May. 23, 2017
Megatron Not Happy With the Way the Lions Treated Him When he Retired
Detroit Lions receiver Calvin Johnson (Megatron) told the Detroit Free Press that he was not happy with the way the organized treated him after he retired in March last year. The Lions have yet to retire his jersey or honor it in any way. Johnson said he doesn't like to talk about the Lions anyways.
"I don't even like to talk Lions too much just because the way our relationship ended," Johnson told the newspaper. "If they see me around here, we'll see. But hey, I don't know.
"I just didn't feel like I was treated the way I should have been treated on the way out. That's all. I mean, it's all good. I'm not tripping. I don't feel any kind of way, just hey, that's what they did. Hey, it is what it is."
Johnson, to this day, leads the franchise in receptions (731), yards (11,619) and touchdowns (83). His early departure from professional football was a result of excessive injuries. Football took a toll on Johnson's knees, fingers and ankles. He dealt with ten major injuries over ten years (2004-2014). Every injury made it that much harder for Johnson to return to 100% strength.
Johnson admitted that he hid some concussions from his coach. He said a lot of players hide head injuries.
"Guys get concussions, they don't tell the coaches," Johnson said. "It happens. I don't tell the coach sometimes 'cause I know I got a job to do. The team needs me out there on the field. And sometimes you allow that to jeopardize yourself, but that's just the nature of the world."
Since retirement, he has gone on to get married, work more with younger receivers, pick up skiing as a hobby, and participate on Dancing With the Stars. Right now he has no plans to return to the NFL.