The Detroit Lions star wide receiver Calvin Johnson said he considered walking away from the NFL long and has no plans to return, even though many person experts his return.
The 30-year-old Johnson retired this past March, though he did so without a press conference to announce it. On Saturday he spoke publicly for the first time about his decision to hang up his cleats for good.
He said that the reason for calling it quits was not the perpetual losing (Detroit was 54-90 in his career) but because of the beat-down his body had taken.
“My finger’s jacked,” Johnson said via the Detroit Free Press. “I mean, I’m beat up. After you play that long you’re going to be beat up, so it’s just a time where you are content with what you did.”
Calvin Johnson played nine seasons in the NFL, set the record for most receiving yards in a season in 2012 (1,964), made six Pro Bowls, and played in two stinkin’ playoff games, both of which the Lions lost.