Calvin Johnson: “I’m Not Coming Back, Man”

Former Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson is enjoying life after football and he won’t be coming back. When asked about the possibility of eventually returning to the NFL, Johnson was clear in his response. Calvin Johnson

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I’m not coming back, man,” Johnson told’s Michael Rothstein. “Look, man. I got stuff that’s going to hurt for the rest of my life. I got a finger that’s literally bone-on-bone. This bad boy, it gets smaller. The more and more I do, it grinds bone-on-bone. Literally from last year, I went this year to get another X-Ray and this is after I retired, I knew it was messed up but I didn’t know to what degree because it was hurt.”

In addition to his mangled finger, Johnson cited his injured ankle, knees, and shoulder as reasons why football is no longer a good idea for him. Besides that, Megatron says he’s happy in retirement and he likes watching football as a spectator on Sundays. He admits that he wishes he could have left the game with a Super Bowl ring, but he won’t return to try and chase that goal.

The Lions, without Johnson, are 9-5 and leading the NFC North with two games to go.

Photo courtesy of USA Today Sports Images.

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5 comments on “Calvin Johnson: “I’m Not Coming Back, Man”

  1. MVP20

    My favorite player miss him but respected his decision, definition of a class act.

  2. Should have left one year earlier so the Lions could keep Suh. He knew his body hurt and he wanted to call it quits. The Lions could have a top 5 defense right now if Megatrob hadn’t lingered around for one more mediocre year. This is why I will never miss him as much as I missed Barry

    • stryk3istrukuout

      Wow, you’re totally ungrateful. This guy put the offense on his back so many times, dealt with constant double teams and injuries and still produced…all for a team that never went anywhere.


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