Friday, January 21, 2022

Calvin Johnson Starts Internet Firestorm with New Lions Post

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Calvin Johnson had an interesting year with the Detroit Lions. The former wideout has made it into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, Michigan Sports Hall of Fame, and the team’s ring of honor.

For all that, the question still arose whether or not Johnson would ever be in his former team’s favor again, given the public disagreement he kept sharing about how his retirement turned out. The Lions owed Johnson money, and he didn’t hesitate to say he wouldn’t come until he was repaid in full.

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Have the pages finally covered each other months later? That was interpretable after an interesting new tweet from Johnson himself. On January 12, the legendary Wideout posted a photo on Twitter titled “Back in the Lions Den,” which many saw as a clear interpretation of Johnson and the Lions ending their long-standing feud.

Here’s a look:

Despite the post, Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press pointed out that the conflict was not officially resolved and Johnson was at Ford Field for other reasons than in the past. However, Birkett left the door open to the possibility of a future reunion.

One thing the post seems to show is that things are moving in the right direction between the pages. Johnson has taken great care not to refer to the Lions or specifically post about the team in the past, which this post does. It could perhaps lead to a more hopeful future between the pages in 2022 and beyond if things are cleared up.

If fans are desperate for a solution to this conflict, there is good reason for it. You loved the man named Megatron forever in Motor City. Johnson is always careful to return that love, and showed this class a few months ago when he wrote a letter to Lions fans to simply thank them for everything. As Johnson said, he never had an opportunity to say thank you to them after he retired. The mood is strong all these years later. Johnson reflected on his resignation in the letter and thanked some of the coaches, teammates, and personalities he played with. The most notable part, however, was speaking directly to Lions fans.

Johnson said:

“To the Detroit, Michigan fans. I really appreciate your energy and passion over the years and really enjoyed playing for you. You supported us through the ups and downs and that made me work even harder on Sundays. My biggest regret is that I couldn’t give our fans the championship they deserve. But I can really say that I gave the game everything I had. I will always treasure my time in Detroit and therefore Michigan will be my home forever. “

That was a very classic show for Johnson and something the fans absolutely loved. What they’d love even more is a resolution to that conflict, which could come sooner rather than later, and Johnson back with the team he risked everything for during his career.

Since joining the league with the Lions in 2007, Johnson has wasted little time on great games and amazing stats. During his career, Johnson scored 11,619 yards and 83 touchdowns and was also a human highlight role like no other receiver on the list. Georgia Tech named Johnson one of the craziest players in the draft, and he lived up to that award in the NFL.

Broke Rice’s record of 1,848 yards during the 2012 season, Johnson was a stable force for the team, who often played on the field in pain and discomfort. He left after the 2015 season, leaving a gaping void in Detroit’s wideout group. Since then, Johnson has been involved in a feud with the Lions for the past few seasons over money the team had to repay him upon retirement.

Lions fans can only hope that one day Johnson and the team will be at eye level again.

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