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On Sunday afternoon, some sad news hit the NFL world as it was announced that Lions WR Calvin Johnson told the organization that he plans to retire. The nine year veteran from Georgia Tech completely tore up the NFL, someone completely deserving of the nickname he was given: Megatron. Calvin was simply unhuman at times, displaying superior size and athleticism to most other players. It is unfortunate to see Johnson hang up the cleats so early, while many believe he was still in his prime, having a lot left in the tank. Johnson finished with a total of 11,619 receiving yards, which is the 2nd-most all time for a player under 31 years old upon retirement. Having been a 6-time probowler and widely regarded as one of the best, if not the best, wide receivers in the league during that span, this retirement news is sure going to sting NFL fanatics for some time.
This now becomes a huge blow for the Detroit Lions, who lose Matthew Stafford’s number one target for years, and one of the best receivers this league has ever seen. The Lions now begin to look suddenly thin at the receiver position. They still have Golden Tate on their roster, who I believe can fill that number-one receiver slot for them pretty well, but no player can completely fill the shoes of Calvin Johnson. However, they lack depth at that position past Golden Tate, to go along with the worst running game in the league. I look for them to aggressively pursue the wide receiver market in both this year’s NFL Draft and free agency.
Calvin Johnson will surely be missed, as with all the other players choosing to call it quits well before father time comes knocking. He now joins Patrick Willis and Chris Borland, among others, who have realized that a few more years of smashing skulls was not worth the possible consequences that could follow long after their NFL careers are over.
Thank you Calvin Johnson for providing fans everywhere with a stunning spectacle every Sunday. You were truly a force to be reckoned with.
– J. Yellin