Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson has retired.

By SI Wire
March 08, 2016

Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson has retired, the team announced Tuesday.

“After much prayer, thought and discussion with loved ones, I have made the difficult decision to retire from the Lions and pro football,” Johnson said in a statement. “I have played my last game of football.”

Johnson, 30, 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. In 135 NFL games, Johnson compiled 11,619 receiving yards and 84 touchdowns. He sits in 27th on the league’s all-time receiving list.

“Let me assure you that this was not an easy or hasty decision,” Johnson continued. “As I stated, I, along with those closest to me, have put a lot of time, deliberation and prayer into this decision and I truly am at peace with it. I also want you to know that I have the utmost respect and admiration for the game of football. It has provided so much for me and my family and I will be forever grateful to the game.”

Johnson was selected by the Lions in the first round of the 2007 NFL draft out of Georgia Tech. He was a three-time first team All-Pro selection from 2011 to ’13 and a second team pick in 2010.

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He finishes his career with seven 1,000-yard receiving seasons.

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