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Calvin Johnson retires: A career in numbers

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According to multiple sources, Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson has officially announced his retirement from the NFL.

According to Yahoo Sports, the main reason for Johnson’s retirement revolves around belief that the Johnson, who played nine years in the NFL, wants to focus on his health. This would not be surprising.

While Johnson has always been a force to be reckoned with at the receiver position, he has also struggled with nagging injuries for the past few seasons.

While Johnson was considered one of the most dominant wide-receivers in the NFL, especially during the past five years, a closer look at his stats might show why Johnson may not be a first-ballot Hall-of-Famer.

According to, Johnson sits at number 27 on the all-time receiving-yards list with 11,619 yards.

While Johnson did break the record of most receiving yards in a season in 2012 with 1,964 receiving yards, he will still sit behind some pretty notable names on the all-time list. Andre Johnson #9, Steve Smith #11, Larry Fitzgerald #15 and Anquan Boldin #17 are all receivers who sit above Johnson in the all-time receiving-yards list and also, at this time, are still active players in the NFL.

Johnson did, however, place himself at #22 on the all-time receiving-touchdown list with 83 touchdowns according to The only two active players that sit above Johnson on that list is Chargers tight-end Antonio Gates at #7 on the list with 104 touchdowns and Cardinals wide-receiver Larry Fitzgerald at #11 with 98 touchdowns.

Johnson may not have put up the receiving stats that some of the greats did but the stats he did put up; he did in a nine-year span. So whether or not Johnson will be a first-ballot Hall-of-Famer, except him to be in the Hall-of-Fame at some point in the future.

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