls under challenging situations.

Throughout his career, Johnson would continue to show the world why he is the best in the league. During the 2012 season, he set an NFL record for most receiving yards in a season at 1,964. He had six straight seasons of over 1,000 yards receiving. Even though the Lions struggled during some seasons with Johnson, he still played as if he was the best player on the field. The six-time pro bowler was the only thing the Lions had going for them.

What made Johnson retire?

A big reason on why Johnson chose to retire is because he did not want to play for the Lions anymore. He wanted to form his own super team but did not have the opportunity to do so. In March of 2012, Johnson and the Lions agreed to one of the largest contracts in NFL history. He signed for $132 million over eight years. When Johnson expressed that he wanted out, the Lions told him that they would not release his contract.

Johnson decided to retire because he did not want to be a part of a team who continued to struggle, and health played a reason too. His career in Detroit will always be remembered.

A future Hall of Famer

It’s only a matter of time when the football world will see Johnson in Canton, Ohio as the newest member of the Hall of Fame class. What he did during his career was remarkable, and he impacted the game in so many ways.

There will only be on Megatron, and his name is Calvin Johnson.