On Sunday during halftime, Detroit Lions legend Calvin Johnson received his Hall Of Fame ring during a celebratory ceremony. Yes, Calvin showed up, but Lions’ president Rod Wood was nowhere to be found.
It’s been rumored that Wood is who Johnson has the most beef with regarding the now famous $1.6 million signing bonus the Lions forced Johnson to return after he decided to retire at the age of 30. Johnson apparently requested a trade out of Detroit just a few years after signing a contract extension, making him the highest-paid receiver.
The Detroit Lions, down 10-0 against the Baltimore Ravens, exited the field during halftime to a host of boo’s, primarily for their lack of offense during the first half. Detroit’s defense performed exceptionally well, often hemming in the electric Lamar Jackson limited the Ravens to just 10 points. Detroit got some help from Marquise Brown, who suffered a bad case of the ‘drops’ through the first two quarters.
Detroit Lions fans let management know how they really feel during the halftime ceremony.
As the organization prepared for the halftime celebration, Lions ownership, and upper management were greeted with an abundance of boos, a much louder boo than the players received as they left the playing surface.
Lions’ principal owner, Shiela Ford Hamp, needed to pause multiple times during her speech as she struggled to speak over the ruckus crowd.
The crowd later erupted in cheer as Calvin Johnson took to the mic to thank the Detroit crowd. Johnson mentioned that it had been an honor to represent the city of Detroit and that he loves and misses the Lions faithful.
Johnson amassed 11,619 yards on 731 receptions and totaled 83 touchdowns during his illustrious nine-year career. Johnson led the league in receiving twice during his career and broke Jerry Rice’s single-season receiving record in 2012 catching a league-leading 122 passes totaling 1,964 yards.