Calvin Johnson says there’s no chance of a comeback, thanks to his ankle injuries

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Last season reports surfaced that teams were interested in bringing former Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson out of retirement. Megatron says that will not happen.

Johnson told Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press that he wouldn’t be able to play football again even if he wanted to because of the effects of the multiple ankle injuries he suffered as a player.

“I don’t [think so], man, cause I get up from the bed sometimes in the morning, I’m just like, I shuffle across the ground cause I can’t bend my ankles,” Johnson said. “That was my problem when I played, just ankle’s always stuck or swelled up, I can’t flex them. If you can’t flex your ankles then you’re just running flat-footed all the time.”

Johnson said he’s otherwise healthy and feels no effects from concussions, and he said he wouldn’t stop his sons from playing football. But as for him, he’s done.

31 responses to “Calvin Johnson says there’s no chance of a comeback, thanks to his ankle injuries

  1. I guess that’s one of the consequences we overlook about football the game. Megatron’s right, though, why come back if you can’t be Megatron, enjoy retirement.

  2. Interesting story, but can you run another one talking about the NFL supporting the “Pride” parade? I’ve always said, nothing says NFL like a bunch of guys dancing around in leather…

  3. Good luck getting this under control enough to live a normal life. This doesn’t sound good at all. You made enough money to take care of your family several times over and gave a lot to the city and the fans. Now is time to ride off and heal. This is the right decision.

  4. It’s a good thing he quit. He was always really banged up in his later years. Awesome talent but his body was breaking down.

  5. Impressive unaminous 1st-rd HoF level stats. But the Lions always paid very dearly for every yard with at the time one of the biggest ever sports contracts. But during his 9yrs, the Lions went 54-90 and just 2 playoff games (both losses), which shows the foolishness of so massively investing in one guy in the Cap era, especially a non-QB. Part of me can’t help but see it as the team just wanting to pin it all on another Barry Sanders-like figure – that didn’t win championships either (78-82, 1-6 playoffs in Sanders’ day), but still easily milks their long-suffering fans into watching and having for a hero.

  6. eagleswin says:
    June 3, 2018 at 7:44 am
    It’s a good thing he quit. He was always really banged up in his later years. Awesome talent but his body was breaking down.
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    Yeah right, that last year (2015) he only played 16 games and got a mere 1214 yds.

  7. streetyson says:
    June 3, 2018 at 8:16 am
    Impressive unaminous 1st-rd HoF level stats. But the Lions always paid very dearly for every yard with at the time one of the biggest ever sports contracts. But during his 9yrs, the Lions went 54-90 and just 2 playoff games (both losses), which shows the foolishness of so massively investing in one guy in the Cap era, especially a non-QB. Part of me can’t help but see it as the team just wanting to pin it all on another Barry Sanders-like figure – that didn’t win championships either (78-82, 1-6 playoffs in Sanders’ day), but still easily milks their long-suffering fans into watching and having for a hero.

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    Um, I don’t think its a cap issue with the Lions, it’s the organization. At least the Lions put some great players out there that were fun to watch…unlike the Browns, who only had Joe Thomas.

  8. streetyson says:
    June 3, 2018 at 8:42 am
    eagleswin says:
    June 3, 2018 at 7:44 am
    It’s a good thing he quit. He was always really banged up in his later years. Awesome talent but his body was breaking down.
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    Yeah right, that last year (2015) he only played 16 games and got a mere 1214 yds.
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    Exactly. Imagine if he was healthy. I remember he made a ridiculous one-handed, toe-tapping grab in the end zone against GB on Thanksgiving Day his last year.

  9. Megatron is clearly covering up the fact he has absolutely no desire to go back to that dumpster fire squad in Detroit!

  10. Matt Patricia’s game plan-get Calvin Johnson, Barry Sanders, Dick LeBeau, & Curly Culp to un-retire…then lose Thanksgiving Day and finish 6-10.

  11. I remember whey Barry retired, a year short of the rushing record, and I went “Why now? Just hang on another year!” Then I read the SI cover story where Earl Campbell said that he couldn’t get up a flight of stairs without pausing at least once to rest his joints. I’ll never criticize one of these guys again for saying “Nah, I’ve had enough.”

  12. I remember my first trip to the Hall of Fame in Canton. Watching those guys getting out of their limos made me understand why Megatron doesn’t want to come back. They broke their bodies for the game we all love, give him some slack he gave us memories.

  13. The one thing that surprises me is that people are always surprised about players’ medical mobility problems in their post-NFL years. What is there to be surprised about? If you drove a car off a cliff would you be surprised it wound up with a massive amount of body damage? DOH!

  14. Athans Sports Talk says:
    June 3, 2018 at 9:12 am

    Um, I don’t think its a cap issue with the Lions, it’s the organization. At least the Lions put some great players out there that were fun to watch…unlike the Browns, who only had Joe Thomas.
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    “We are less pathetic than you!”
    — An argument between fans of the Lions and Browns

  15. It’s nice reading fans acknowledging that the guy gave everything he had, but enough is enough. Wish him the best in retirement!

  16. Before you hate, remember we have one playoff win in 61 YEARS and 0-16 season in the books… says:

    June 3, 2018 at 8:58 am

    Not only did Detroit waste his talent away all those years, but the permanently broke him as well. Very sad and disappointing story about this man, he deserves a chance at ring and was cursed and ruined by the L0Lions!!!
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    Bobby Layne curse….very impressive!!!! WOW.

  17. your6ringsaremeaninglessnow says:

    June 3, 2018 at 1:38 pm

    Greatest WR of all time not named Jerry Rice. And I’d take Megatron in 2012 over any given year of Jerry Rice.
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    Must be some good smoke!

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