Calvin Johnson thanks teammates, coaches, Lions fans and city of Detroit


Calvin Johnson joked at the beginning of his speech that he was a man of few words. But the former Lions receiver still managed to exceed the 8-minute time limit by 2 minutes during his Hall of Fame enshrinement.

In those 10 minutes, as expected, Johnson did not acknowledge the Lions organization. His relationship with the franchise remains strained, five years after his abrupt retirement from the NFL at the age of 30.

A recent offer from the Lions didn’t improve things.

Johnson did thank his teammates, his coaches, Lions fans and the city of Detroit on Sunday night.

“Lions fans and the city of Detroit,” Johnson said. “When we were 0-16, you never stopped showing up. You were disappointed, but you never stopped showing up. Every week, you showed up. This motivated me to do the same thing for you. You loved me and my family unconditionally over these 15 years. I want you to know: Michigan is our home. Detroit is our city. Lions fans are our pride.

“To all my teammates and coaches I played with, please stand. It’s hard for me to go back and name every single one of you. It’s not really that hard, but I just want you to know I valued every moment I spent with you on the field, in the locker room and with our families. These relationships and friendships will last a lifetime, and I want you to know they helped carry me to this moment right now. I’m thankful, thankful for each and every one of you. Love you.”

8 responses to “Calvin Johnson thanks teammates, coaches, Lions fans and city of Detroit

  1. Money does STRANGE THINGS to people….especially when they have received it before it was actually earned & then have to pay it back because they quit on their team ahead of schedule & thus had to pay it back….

  2. I’m still confused how Johnson got in with his numbers. He’s 32 in yards, tied with a bunch at 23 in TDs, the 14th guy has 1000 catches flat, almost 300 more than him. Brandon Marshall should be first ballot as well with his numbers lol. Yet, a guy like Matthews who never bailed on his team, gets bypassed his final year.

  3. If he’d played at ANY other club, perhaps he might’ve won a playoff game.

  4. Thanks for the great football!

    You were one of the few draft picks of my team that I never had second thoughts about.

  5. He should have specifically thanked Matthew Stafford (who was in attendance), but did not. That seemed a little odd.

  6. Cmon man!! Two greatest lions retired with no relationship with the Ford’s..SMH!!

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