Who is Calvin Johnson? In 2016, Calvin “Megatron” Johnson retired at the age of 30, after 9 seasons in the NFL. Besides a sweet nickname, Johnson has been with the Lions since he was drafted. He has the record for most receiving yards in a single season with 1,964 in 2012 and was one of the most dominant wide receivers in the game. While this past season wasn’t his best, he’s definitely still in his prime.
Then why is he retiring? Some will blame the Lions for being terrible and not giving him enough of a showcase for his skills, but more likely it’s a bunch of nagging ankle, knee, and finger injuries.
Or maybe it’s something in the Detroit water? You’ll hear folks compare Johnson to another Lions legend running back Barry Sanders, who also retired in his prime in the late 1990s.