Celebrating Detroit Lions great Calvin Johnson on Hall Of Fame weekend

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This weekend, the Detroit Lions fan base will celebrate one of their own during the NFL Hall of Fame enshrinement. Lions great Calvin Johnson will be forever immortalized this weekend at the Hall of Fame ceremony in Canton, Ohio. A reason for all Lions fans to celebrate the greatness of Megatron.

Johnson will be the 17th player in franchise history to have played their full career or the majority of their career with the Lions. Johnson spent all nine seasons of his outstanding career in Detroit, leaving a career that the organization and its fans will never forget.

In Johnson’s nine years in the league, he finished in the top 10 in receiving yards six separate times. In 2011 and 2012, Johnson took home the crown of most receiving yards of any wide receiver in the league.

The 2012 season seen Johnson break NFL legend Jerry Rice’s record for most receiving yards in a single season when he finished with 1,964 yards. Johnson also led receivers in most receptions in a single season in 2012 with 122 receptions.

Detroit Lions great Calvin Johnson heads to the Hall Of Fame.

The soon-to-be Hall of Famer finished his career with 11,619 yards receiving, 731 receptions, and 83 touchdowns. Johnson’s career average for receiving yards per game sits at 86.1 per game. Johnson only had two seasons (2007, 2009) where he didn’t have a thousand yards or more receiving in his career.

Johnson’s numbers speak for themselves, but it was his presence on the field that will be the memories fans will keep forever.


His performance against the Dallas Cowboys in 2013 was one of the greatest single-game performances of his career. Johnson finished the game with 14 receptions, one touchdown, and a staggering 329 receiving yards in the Lions’ heroic victory over the Cowboys.

Not many receivers can go up and get the ball in double and triple coverage, quite like number 81 could in the Honolulu Blue. The Stafford-Johnson connection was almost like watching a video game sometimes.

This Sunday, a Lions all-time great will get his well-deserved moment to be inducting as one of the greatest ever to play the game. Sadly his relationship with the Lions organization is still on rocky terms. The organization’s demand that Johnson return his $1 million signing bonus when he retired in 2016 still doesn’t sit right with Johnson.

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While the relationship may still be rocky between the Detroit Lions and Johnson, this weekend could really be the time for the two to celebrate an outstanding career for one of the best to do it in the city of Detroit. Thank you for the memories, Megatron!