Megatron is hanging up his cleats. Yes, Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson has decided to retire… after nine seasons in the NFL.
In a statement released by the Lions, the 30-year-old said he would not hold a press conference to discuss his decision.
“Let me begin by apologizing for making this announcement via a statement and not in person. While I truly respect the significance of this, those who know me best will understand and not be surprised that I choose not to have a press conference for this announcement,” Johnson said. “After much prayer, thought and discussion with loved ones, I have made the difficult decision to retire from the Lions and pro football. I have played my last game of football.
“Let me assure you that this was not an easy or hasty decision,” he continued. “As I stated, I, along with those closest to me, have put a lot of time, deliberation and prayer into this decision and I truly am at peace with it. I also want you to know that I have the utmost respect and admiration for the game of football. It has provided so much for me and my family and I will be forever grateful to the game.”
Johnson will go down as one of the most prolific wide receivers in franchise history and one of the best ever at the position in NFL history.
He came into the league in 2007 as the No. 2 overall pick of the Lions, just after the Oakland Raiders chose JaMarcus Russell.
Johnson holds a number of records with the Lions, including most career receptions (731), career receiving yards (11,619), receiving yards in a season (1,964), receiving yards in a game (329), career receiving touchdowns (83) and receiving touchdowns in a season (16). He also holds 15 NFL records, including the most receiving yards in a season with 1,964 in 2012.
Johnson is No. 43 all time in receptions, No. 27 in yards and No. 22 in touchdowns.
Despite his greatness, he only made two playoff appearances — in 2011 and 2014, both of which the Lions lost.