Former Detroit Lions running back Barry Sanders said Tuesday that he thinks current Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson is a lock to be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, according to the Detroit Free Press.
Johnson, currently in his eighth year in the NFL, is on pace to eclipse 10,000 receiving yards later this season.
"I think he's that type of player, yeah," Sanders said. "I think he's certainly that type of player, and there's no reason to believe he's going to slow down or do anything different. He's a dynamic player, and I think most players in the NFL would agree to that. So yeah, I would say he's pretty much a shoo-in."
The Lions chose Johnson with the No. 2 draft pick in 2007. The 29-year-old has 68 career touchdowns and has been named to the last four Pro Bowls. He led the NFL in receiving yards in both 2011 and 2012.
In September, Detroit coach Jim Caldwell said Johnson is "undoubtedly" going to be a Hall of Famer.
"To be fortunate enough to be able to do some of the things that I’ve done, it’s great just to be mentioned in that light," Johnson said then.
Johnson will become eligible for the Hall of Fame five years after he retires from the NFL.
- Molly Geary