35 Facts About Calvin Johnson

1. Calvin Johnson was part of a weekly Bible study group with other Lions players.

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2. Calvin Johnson became engaged to long time girlfriend Brittney McNorton in March 2015.

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3. On March 8, 2016, Calvin Johnson announced his retirement from the NFL after nine seasons.

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4. Calvin Johnson was named to his fifth Pro Bowl in a row, the most by any Lion since Barry Sanders was named to 10 straight Pro Bowls.

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5. Calvin Johnson was named to the 2014 Pro Bowl, but an injury forced him to withdraw.

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6. Calvin Johnson is the only player in the Super Bowl era to average 120 yards per game in a season when he averaged 122.8 yards per game in 2012.

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7. Calvin Johnson beat out 42 other players and eliminated quarterback Cam Newton to win the Madden NFL 13 cover athlete on April 25, 2012, on SportsNation.

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8. Calvin Johnson finished the season leading the league in receptions and receiving yards (1,964).

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9. On March 14, 2012, Calvin Johnson signed an eight-year extension worth with the Detroit Lions, with guaranteed, making Johnson the highest-paid receiver in the league.

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10. In 2011, Calvin Johnson had his second best statistical season of his NFL career, reaching a career-high 1,681 receiving yards and 16 touchdowns.

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11. Calvin Johnson was selected to the first Pro Bowl of his career.

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12. Calvin Johnson amassed 77 receptions for 1,120 yards and 12 touchdowns during the 2010 season.

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13. Calvin Johnson ended the game with 6 receptions for 129 yards and 2 touchdowns.

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14. Calvin Johnson revealed that he needed Vicodin to play through the final three months of the 2007 season.

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15. Calvin Johnson took five weeks off after the 2007 season and was taking part in the Lions' offseason program.

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16. In 2008, Calvin Johnson said he could "still feel" the lower-back injury that bothered him throughout his rookie season.

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17. Calvin Johnson finished the 2007 season with 756 yards and 5 total touchdowns.

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18. Calvin Johnson scored his first NFL rushing touchdown against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on October 21, 2007 on a 32-yard reverse play.

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19. Calvin Johnson sustained a lower back injury after making a catch over two Philadelphia Eagles defenders on September 23, 2007.

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20. Calvin Johnson was said by ESPN to be able to be productive as a rookie, much like receiver Randy Moss was as a rookie.

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21. On January 8, 2007, Calvin Johnson declared himself eligible for the NFL Draft, bypassing his senior season at Georgia Tech.

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22. Calvin Johnson chose the latter, as he wanted to help the less fortunate.

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23. Calvin Johnson was honored as the ACC Player of the Year, was a first-team All-ACC selection for the third consecutive year, and was recognized as a unanimous first-team All-American.

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24. Calvin Johnson entered his 2006 junior season in the running for the Biletnikoff Award and Heisman Trophy.

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25. Calvin Johnson led Tech with 54 catches for 888 yards and six scores.

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26. Calvin Johnson earned All-ACC honors for the second straight year and was a semifinalist for the Fred Biletnikoff Award.

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27. Calvin Johnson ended his freshman campaign against Syracuse University in the Champs Sports Bowl, where he recorded a touchdown.

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28. Calvin Johnson was the Jackets' leading receiver with 48 catches for 837 yards and seven scores, which were Georgia Tech freshman records.

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29. Calvin Johnson had 178 receptions in his career, good for 2,927 yards and 28 touchdowns.

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30. Calvin Johnson attended the Georgia Institute of Technology, where he played for head coach Chan Gailey's Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets football team from 2004 to 2006.

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31. Calvin Johnson was rated as the best player in Georgia, No 12 in the Southeast and No 37 in the nation by Rivals.

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32. Calvin Johnson was tabbed the No 4 wide receiver and No 15 player in the nation by TheInsiders.

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33. Calvin Johnson tied Michael Irvin's record for most 100-yard games in a season with 11.

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34. On March 14, 2012, Calvin Johnson signed an eight-year, US$132 million contract extension with the Lions, one of the largest sports contracts ever.

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35. Calvin Johnson was drafted by the Detroit Lions of the National Football League, second overall in the 2007 NFL Draft, and played for the Lions for all of his professional career before he retired.

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