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Calvin Johnson reveals the true pain of being an NFL player

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Calvin Johnson shocked everyone when he retired early from the National Football League earlier this year.

The former Detroit Lions wide receiver, widely regarded as one of the best in the game before his retirement, stepped away from football and seems to be pretty happy with that decision to get away from it all.

Speaking recently in his first real interview since announcing his retirement, Megatron spoke about everything from injury to recent hot topics like painkiller usage and concussions in the NFL.


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Struggling to Walk

Despite being just 30-years-old, Johnson revealed that he really struggles to walk in the morning and that after playing through so many injuries, it just wasn't worth the pain anymore.

“When you wake up in the morning, you can’t walk,” Johnson told ESPN in their E:60 of him.

“You know, you’re shufflin’ across the floor. … I gotta go through, like, a little routine when I wake up in the morning to get everything functioning and ready to go. But, the only thing is everything just goes back to gridlock so fast once I sit down, ’cause you know you go to work again.”

In all honesty, Johnson was absolutely right to walk away from football. You see so many players who can barely move when they reach their 40s that it just doesn't seem worth it. 

A couple less years of playing football, on a terrible team like the Lions to boot, just isn't worth the decades of pain and problems that arise from being a professional football player.

Despite being happy with his decision, Johnson did admit that he would miss football.

"I mean, who's not gonna miss it, you know?" he said. "It's ... you're playing the greatest game against some of the best athletes in the world.

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