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Calvin Johnson Told the Lions He’s Retiring, Social Media Reacts (Tweets)
When it was first rumored at the beginning of the month that Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson was considering calling it quits at the tender age of 30, no one really paid much attention to it. That’s probably because few actually believed that Megatron would leave the game, fresh off a season in which he recorded 88 catches for 1,214 yards and 9 touchdowns.
Now, with reports coming in that Calvin told his close circle of friends as well as Lions head coach Jim Caldwell that he planned to retire, everyone is taking notice, including plenty of fellow NFLers.
Check out their reaction on social media:
— Eric Ebron (@Ebron85) January 31, 2016
— Patrick Peterson /P2 (@RealPeterson21) January 31, 2016
— Steve Smith Sr (@89SteveSmith) February 1, 2016
Calvin Johnson retires healthy, after 9 years…. Not many leave this game healthy & on their own terms. Godspeed @calvinjohnsonjr !
— Steve Weatherford (@Weatherford5) January 31, 2016
And then there was the rest of the Twitterverse, which reacted like so:
Calvin Johnson on retiring: “I suffered through being a Lion for 9 years. I’m lucky I’m not a raging alcoholic or addicted to crack by now.”
— NOT SportsCenter (@NOTSportsCenter) January 31, 2016
Calvin Johnson be like pic.twitter.com/DAewXhFpyv
— Tom Brady’s Ego (@TomBradysEgo) January 31, 2016
Lions fans when they found out Calvin Johnson was retiring pic.twitter.com/NQMx4iAWCe
— BLACK ADAM SCHEFTER (@B1ackSchefter) January 31, 2016
Calvin Johnson once had 1300 yards on an 0-16 team with Dan Orlovsky, Kitna and Daunte Culpepper throwing to him. A talent unlike any other.
— Kevin Clark (@KevinClarkWSJ) January 31, 2016
Calvin Johnson would rather retire than live in Detroit any longer.
— The Fake ESPN (@TheFakeESPN) January 31, 2016
Calvin Johnson is expected to retire. He has the 2nd most receiving yards before his 31st birthday in NFL history. pic.twitter.com/NQw0u5a5X8
— NFL on ESPN (@ESPNNFL) January 31, 2016
Respect to Megatron for an incredible career https://t.co/gFI4QZ6U0P
— Domingo (@NotDomingoAyaIa) January 31, 2016
Barry Sanders: Lions leading rusher, last season age 30.
Calvin Johnson: Lions leading receiver, last season age 30. pic.twitter.com/B3yX0PqAgz
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) January 31, 2016
Calvin Johnson’s last TD of his career https://t.co/HZIRGeyQCg
— Detroit Fans (@DetvrsEverybody) January 31, 2016
Calvin Johnson had Reggie Ball for a QB in college and had to play for the Lions. Football’s been telling him to quit for years.
— CREFLO $$$ HIGHWAY (@edsbs) January 31, 2016
The actual moment Calvin Johnson decided he was retiring https://t.co/Cz0IB2BJYw
— Jon Machota (@jonmachota) January 31, 2016
The report from ESPN indicates that Johnson told his family and friends at the beginning of the 2015 season that it would be his last. He also reiterated his intentions to retire to the Lions’ head coach after the team’s final game of the season. Caldwell told the six-time Pro Bowler to take some time to think the decision over, which is what Calvin is currently in the process of doing.
Just four seasons ago, Megatron recorded a ridiculous 122 receptions for an NFL-record 1,964 yards. He has only missed nine games throughout the course of his 9-year NFL career and he played in all 16 games this past season. However, he did so while nursing a variety of injuries and it appears as though Johnson’s body and mind may have finally had enough.