Retiring Lions WR Calvin Johnson shares biggest regret

Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson (81) during warm ups before an NFL football game against the San Francisco 49ers at Ford Field in Detroit, Sunday, Dec. 27, 2015. (AP Photo/Rick Osentoski)


DETROIT, Mich. (WOOD) — The Detroit Lions are losing “Megatron.”

Star wide receiver Calvin Johnson is retiring, the team announced late Tuesday morning on Twitter.

In a statement posted on the franchise’s website, Johnson thanked his family, teammates, staff, coaches, the Ford family and fans.  He also shared his biggest regret:

“I so appreciated your passionate support over the years and truly enjoyed playing for you. I loved playing in Detroit and will forever be a Lion. My biggest regret is that I wasn’t able to help give our fans a championship. But I do believe the future of the Lions is bright and with the leadership from people like Rod Wood and Bob Quinn, who I have gotten to know over the past few months, I am confident that our fans will soon be rewarded with the championship you deserve.

“From the bottom of my heart I thank you all for everything,” Johnson said in the statement.

The team said Johnson, 30,  filed for retirement Tuesday –  one day before the new NFL year begins Wednesday afternoon.

On its website, the franchise said Johnson’s contract was “settled to the satisfaction of the parties.”

Just after the 2015 NFL season ended, Johnson told the team it was his last, ESPN reported in January.  However, ESPN’s sources said head coach Jim Caldwell told Johnson to take his time before making a final decision.

Shortly after Tuesday’s announcement, the Detroit Lions tweeted out a tribute video to Johnson, including #MegaThanks in the post.

Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson (81) stretches but is unable to catch the pass while defended by Green Bay Packers cornerback Sam Shields (37) during the second half of an NFL football game, Thursday, Dec. 3, 2015, in Detroit.
Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson (81) stretches but is unable to catch the pass while defended by Green Bay Packers cornerback Sam Shields (37) during the second half of an NFL football game, Thursday, Dec. 3, 2015, in Detroit.

In 2012, Johnson set the NFL record for most receiving yards in a single season.  He also holds the record for most consecutive games with more than 100 receiving yards, at eight games.

Johnson also holds six Detroit Lions records, including:

  • Most career receptions
  • Most career receiving yards
  • Most receiving yards in a season
  • Most receiving yards in a game
  • Most career receiving touchdowns
  • Most receiving touchdowns in a season

Johnson’s nine-season career was solely with the Lions.

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