Matthew Stafford Comments on Calvin Johnson’s Decision to Retire

March 28, 2016   ·     ·   Jump to comments

Former Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson retired in the offseason after just nine NFL seasons and while seemingly at the top of his game. Commenting on Megatron's decision, Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford seemed to understand his choice.
While speaking with reporters in Georgia on Friday, Stafford said the wear and tear of pro football ultimately caught up with arguably the greatest receiver of this generation, per the Georgia Bulldogs' official website (h/t Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press):
Not to say that I expected it, but I wasn't shocked. I've known Calvin for seven years and know the effort and the attitude that he plays with, and it takes a toll on people. And he was catching quite a few passes and getting hit quite a bunch, and so it takes a toll. And he's a guy that from an offensive standpoint was touching the ball or carrying the ball just as much as anybody. So I knew the NFL was kind of wearing on him and I just told him, when he told me he was...

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