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.
“I’m not coming back, man,” Johnson told ESPN.com’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.
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