June 19, 2024

Detroit Lions superstar wide receiver Calvin Johnson called it a career after nine seasons in the NFL and so many football fans believed the elite WR had several great years ahead.


It was a stunning decision that rocked the NFL world at the time.

Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reported Jan. 6 , 2016 regarding Johnson’s outlook for the future. He had been dealing with a nagging ankle injury that had caused him to miss a lot of practice over the past two seasons, and per Birkett, he had mentioned retirement to at least one former teammate.

The six-time Pro Bowler confirmed at the time he was having doubts about his future on the gridiron in a joint statement released with the Lions, per Tori Petry of the team’s official website.


Calvin Johnson was one of the most durable wide receivers in NFL history but he had to sit back and watch the magical run of the Detroit Lions in 2023.


The Lions went to the postseason only twice in Johnson’s entire time with the franchise, which began when Detroit chose him second overall in the 2007 NFL draft. Given his consistent greatness and professionalism over the years, he probably deserved better.


With four years still remaining on a massive contract, not only will Detroit was not only sad to lose Johnson, but he’ll also be leaving a considerable amount of money on the table.

Johnson’s retirement also served as the catalyst that would lead to the eventual trade that sent Matthew Stafford to LA and brought Jared Goff to Detroit.

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Goff was viewed up as a washed-up first-round overall pick, but after working with Ben Johnson and a roster loaded with offensive talent, the quarterback has resurged his career and the Lions should be contenders again in 2024.





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