Detroit Lions star wide receiver Calvin Johnson told his family and coach Jim Caldwell that 2015 would be his final season, according to tweets from ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
And thus ends the career of the most iconic Detroit Lion since Hall of Fame running back Barry Sanders. Johnson, 30, was taken by Detroit with the second overall pick out of Georgia Tech in the 2007 NFL Draft and went on to have an excellent career despite playing for a perennial loser. In his nine NFL seasons, he and his teammates made the playoffs just twice and he leaves the game with 731 catches for 11,619 yards and 83 touchdowns. Johnson also played on the Lions team that didn’t win a single game in 2008, his second NFL season.
The six-time Pro Bowler never won a Super Bowl, but still has plenty to be proud of, especially setting the single-season record for most receiving yards in a season with 1,964 in 2012.
That said, it’s definitely the end of an era if this is indeed true. Nothing is official until Johnson himself confirms it, so stay tuned to Campus Sports for further updates!
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