Calvin Johnson says he considered retiring two years before he did

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Lions receiver Calvin Johnson retired after the 2015 season, only nine years into his career. He now says he thought about walking away two years earlier.

Appearing on Cold As Balls with Kevin Hart, Johnson says pain from playing football made him want to call it quits after 2013. He stayed on the team for two more seasons.

“It’s about the body, it’s about where the team was,” Johnson said. “You know, and my body was performing or putting out like I wanted it to. And come Sundays, you’re out there pregame, and you’re just like, ‘Shoot, I don’t even feel like playing today.’ That’s how it was like my last year. But my body, it changes your mindset. That pain, it changes your mindset.”

He said the pain was the worst after his seventh season, the 2013 campaign.

“I came home after that season, I was like, ‘Man, I don’t think I’ve got it anymore,” Johnson said. “‘I think I’m going to retire. I’m done.'”

In those two extra seasons, Johnson generated 1,077 yards and 1,214 yards.

A rift emerged between Johnson after the retired and the Lions demanded repayment of signing bonus money under a contract he signed after the 2011 season. He would have owed a lot more money to Detroit if he’d retired after the 2013 season.

11 responses to “Calvin Johnson says he considered retiring two years before he did

  1. I still don’t understand why athletes believe they are entitled to multi-million dollar bonuses for work they did not perform. Worse yet, many in the sports media agree with them. The rich get richer.

  2. His pain is from playing for that terrible franchise.

    Terrible back then and still terrible now.

  3. I never knew much about Calvin Johnson, outside of the fact he was an absolute stud on the football field. Now, I wish that was still the only thing I knew about him. He just talks and bitches and talks and complains…

  4. This guy again? doesn’t deserve the HOF and ALWAYS complaining about being mistreated. Please quit talking and try to enjoy retirement

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