Calvin Johnson becomes first-ballot Hall of Famer

San Francisco 49ers v Detroit Lions
Getty Images

Peyton Manning and Charles Woodson were locks for the Pro Football Hall of Fame in their first year of eligibility. The only question was whether Calvin Johnson would join them.

The Hall of Fame announced Johnson’s election with the Class of 2021 on Saturday night’s Honors show not long after Woodson became official. That means three of the five modern-era Hall of Famers were elected in their first year of eligibility.

Johnson’s relatively short career — he played nine seasons — and the fact that the 48 selectors have made receivers wait left Johnson’s first-ballot candidacy in doubt. But he will join Randy Moss (Class of 2018), Jerry Rice (2010), Steve Largent (1995), Paul Warfield (1983), Lance Alworth (1978) and Raymond Berry (1973) as the only first-ballot Hall of Fame receivers.

Johnson made All-Pro three times and was a Pro Bowler six times. He finished with 731 receptions, 11,619 receiving yards and 83 receiving touchdowns.

Johnson, who earned the nickname “Megatron,” was voted to the NFL’s All-2000s Team.

Johnson’s two receiving titles included the single-season NFL record of 1,964 yards in 2012. He had 1,681 to lead the league in 2011.

24 responses to “Calvin Johnson becomes first-ballot Hall of Famer

  1. “Johnson’s two receiving titles included the single-season NFL record of 1,964 yards in 2012”

    Fun fact: He only scored 4 TDs that year. That’s absolutely astonishing!

  2. Johnson is perhaps the most talented wr i have ever seen play live. That being said, he should NOT be a first ballot hofer. If T.O., who had way better numbers and actually played games that mattered, had to wait, then Megatron should have had to wait as well.

  3. Woah woah woah, hold the phone please. Megatron was a beast and was a lock to make it to the Hall as soon as he retired, but how can you justify letting him be a first ballot player when guys like TO, Chris Carter, Isaac Bruce, Tim Brown, and Marvin Harrison weren’t? That just…doesn’t make sense to me.

  4. Took Tim Brown 5 years to get in. Retired 3rd in catches, 2 in yards. Had about 20 different QB throw out his career. Never quit on his team. Wasn’t hobbling around a a a decoy in 1/4 of his games. Never had 300 balls thrown his way a year. Megatron ia arguably the most skilled WR ever, and probably should get in one day, but 1st ballot players should be elite of the elite. D longevity. He only had one of ‘em.

  5. Anyone who is questioning Megatron’s election didn’t see him play. He may have retired early so his overall numbers aren’t up there with some guys, but when he was playing there was no WR you feared more than him. To me the key to being an HOFer and particularly first ballot is being the best at his position and I think you can easily make the argument he was that for at least 3 years if not more. Well deserved.

  6. “Anyone who is questioning Megatron’s election didn’t see him play. ”

    I’m questioning why he went straight to the front of the line when other WRs who had better careers and numbers than him had to wait.

  7. Not a good look for Matthew Stafford. How do you have a HOF receiver and still can’t win a playoff game?

  8. Reggie Wayne and Torry Holt more deserving. I guess if they had nicknames on a losing team they would have made it. O playoff wins for Overratedtron.

  9. No way he’s first ballot when TO had to wait so long. He didn’t play long enough or win enough, especially with the rules changes making it easier for him and all WR’s

  10. The only reason T.O. is not in the HoF is because he pissed off some the voters. Look at what it took for Stabler to get in- he had to die first. And that man should have been a first (or at least second !) ballot HoFer. It says more about the HoF voters than those they vote for….

  11. bum65 says:
    February 6, 2021 at 11:33 pm
    Reggie Wayne and Torry Holt more deserving. I guess if they had nicknames on a losing team they would have made it. O playoff wins for Overratedtron

    I think you would be pretty hard pressed to find a GM who If given the choice between the 3 would take holt or Wayne over CJ.

    Calvin Johnson on one of those good Manning colts teams would have been unreal.

  12. “Reggie Wayne and Torry Holt more deserving.”
    _______________________________

    Reggie Wayne and Torry Holt weren’t even the best receivers on their own teams, let alone the league.

Leave a Reply

You must be logged in to leave a comment. Not a member? Register now!

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.