Former Detroit Lions receiver Calvin Johnson held his Catch a Dream football camp at Southfield A&T High School on May 20, 2017. Video by Kirthmon F. Dozier/DFP
The former All-Pro WR spoke pretty candidly about his time and exit from the Lions in a recent news conference in Italy
The Detroit Lions’ status as a Super Bowl nobody, coupled with an aging body, apparently played a role in Calvin Johnson’s retirement.
Johnson, speaking during a news conference in Italy for Italian Bowl XXXVII in Vicenza, included the team’s on-field performance as a reason for his departure from the NFL. It’s the first time Johnson has spoken about the team’s lack of success playing a role in his retirement.
“I didn’t see a chance for them to win a Super Bowl at the time,” Johnson said. “For the work I was putting in, it wasn’t worth my time, to keep on beating my head up against the wall, and not go anywhere.
“It’s the definition of insanity.”