Detroit Lions fans have seen this movie before and its none too pleasing to them. About two decades ago, Barry Sanders retired at the top of his game at the tender age of 31 and Calvin Johnson has reportedly informed the team that he plans to retire at 30.
As the years past, we’re seeing more and more players show concern about their health after football. Make have difficulty walking, while things such as CTE also scare players. In the case of Johnson, we can’t say for sure yet what’s prompting him to make this decision, but you’d have to think he’s thinking of his future.
Detroit Lions star receiver Calvin Johnson told his family and a close circle of friends before the past season that 2015-16 would be his final season in the NFL. He delivered the same message to coach Jim Caldwell the day after the regular season ended, sources told ESPN.
Caldwell told Johnson not to rush his decision and to take his time, sources told ESPN. Out of respect to Caldwell, Johnson agreed to do just that, according to sources.
The Lions have not given up hope that Johnson will change his mind, but one person who knows Johnson well said, “He’s pretty content with his decision.”