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Arguably one of the best wide receivers in the NFL, Detroit Lion Calvin Johnson is hanging up his cleats for good.

In a statement released by the Lions on Tuesday, Johnson, 30, admits the decision to retire wasn’t easy, saying, “After much prayer, thought and discussion with loved ones, I have made the difficult decision to retire from the Lions and pro football. I have played my last game of football. Let me assure you that this was not an easy or hasty decision. As I stated, I, along with those closest to me, have put a lot of time, deliberation and prayer into this decision and I truly am at peace with it.

Nicknamed Megatron for his huge hands that reminded teammates of a Decepticon, Johnson enjoyed an amazing 9-year career, during which he completely annihilated every franchise record. While Johnson flourished, the Lions couldn’t seem to get the right pieces around him; the team made two playoff appearances, but lost both games.

Debates began at the end of the regular season as to whether the three-time All-Pro selection would be cut or retire due to his $24 million cap hit. Though Johnson suffered many injuries over the past five seasons, he still put numbers on the board and will be sorely missed on the field.

Read the rest of his statement here and prepare for many more announcements; NFL retirement season is upon us.


Detroit Lions Wide Receiver Calvin Johnson Announces Retirement  was originally published on globalgrind.com