It was though that Calvin Johnson retired from the NFL for health reasons. That explanation doesn’t seem as cut and dry after the longtime Detroit Lions WR’s latest comments.
Just a short time after taking a shot at his former team, saying the organization didn’t treat him the way they should have, Johnson explained by he decided to hang it up at a press conference for Italian Bowl XXXVII.
“I didn’t see a chance for them to win a Super Bowl at the time, and for the work I was putting in, it wasn’t worth my time to keep on beating my head against the wall and not going anywhere.”
Johnson may not have considered a return to Detroit, but he had thought about making a comeback in another city, there’s just one problem…
“If I was to keep playing, I would have to play in Detroit, and that just wasn’t for me anymore…
“I thought about it. I was stuck in my contract in Detroit, and they told me they would not release my contract so I would have to come back to them.”
“I’m not coming back to play, it’s too much of a toll on my body.”