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Detroit Lions Legend Reveals His Relationship With The Team

Calvin Johnson of the Detroit Lions is honored with a Hall of Fame ring during a ceremony at halftime between the Baltimore Ravens and the Detroit Lions at Ford Field on September 26, 2021 in Detroit, Michigan.
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Not too long ago, Calvin Johnson was an absolute machine of a wide receiver for the Detroit Lions, and he is considered one of the greatest to ever play his position.

His career may have been too short, as he decided to retire after just nine seasons, but he was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame just two years ago.

Johnson had strained relations with the Lions when he called it quits in 2016, but he now says that things have improved between himself and his former employer.

Perhaps Johnson wasn’t able to match the resume of San Francisco 49ers legend Jerry Rice, who is widely considered the greatest wideout ever, but he wasn’t that far off.

He led the NFL in receiving yards twice, and in 2012, he posted 1,964 yards, which was the most ever in a single season.

He ended his career with 11,619 yards, 83 touchdowns, six Pro Bowl selections, and three All-Pro first-team nods to his name.

The big disappointment is that the Lions were never a great team during Johnson’s tenure with them, and he admitted that it was one reason why he retired at the young age of 30.

Then there is the matter of his dispute with the organization, which reportedly had to do with him being forced to repay some of his signing bonus because he retired before his contract expired.

For years, he didn’t take part in any events the Lions held, even when they offered him a generous salary to give speeches at team events.

Perhaps both sides have now resolved their differences.

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