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Calvin Johnson using Richard Sherman’s transformation as motivation

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Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman’s decision to change his Twitter name to Optimus Prime caught our attention and it has now been brought to the attention of the man they call Megatron.

For those who are just catching up, we’ll run things down quick. Sherman changed his name because Optimus Prime is the hero from the Transformers who is tasked with battling the villainous Megatron at every turn. Megatron is, of course, the nickname bestowed upon Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson by his former teammate Ray Williams shortly after Johnson joined the team.

Johnson heard about Sherman’s Twitter hijinx and sent back a response.

“Self-given nickname – if that’s who he wants to be, that’s cool,” Johnson said, via Tim Twentyman of the team’s website. “I can use it as motivation, no doubt about it.”

Johnson returned to practice Thursday after a day off on Wednesday that was attributed to a knee injury. With just one touchdown through six games this season, you’d think that Sherman and other corners would prefer to give Johnson as little motivation as possible to keep him off his game. Sherman went a different route and could wind up inspiring Michael Bay to make one more pass at a movie about the children’s toys coming to life and destroying large swaths of humanity.

We’d much rather watch a football game, especially now that this matchup’s got a little extra buzz around it.

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31 Responses to “Calvin Johnson using Richard Sherman’s transformation as motivation”
  1. gregm5s7 says: Oct 25, 2012 6:47 PM

    Richard Sherman loves Richard Sherman

  2. tamvu says: Oct 25, 2012 6:51 PM

    roy. not ray.

  3. cmdv8 says: Oct 25, 2012 7:04 PM

    jsut dont drop anymore balls and we’ll be good

  4. dabeast1377 says: Oct 25, 2012 7:04 PM

    Whether Sherman says anything or not Calvin should be motivated to play this game. What is he gonna play halfassed if Sherman doesnt change his name but now hes gonna give areal effort? Doesnt matter
    just play the game.

    Go Hawks

  5. stoolerz says: Oct 25, 2012 7:05 PM

    Sad when you need to give yourself a nick name.

  6. webehighrollin says: Oct 25, 2012 7:07 PM

    The clown behavior starts from the very top..aka Pete Carroll. So we don’t expect anything less from a Seahawk.

    Most classless organization in the NFL.

  7. doe22us says: Oct 25, 2012 7:10 PM

    Calvin is inching to blow up, and this may have well been it. Get ya popcorn ready.

  8. randallflagg52 says: Oct 25, 2012 7:13 PM

    webehighrollin says:Oct 25, 2012 7:07 PM

    The clown behavior starts from the very top..aka Pete Carroll. So we don’t expect anything less from a Seahawk.

    Most classless organization in the NFL.

    ==================================

    If you think this is classless, you must be a very sensitive person. Also Sherman was Jim Harbaugh’s player first.

    Also how was the twitter name Optimus Prime not already taken?

  9. mrcosio says: Oct 25, 2012 7:18 PM

    The real Optimus Prime never felt the need to ring his own bell

  10. supremekingz says: Oct 25, 2012 7:21 PM

    It’s still a game. Quit being hurt that Sherman is having fun. If it was you playing a quick pickup game, you’d do the same thing and people would laugh and keep it moving.

    I guess the No Fun League extends to the fans too sometimes, lol

  11. drewfl says: Oct 25, 2012 7:22 PM

    You’ve just messed up and turned Megatron into Galvatron

  12. howiefeltersnatch says: Oct 25, 2012 7:24 PM

    Its silly that an all-pro player needs this type of motivation to push himself even further

  13. thegreatgabbert says: Oct 25, 2012 7:25 PM

    I’m a bit disappointed that you know the plot and characters so well, Alpo.

  14. trollhammer20 says: Oct 25, 2012 7:29 PM

    You’re getting paid how much to play football, and you have to look to the media for motivation?

    That’s almost as sad as not catching a TD pass from your starting QB six games into the season.

  15. keem513 says: Oct 25, 2012 7:31 PM

    Its Called fun people stop taking life so serious you only live once regardless of what you’ve been lead to believe

  16. thegreatgabbert says: Oct 25, 2012 7:32 PM

    Now we know why Sherman has such a problem with “bullies”. He goes out of his way to antagonize the bigger kids on the block.

  17. derekeffingnrtn says: Oct 25, 2012 7:40 PM

    He changed his Twitter name as a joke?! WHAT A CLASSLESS MONSTER!

    Gah. Lighten up. Sherman may talk a lot, but he’s still light-years away from Ndamukong Suh territory.

    I’m glad Sherman did it. With any luck, Titus Young will change his Twitter name to Starscream and Brandon Browner will change his to Smokescreen. Earl Thomas could be Bumblebee. I mean…I don’t see why anyone would be against this.

  18. bobhk says: Oct 25, 2012 7:41 PM

    If there’s ever a time for Megatron to break out it’s now. Would love to shut up this loud classless fool and his stupid coach.

    At least Holmgren was a winner. These guys are haven’t done squat!

  19. jgater1981 says: Oct 25, 2012 7:52 PM

    I’m a Lions fan, but I thought Tillman was given the Optimus Prime nickname after Monday night. Sherman is a little late.

  20. seahawkfan4evr says: Oct 25, 2012 7:55 PM

    glad to hear it. bring it on megatron

  21. mintberrycrunch1 says: Oct 25, 2012 8:21 PM

    @trollhammer20

    Living up to your name I see. Yeah, you have it right, Calvin was pacing around the training room having a panic attack from anxiety because he just HAD to “look to the media for motivation”, and it wasn’t there until Sherman’s quote. Or its the fact that ANY competitive athlete, especially the great ones, get fired up when they feel any sort of perceived slight from an opponent. CJ was gonna bring it next game like he always does, no matter if anyone said something or not.

  22. npina111 says: Oct 25, 2012 9:12 PM

    Wow. Never seen so many conflicting posts all be right.

    Goofy to nickname yourself.
    Dum that Calvin needs this motivation.
    Relax! The guy is just having fun.
    Why motivate the sleeping dog?

  23. CaJonMcChicken says: Oct 25, 2012 9:34 PM

    I don’t know if Megatron is gonna do anything. I’m a huge believer of the Madden curse.

  24. bathroomben7 says: Oct 25, 2012 9:49 PM

    Lol transformation.

    Richard Sherman kicks ass

  25. sd1024 says: Oct 25, 2012 10:15 PM

    I think Sherman is angling for a trade to the Jets.

  26. fwbrodie says: Oct 25, 2012 10:22 PM

    The Autobots are about to roll the Decepticons again as Sherman shuts down yet another #1.

  27. doublebro says: Oct 25, 2012 10:53 PM

    OVER RATED

  28. tshirttom says: Oct 26, 2012 10:02 AM

    Megatron and the Lions are going to torch the Hawks 35-14

  29. norcalseahawkfan says: Oct 26, 2012 10:53 AM

    It sounds very juvenile to me.
    Chad Johnson

  30. 49erforlife says: Oct 26, 2012 11:45 AM

    Since when is trash talking classless? It has been is part of the game for decades. It’s now just in front of our faces with all these twitter posts. Annoying yes, especially if it’s not your team. But classless, nope. Not classless because you don’t like it.

    Such fan sensitivity for a sport built for tough men. If Sherman were to only praise him, he would be put down for being soft. And you all know it.

  31. chi01town says: Oct 26, 2012 8:05 PM

    The Transformers… get real.. two grown men pretending to be CARTOONS? this is the NFL play the game an come up with football nicknames.. what happend to PRIME TIME!! thats a football name.

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