Calvin Johnson Told the Lions He’s Retiring, Social Media Reacts (Tweets)

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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:

And then there was the rest of the Twitterverse, which reacted like so:

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.

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