Calvin Johnson On Playing For The Lions: It Wasn’t Worth My Time


That’s gotta hurt!

Calvin Johnson, who retired from The NFL after nine seasons with The Detroit Lions, was in Italy Wednesday to present the game ball for Italian Bowl XXXVII and had some pretty harsh words for reporters when talking about his former NFL team. While the former All star Wide Receiver did admit that his body did play a partial role in the decision to retire from The NFL, he also admitted that the team he was playing for had a role in it too.

“I was stuck in my contract with Detroit, and they told me, they would not release my contract, , so I would have to come back to them,” Calvin Johnson told reporters when asked about why he retired from The NFL,” I didn’t see the chance for them to win a Super Bowl at the time, and for the work I was putting in, it wasn’t worth my time to keep on beating my head against the wall and not going anywhere.”

While The Detroit Lions did make The Playoffs twice during Calvin Johnson’s tenure with the team, they never made it past wild card weekend and had a losing record the very next season. Johnson put up very solid numbers throughout his nine seasons with the team as well, going six straight seasons with 1000 or more receiving yards and 83 touchdowns in his career.

Unfortunately for Johnson, his receiving efforts were never enough and problems on defense, and offense always plagued the team. What are your thoughts? Let us know in the comments below!


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