By: Jefferson Marshall
With the Pro Bowl passing, usually the next event on a NFL fan’s mind would be the super bowl. However, there seems to be rumblings about a star wide receiver planning to retire.
According to reports released late last night, Detroit Lions’ elite receiver Calvin Johnson plans to retire this offseason.
Sources say that before the 2015 season ended, Johnson told his family and close friends that this past season would be his last. Apparently, one of the few people “Megatron” told during this NFL campaign were teammates Mathew Stafford, Stephen Tulloch, and head coach Jim Caldwell.
The speculations began on January 6th when the six-time Pro Bowler released a statement about his current feeling towards his future in the NFL to the media.
“Like many players at this stage of their career, I am currently evaluating options for my future,” Johnson said in the statement. “I would expect to have a decision regarding this matter in the not-too-distant future.”
The 30-year-old has had a bad history of ankle injuries, and general body soreness that has troubled him for majority of his career which is speculated to be the main reason of his potential retirement.
If he does decide to retire, Johnson would finish his nine-year-career with 731 receptions, more than 11,000 receiving yards, and 83 receiving touchdowns, all of those topping Detroit Lions’ all-time records.
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