Calvin Johnson Jr., also known as Megatron, was officially enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame this past Sunday. Johnson, a native of Tyrone, Georgia, is Georgia Tech’s all-time career leader in receiving yards, 100-yard receiving games and touchdown receptions. Over the past 5 years, Johnson has had a Hall of Fame experience on his professional & social calendars. In 2016, he was inducted into Georgia Tech’s Sports Hall of Fame. In 2018, he was inducted in the College Football Hall of Fame. In 2019, Johnson was inducted into the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame and the Atlanta Sports Hall of Fame in 2020. His football journey would not be complete until Megatron was enshrined in Canton!
Johnson joined Jim Brown and Gayle Sayers as the only three players to be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame at 35 years of age or younger.
Johnson was the second overall pick in the 2007 NFL Draft and he played his entire nine-year pro football career with the Detroit Lions. He owns the NFL record for single-season receiving yards with 1,964 yards in 2012 and was an all-time leading receiver who was selected six times for the Pro Bowl. Johnson finished his career with 731 receptions for 11,619 yards and 84 total touchdowns.
A fan’s favorite to select in fantasy football, Johnson was a player who always took care of himself and his family. In his hall of fame speech, he pushed the importance of people doing what ‘s best for their physical and mental health. Johnson shared how he dealt with a back injury his rookie year and came back stronger his second season in the NFL.
“I made up my mind I was going to be the most dominant receiver in the NFL”, Johnson shared while speaking to fans inside Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium. That’s exactly what he did.
During his speech, Johnson thanked his former teammates, trainers, coaches, fans, family and the city of Detroit. However, Megatron did not mention the Detroit Lions organization or its management.
“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,” Johnson said. “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.”
Johnson has a strained relationship with the Lions’ organization due to money owed from his retirement settlement.
Johnson founded the Calvin Johnson Jr. Foundation to provide financial assistance to community organizations and to help at-risk youth. In his second act after his NFL retirement, he teamed up with Robert Sims. to create a marijuana business called Primitiv. He shared that he had nine concussions and he smoked weed after games to avoid opioid abuse, a regular occurance across the league. He shared in his Hall of Fame speech that alternative medicines should be considered when treating professional athletes.
“For those who are out there suffering in silence, living in pain. For those who feel like there’s no hope for better days, with my partnership, I’m committed to helping people elevate their wellness,” Johnson said. “To the NFL, college football and all major sports, including the Olympics, it’s also time we recognize the potential of phytomedicines, plant medicines, to aid and improve the mental health and quality of life for so many.” We see that Johnson has left his mark in the league and during his retirement he’s working to improve the lives of not only the athletes, but also his beloved fans. Congratulations to Calvin Johnson Jr. on being enshrined into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.