Over the years when you watch the Detroit Lions, one guy has always stood out and that was Calvin Johnson. You talk about a guy who was the engine to his offense, that’s number 81 right there and he was always the main target for Matthew Stafford down the field. Another big question has been will he ever leave the Lions and possibly go play for a contender? If anybody ever deserved a shot at a championship, it was Calvin Johnson, no doubts about it. He put together another solid season in 2015. He caught 88 passes, eclipsed 1,000 yards receiving once again and recorded nine touchdowns. Calvin recently told the Lions that the 2015 season would be his last as an active player. He will be walking away from the game at the age of 30.
There have been many great receivers over the years to come into the league and establish themselves as one of the best in the business and then there was Calvin Johnson. He was simply everything you wanted in a football player. He’s tall standing at 6’5, weighs about 230 pounds and was very fast for a man of his size. According to his peers around the league, he was considered to be the top wide receiver in the NFL. He did it all. He had no hesitation going over the middle, he stretched the field from a vertical standpoint, he had breakaway speed, he caught everything thrown in his direction and he was a nightmare to prepare for prior to a game and more so defending him. There was simply no answer for defending Megatron, point blank period. Man to man coverage was an insult and you couldn’t cover him single-handedly because that was simply asking him to have a big game on your defense. You had to simply double team him or even triple team him. He commanded that much attention on the field. Patrick Peterson has stated that Megatron was the toughest receiver he had to cover and Charles Tillman has referred to him as the NFL’s LeBron James stating that he was simply a guy that can do it all.
Injuries are a part of the game and he’s been on the injury report for a great portion of his career. He’s had some knee issues and he’s not getting any younger. This will be considered “Barry Sanders 2.0”. Barry Sanders retired from the Lions at the age of 30 as well. Best of luck to Calvin Johnson in his future endeavors.