It’s not a ploy to get to another team, and it doesn’t seem like Calvin “Megatron” Johnson needs any more time to think about it. The Detroit Lions’ greatest receiver in franchise history and a player who is seemingly still in his prime called it a career today.
Although Calvin Johnson had announced his plans to retire from the NFL some time ago, today he made it official as he filed his retirement papers, as stated on the Detroit Lions’ official website.
Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson, who for the past nine seasons established himself as one of the greatest wide receivers in National Football League history, today announced his retirement from the NFL effective immediately.
Johnson also filed his retirement papers with the NFL today in advance of the new League year which begins at 4 p.m. ET Wednesday, March 9.
The Lions also announced, with respect to Johnson’s contract, that those “matters were settled to the satisfaction of the parties.”
Leaving on essentially the same terms as the Lions’ prior generational talent in running back Barry Sanders, Johnson is retiring at the relatively young age of 30. During his nine-year career, Johnson eclipsed 1,000 yards seven times. In 2012, he finished with 1,964 yards, setting a new NFL record for receiving yardage in a season. In 2013, he had 329 receiving yards in a game against the Dallas Cowboys, which is the second-highest total in league history.
“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 in a statement.
“After much prayer, thought and discussion with loved ones, I have made the difficult decision to retire from the Lions and pro football,” Megatron continued. “I have played my last game of football. Let me assure you that this was not an easy or hasty decision. 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.”
You can read the full statement here.
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