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.