Lions president: Calvin Johnson still hasn't decided if he'll retire
Megatron still hasn't made up his mind, despite last month's report.
Wait a minute -- didn't Johnson already retire last month?
It certainly seemed that way. On Jan. 31, ESPN's Adam Schefter reported that Johnson informed the team that he was walking away from the game for good. Players around the league even held a Twitter funeral for Johnson. Yet here we are on Feb. 18 and Johnson apparently still hasn't decided.
Mike O'Hara, a columnist for the Lions' official website, provided the details Thursday morning, transcribing Wood's interview with Detroit Sports 105.1.
Lions Prez Rod Wood on 105.1 on Calvin Johnson: "It's still in Calvin’s camp to make a decision. I talked to him on Monday."— Mike O'Hara (@MikeOHaraNFL) February 18, 2016
More Rod Wood on Calvin Johnson: "Bob Quinn (Lions GM) talked to him. Calvin has not made a decision."— Mike O'Hara (@MikeOHaraNFL) February 18, 2016
More Wood on Calvin: "If he wants to come back, we'd love to have him back. If he decides to retire, we're going to support that, too."— Mike O'Hara (@MikeOHaraNFL) February 18, 2016
More Rod Wood on 105.1 on Calvin: "He needs to decide what's fight for him. The worst thing we could do is put pressure on him."— Mike O'Hara (@MikeOHaraNFL) February 18, 2016
And now, it's time for Lions fans to rejoice.
After all, they might not have to say goodbye to their best player of the last decade, who will be just 30 when next season begins. In 2015, Johnson added to his impressive resume with a 88-catch, 1,214-yard, and nine-touchdown season. In his nine-year career, Johnson's hauled in 731 passes, racked up 11,619 yards, and scored 83 touchdowns through the air.
With that being said, Johnson's hasn't won too many ballgames in his career. He's been to the playoffs just twice. Since the Lions drafted Johnson, they've only twice finished above .500. And that means if Johnson steps away, he'll be immediately compared to the great Barry Sanders, who also stepped away at a relatively young age.
Still, Wood resisted against the comparison.
"I don't think you can draw any parallels between Barry's decision and whatever Calvin decides to do," Wood said, per MLive.com. "It's a tough sport. Guys that do it a long time -- as I said, three to four years is the average career -- we're talking about people that have played nine years, their decisions are their decisions. I don't think it has anything to do with the culture of the organization.
"Having talked to Calvin, not so much Barry, because I wasn't around then, I don't think his decision will have anything to do with the culture of the organization."
If Megatron retires, he'll join Marshawn Lynch as another top playmaker who decided an early retirement is more appealing than tearing up the NFL for another season.
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