Calvin Johnson Announces His Retirement

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Peyton Manning‘s retirement was kind of expected.  Calvin Johnson‘s, on the other hand, was not.

Just moments ago, it was announced that the Detroit Lions wide receiver has decided to call it a career after just nine NFL seasons.

What it was exactly that caused Megatron to hang up the cleats so early in his career, a la former Lions running back Barry Sanders, is anyone’s guess.  Despite dealing with an assortment of injuries, Johnson still managed to play in all 16 games last season, recording 88 receptions for 1,214 yards and nine touchdowns. He missed just nine games throughout the course of his career and is just four years removed from his record-breaking season in 2012, when he surpassed Jerry Rice for most receiving yards in a single season, with 1,964.

No word yet on whether Calvin Johnson will make the announcement at an official press conference sometime this week.  He’ll be turning 31-years-old when the 2016 NFL season begins in September.

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