Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson, otherwise know around the league as “Megatron,” is apparently considering retiring from football. Johnson, who is 30 years old and has been in the NFL for nine seasons, released a statement on Wednesday afternoon regarding his future with the sport, and added that a decision will come in the “not-so-distant future.” The Lions released a statement, as well.
According to CBS Detroit, Johnson is taking the decision to retire very seriously, and the reason stems from the amount of injuries that he has sustained during his nine seasons with the Lions. An excerpt from the report is below.
“Johnson has suffered a number of injuries which forced him to miss practices the past few seasons but only three games the past three years.” The report read. “However, Johnson was in obvious pain and took a more secondary role with the team. He finished the 2015 season with 88 catches for 1,214 yards and five touchdowns. It was just his fifth most productive season of his career.”
Given that Johnson is only 30, he could probably have three-to-five good years left in him, should he chose to keep playing. Hopefully for football fans, we get to see him play out those seasons, but ultimately only Johnson knows what’s best for him.