Megatron. For those who love the game, that is how we’ll always remember Calvin Johnson and his talented, explosive time with the Detroit Lions. Oh, and for helping us to understand that we really don’t know what a catch is…
Drafted #2 overall in 2007 by the Lions, Johnson immediately became an elite receiver, holding both team and NFL records that still stand and making six trips to the Pro Bowl.
In March of 2012, he signed an eight-year extension for a cool $132 million, with $60 million guaranteed. He then went on to set the NFL record for most receiving yards in a single season at 1,964. Clearly, getting paid motivated him to continue producing on the field.
And then, in a move that not only shocked fans and is still talked about today, he announced his retirement in March of 2016 due to concerns for his long-term health if he continued to play the game of professional football.
No, I don’t have a thing for the band Kansas, but it was too good to pass up.
Anytime the Lions have played on national television we’ve all been treated to the facts about how long it’s been since Detroit has had a 100-yard rusher.
Despite the Lions run game woes, most fans (and by most fans, I mean me!) didn’t think that drafting running back Saquon Barkley was going to be IT. This was a new era for Lions football, and I wanted it to get started on the right foot, not tied down to a rookie running back and having to give up the farm to get him. I felt that drafting defense in the first round in the 2018 draft was going to be the way to go.
Needless to say, I and other Lions fans were pretty surprised when Commissioner Roger Goodell called out Frank Ragnow, Center, University of Arkansas. As I was digesting that, I was thinking to myself, “I mean, yeah, you gotta build in the trenches. But I’d rather build on the other side. But oh well…In [GM Bob] Quinn I trust, right?”
After surprising Lions Fans last night by drafting center Frank Ragnow out of Arkansas, the Lions traded up for the first time in the Bob Quinn era. With, of course, New England.
They drafted Kerryon Johnson out of Auburn…and there was great rejoicing. After years of having a sub-par (and that’s being nice) running game, general manager Bob Quinn is finally addressing it. After revamping the offensive line, now they add a running back. Might this be the year that they get a 100-yard rusher? It’s certainly starting to look that way.
Here’s how some of Lions Fans reacted to the pick:
Frank Ragnow and Kerryon Johnson are two of the most physically tough players in this draft class. Clear direction here for the #Lions.