Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson hopes Calvin Johnson returns next season despite the Detroit Lions wide receiver announcing that he was considering retirement last week, Peterson told the Detroit Free-Press.
“I hope he [doesn’t retire],” Peterson said. “It’d be sad to see him go with so much potential left, so much left in the tank.”
“You’ll just miss what he [does],” Peterson added. “He’s an outstanding player. Can’t name too many guys that make the type of plays that he makes. So it’ll be sad to see that go.”
Johnson and Peterson were both drafted in the 2007 NFL draft, selected second and seventh overall by the Lions and Vikings, respectively.
In 135 NFL games, Johnson has compiled 11,619 receiving yards and 84 touchdowns. Peterson has played in 15 fewer games and totaled 11,675 rushing yards and 102 touchdowns.
Johnson, 30, has spent his entire nine-year career in Detroit, leading the league in receiving twice and earning six trips to the Pro Bowl. He set the NFL’s single-season record with 1,964 receiving yards in 2012.