Internet Reacts to News of Calvin Johnson’s Retirement (Tweets)
Even after word got out that Calvin Johnson was contemplating retirement back in January, few believed the Detroit Lions wide receiver would actually go through with it. After all, he is only 30-years-old, he played in all 16 games last season, and he’s just four years removed from his record-breaking 2012 campaign, during which he broke Jerry Rice‘s mark for most receiving yards in a single season with 1,964.
But on Tuesday, Megatron made like Barry Sanders and left both the Lions and the NFL behind when he still (seemingly) had plenty left in the tank. It was shocking news for everyone—much more shocking than Peyton Manning‘s retirement announcement one day earlier—and it had the Twitterverse talking.
Here’s a look at the reaction to Calvin Johnson’s retirement on social media:
— Detroit Lions (@Lions) March 8, 2016
— Chad Greenway (@chadgreenway52) March 8, 2016
— Patrick Peterson /P2 (@RealPeterson21) March 8, 2016
When I signed with the Detroit Lions I met a young man by the name of Calvin Johnson Jr…a humble superstar who spoke with his actions not his words. After watching him during our first practice together I knew I was going to be witness to something very special. In the 4 years I was there I saw him evolve from really good to great to unstoppable. I can only describe it like a Super Hero realizing his Super Powers one day at a time until he realized he was there to save the city. CJ is a man of few words but I knew by how much he loved Detroit and by his work ethic I realized he embraced the responsibility of bringing pride to Michigan which HE DID time & time again. It was a pleasure to watch, honor to play with and joy to kick it wit you bro. You gave the game everything you had in every game you played and out worked every dollar you made. You are one of few shinning examples of how I will not only teach my kids to approach sports but how to approach life. I Never told you in person but this is how I saw you when we played together… ☆You stood like a Giant amongst Boys, toiled like a Peasant amongst Kings and Blessed us with your presence like a God amongst Men☆ You may be Megatron to the masses but you just CJ to me. Enjoy retirement homie! Love, Nate B #LionBloodForever A photo posted by Nate Burleson (@nateburleson) on
Man everyone is retiring these past couple years. Been a sad few seasons that some of the greats are hanging it up. Enjoyed watching them!
— Alterraun Verner (@Alvern_1) March 8, 2016
Calvin Johnson is retiring. Respect his decision. Made enough. Had enough.
— Pete Prisco (@PriscoCBS) March 8, 2016
I’m so happy for Calvin, to go out on his terms is exactly what he is; rare. Somehow I got to play 5 years with him and what he accomplished
— Dan Orlovsky (@danorlovsky7) March 8, 2016
— Detroit Tigers (@tigers) March 8, 2016
— Johnthan Banks (@JBanks_27) March 8, 2016
Thanks for the memories Megatron! https://t.co/YDCizs2quH
— ESPN CollegeFootball (@ESPNCFB) March 8, 2016
Lions make it official: Calvin Johnson is retiring.
Megatron walks away as Detroit’s all-time leading receiver. pic.twitter.com/qRbLRFG2Pm
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) March 8, 2016
Most rec yds in first nine seasons, NFL history: 11,864 Torry Holt 11,776 Jerry Rice 11,619 Calvin Johnson 11,185 Marvin Harrison — ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) January 6, 2016
— Joseph (@True2Atlanta) March 8, 2016
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