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NFL Breaking News: Calvin Johnson files retirement papers

After several weeks of speculation, Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson has officially retired from p


After several weeks of speculation, Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson has officially retired from professional football. The 30-year-old, affectionately known as Megatron, spent his entire nine-year career playing for the Motor City team, and in 2012 set a single-season receiving record with 1,964 yards. In a statement made this afternoon, Johnson said: “I have played my last game of football. Along with those closest to me, I have put a lot of time, deliberation and prayer into this decision and I truly am at peace with it.” With a slew of NFL and Lions receiving records, Johnson will undoubtedly go down as one of the greatest receivers of all time. As well as nearly reaching 2,000 yards in 2012, breaking a 17-year-old record previously held by the great Jerry Rice, that same season he recorded 11 games with at least 100 yards, including a run of eight games in a row. The 6-foot-5 wideout finishes his career with more than 11,000 receiving yards, taking an NFL record of just 115 games to reach the 10,000-yard mark. He also retires with an NFL high of 86.1 yards per game among players with over 100 appearances. However, with only two playoff appearances to his name, as well as being part of the team that went 0-16 in 2008, his credentials for the Hall of Fame certainly come into question. Since Johnson came into the league, the Lions have never won their division – the admittedly tough NFC North – and their two second place finishes saw them lose in the wildcard round to the Saints (2011) and the Cowboys (2014). Legendary Lions running back Barry Sanders said of Johnson on Twitter: “An amazing and rare talent both on and off the field, and I feel lucky to have been able to see him play.”

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Tom Parry-Jones

Despite growing up as a soccer fan, Tom is now a fully fledged NFL reporter, having followed the sport since 2008 and started writing on the NFL in 2012. His primary focus is the Minnesota Vikings.

NFL Breaking News: Calvin Johnson files retirement papers

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