Calvin Johnson: ‘Retirement Would’ve Been Hard If Lions Were Contenders’

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Retired Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson is beginning to open up about why he suddenly decided to retire this offseason at age 30. His reasons on retiring sound a lot like what former Lions running back Barry Sanders said when he suddenly retired.

In an interview with ESPN’s Michael Smith, Calvin Johnson had this to say:

If we would’ve been a contender, it would have been harder to let go.”

With 9 years clocked in the league, Calvin Johnson only sniffed the playoffs twice in his career and with nagging injuries and the fear of CTE, it was starting to become not worth it anymore.

“It’s clear to see when you get a concussion. In football, it’s – concussions happen, if not on every play, then they happen like every other, every third play, you know. With all the helmet contact, guys hittin’ the ground, heads hittin’ ground. It’s simply when your brain touches your skull from the movement or the inertia, man. It’s simple to get a concussion, you know. …I don’t know how many I’ve had over my career, you know, but I’ve definitely had my fair share.”

The entirety of Johnson’s interview will air on Thursday, July 7 on ESPN.



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