Standing 6’5”, 237 pounds, Calvin Johnson Jr. terrorized defensive backs his whole career. His combination of speed, athleticism, size, and strength was unlike anything that the NFL has ever seen before. Johnson’s ability to make robot-like catches earned him the nickname “Megatron”. Let’s dig into one of the greatest careers ever put together but a wide receiver in NFL history.
Johnson was drafted 2nd overall to the Detroit Lions in the 2007 NFL Draft out of Georgia Tech. As a yellow jacket, Johnson put up impressive numbers where he accumulated nearly 3,000 receiving yards in 3 years including his junior season where he had 76 catches, 1,202 yards, and 15 touchdowns. In 2006, Johnson won the Fred Biletnikoff Award, which recognizes college football’s best overall receiver and finished 10th in the Heisman voting.
In Johnson’s 2nd year in the NFL he secured his first 1,000+ yard, 10+ touchdown season of his career. The rest was history. Johnson would be a 1,000+ yard receiver for 6 of the last 7 years of his career including breaking Jerry Rice’s single season receiving record in 2012 with 1,964 yards, averaging an absurd 16.1 yards per reception, a record that he still holds today. Johnson was also a 3 time All-Pro, recording that accolade in three straight years (2011-2013).
This year Calvin Johnson will be getting inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility joining Peyton Manning and Charles Woodson as first-ballot hall of famers this year. In Johnson’s 9 years in the NFL racked up 731 receptions, 11,619 receiving yards, and 83 receiving touchdowns. Johnson also led the league in receiving yards two times along with being named to the Hall of Fame’s All-2010s Team last year. The Class of 2021 Enshrinement Ceremony will take place on Sunday at 7PM and will welcome Johnson and 7 others to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. What career for a great player and person.