Calvin Johnson, widely hailed as one of the greatest receivers of all time, could walk away from the sport at the age of 30.
A few days ago, “Megatron” released a joint statement with the Detroit Lions, stating that he is evaluating what the future holds. “Like many players at this stage of their career, I am currently evaluating options for my future. I would expect to have a decision in the not-too-distant future,” Johnson, a future Hall of Famer, said in a statement.
Earlier in December, Johnson completed an unprecedented sixth consecutive 1,000-yard season. Despite his sustained high production, Johnson has mentioned the subject of retirement to a teammate, according to several reports. “We obviously have profound respect for Calvin (Johnson) and certainly understand and appreciate his decision to give proper thought and consideration to his football future,” the Lions said in a statement.
After Lions finished the season with a subpar 7-9 record, Johnson has reportedly cut off from the outside world. He hasn’t responded to phone calls or interview requests, and his agent Bus Cook has been kept in the dark.
Corey Fuller, Calvin Johnson’s teammate for the last three seasons, is not surprised by Johnson’s announcement. “I think that’s just a personal decision for Johnson and his family. He’s done a lot in his career, so if he feels it’s time for him (to retire) – he’s gone through a lot, too. His body is beat up. Of course he wants to be able to run around and play with his kid,” said Fuller.
An anonymous teammate who spoke to Detroit Free Press felt Johnson has lost the motivation to continue his career. “The guy’s (Johnson) totally beat up. I think he’s been through enough. And I think it’s just his time. He’s made the money, got the records, but whatever. I don’t know for sure if he’s going to do it. I don’t know if he’s going to get that itch to keep going. I really don’t know.”
In related news, Calvin Johnson will not participate in the Pro Bowl this year. The Jacksonville Jaguars announced Thursday that Allen Robinson, from Orchard Lake St. Mary’s, will replace Megatron in the annual affair.
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