It’s Official, Calvin Johnson Has Retired From The NFL
After months of speculation Detroit Lions star wide receiver has officially retired according to a statement from the team.
Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson, who for the past nine seasons established himself as one of the greatest wide receivers in National Football League history, today announced his retirement from the NFL effective immediately.
Johnson also filed his retirement papers with the NFL today in advance of the new League year which begins at 4 p.m. ET Wednesday, March 9.
The Lions also announced, with respect to Johnson’s contract, that those “matters were settled to the satisfaction of the parties.”
Update: Calvin Johnson has released a statement.
“Let me begin by apologizing for making this announcement via a statement and not in person,” Johnson wrote. “While I truly respect the significance of this, those who know me best will understand and not be surprised that I choose not to have a press conference for this announcement. After much prayer, thought and discussion with loved ones, I have made the difficult decision to retire from the Lions and pro football. I have played my last game of football.”
Perhaps seeking to stave off any discussion of whether his retirement is an indictment of the safety of the game of football, Johnson said he’s still glad he was a football player. He’s just ready to call it quits.
“Let me assure you that this was not an easy or hasty decision. As I stated, I, along with those closest to me, have put a lot of time, deliberation and prayer into this decision and I truly am at peace with it,” Johnson said. “I also want you to know that I have the utmost respect and admiration for the game of football. It has provided so much for me and my family and I will be forever grateful to the game.”