Calvin Johnson

Calvin Johnson Jr. (born September 29, 1985) is a former American football wide receiver who is widely regarded as one of the greatest wide receivers of all time despite his early retirement at age 30 in 2016.[2] A two-time All-American at Georgia Tech, Johnson was selected second overall by the Detroit Lions of the National Football League in the 2007 NFL Draft, and he played for the Lions for all of his professional career.

On March 14, 2012, Johnson signed an eight-year, $132 million contract extension with the Lions, one of the largest sports contracts ever.[3] Johnson had a rare combination of size (6 ft 5 in and 239 lbs), catching ability, speed (40-yard dash in 4.35 seconds), strength, leaping ability,[4][5] and body control. He was nicknamed Megatron, after a Transformers character; the name was given to him by Lions teammate Roy Williams and caught on with fans.

On December 22, 2012, Johnson broke Jerry Rice's single-season record of 1,848 receiving yards, and finished the 2012 season with 1,964 yards, an average of almost 123 yards per game.[6][7] In that same game versus the Atlanta Falcons, Johnson also set the NFL records for consecutive 100-yard games (8, later tied by Adam Thielen) and consecutive games with 10 or more receptions (4). He tied Michael Irvin's record for most 100-yard games in a season with 11.[8]

Calvin Johnson
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Johnson In 2014
No. 81
Position:Wide receiver
Personal information
Born:September 29, 1985 (age 33)
Newnan, Georgia
Height:6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Weight:238[1] lb (108 kg)
Career information
High school:Sandy Creek (Tyrone, Georgia)
College:Georgia Tech
NFL Draft:2007 / Round: 1 / Pick: 2
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Receiving yards:11,619
Yards per reception:15.9
Receiving touchdowns:83
Player stats at
Player stats at PFR

Early years

Johnson was born to Calvin and Arica Johnson on September 29, 1985, in Newnan, Georgia.[5][9] Johnson was 6 feet tall in middle school, and 6 feet 4 inches in 10th grade.[10] He attended Sandy Creek High School in Tyrone, Georgia and was a student, a letterman in football, and a baseball standout. In football, he was a three-year starter as a wide receiver for the Patriots football team. As a sophomore, he made 34 receptions for 646 yards and 10 touchdowns. As a junior, Johnson caught 40 passes for 736 yards and eight touchdowns.[5][11] His #81 was retired on October 22, 2010.[12]

Johnson was rated among the nation's top 10 wide receivers and top 100 players by virtually every recruiting analyst. He was tabbed the No. 4 wide receiver and No. 15 player in the nation by, and named to the Super Southern 100 by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the Rivals 100 by, Hot 100, the SuperPrep All-America 275, and the Prep Star Top 100 Dream Team.[5]

Johnson was also rated as the best player in Georgia, No. 12 in the Southeast and No. 37 in the nation by, the No. 7 wide receiver in the nation by SuperPrep, and first-team all-state selection (Class AAAA) by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Finally, he was tabbed to the AJC's preseason Super 11.[5] By the time he was a junior, he was ranked as within the top 10 wide receivers and the top 100 players in the nation by almost every writer.[5]

US college sports recruiting information for high school athletes
Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight 40 Commit date
Calvin Johnson
Tyrone, Georgia Sandy Creek HS 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 213 lb (97 kg) 4.27 Jan 12, 2004 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:
5 stars
4 stars
Overall recruiting rankings: Scout: 3 (WR); 34 (school)   Rivals: 6 (WR); 37 (national); 3 (GA); 50 (school)
  • ‡ Refers to 40 yard dash
  • Note: In many cases, Scout, Rivals, 247Sports, and ESPN may conflict in their listings of height, weight and 40 time.
  • In these cases, the average was taken. ESPN grades are on a 100-point scale.


  • "2004 Georgia Tech Football Commitment List". Retrieved August 17, 2013.
  • "2004 Georgia Tech College Football Team Recruiting Prospects". Retrieved August 17, 2013.
  • " Team Recruiting Rankings". Retrieved August 17, 2013.
  • "2004 Team Ranking". Retrieved August 17, 2013.

College career

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Calvin Johnson catching a pass for the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets

Johnson attended the Georgia Institute of Technology, where he played for head coach Chan Gailey's Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets football team from 2004 to 2006. Despite Georgia Tech being interested in his playing both football and baseball, Johnson's mother refused to allow Johnson to play both sports after determining that the year-round athletic schedule would be too demanding.[13] In his career at Georgia Tech wearing #21, Johnson made a case for being the greatest Georgia Tech player of all time. Johnson had 178 receptions in his career, good for 2,927 yards and 28 touchdowns. He ranks first in school history in career receiving yards, second in receptions, first in touchdown receptions, and first in career 100-yard receiving games with 13.[14]

2004 season

As a freshman in 2004, Johnson was a first-team All-Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) selection. Johnson was the Jackets' leading receiver with 48 catches for 837 yards and seven scores, which were Georgia Tech freshman records.[15] Johnson ended his freshman campaign against Syracuse in the 2004 Champs Sports Bowl, where he recorded a touchdown.[16]

2005 season

2005 was Johnson's sophomore year, when he earned first-team All-American honors. He also earned All-ACC honors for the second straight year and was a semifinalist for the Fred Biletnikoff Award. He led Tech with 54 catches for 888 yards and six touchdowns.[17]

2006 season

Johnson entered his 2006 junior season in the running for the Biletnikoff Award and Heisman Trophy. Although Johnson finished tenth in the Heisman voting, he won the Biletnikoff as the best college wide receiver.[18][19] Johnson was honored as the ACC Player of the Year, was a first-team All-ACC selection for the third consecutive year, and was recognized as a unanimous first-team All-American. Johnson tallied 1,202 yards on 76 catches.[20][21][22] Johnson's 15 touchdowns in 2006 was a new Georgia Tech single-season record.[23][24] Against the West Virginia Mountaineers in the Toyota Gator Bowl, Johnson had nine catches for 186 yards and two touchdowns, albeit in a losing effort.[25][26]

College record

  • Georgia Tech - Receiving yards for a career – 2,927[27]

College awards and honors

Calvin johnson Biletnikoff
Calvin Johnson's Fred Biletnikoff Award
  • First-team Freshman All-American 2004[28]
  • All-American 2005 and 2006[28]
  • First-Team All-Atlantic Coast Conference, 2004, 2005 and 2006[5]
  • ACC Rookie of the Year, 2004[5]
  • ACC Player of the Year, 2006[5]
  • Four-time ACC Rookie of the Week[28]
  • Biletnikoff Award, 2006[5]
  • Paul Warfield Trophy, 2006
  • 10th place in 2006 Heisman Vote – 43 total votes (76 rec, 1,202 yds, 15.8 avg, 15 TD)[29]
  • Selected for induction into the College Football Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility[30]

Academic activities

During the summer of 2006, Johnson, who majored in management with a background in building construction, was given the option of working on either constructing environmentally friendly luxury condos, or a project building solar latrines to improve sanitation in Bolivia.[31][32] Johnson chose the latter, as he wanted to help the less fortunate.[33] The "solar latrines" use the sun's rays to safely transform bacteria-laden waste into fertilizer.[33][34]


Calvin Johnson Receiving Rushing
Year Team GP Rec Yds Avg TD Att Yds Avg TD
2004 GTECH 12 48 837 17.4 7 3 10 3.3 1
2005 GTECH 12 54 908 16.4 6 0 0 0.0 0
2006 GTECH 14 76 1,202 15.8 15 7 30 4.3 0
Career 38 178 2,927 16.4 28 10 40 4.0 1

Professional career

Calvin Johnson Lions
Calvin Johnson in his Detroit Lions training uniform

Johnson was's Midseason 2007 NFL Draft Projection #1 pick,[35] though Johnson had stated that he intended to earn his degree from Georgia Tech.[5] On January 8, 2007, Johnson declared himself eligible for the NFL Draft, bypassing his senior season at Georgia Tech.[14][36] He was regarded as the best athlete to come out of the draft and was the #1 player on most draft boards.[4][37][38] Johnson was said by ESPN to be able to be productive as a rookie, much like receiver Randy Moss was as a rookie.[4] In a mid-February workout with speed and conditioning coach Mark Pearsall, Johnson clocked a 4.33-second 40-yard dash, recorded an 11-foot standing broad jump, and had a vertical leap of 43 inches.[39]

Johnson surprised many when he weighed in at 239 pounds at the combine although he claims that this season he played "at about 235 and I got up to 238" and that his weight was not a problem.[4] Johnson had told the media that he would not run the 40-yard dash at the combine but would wait until his March 15 workout at Georgia Tech.[40] Johnson ran a 4.35 and wowed scouts with his jump drill results, his receiving skills, and his 11 ft 7 in (3.53 m) broad jump, which is "best broad jump I can ever remember an NFL prospect having," according to Gil Brandt.[41] Johnson is the only player 6-foot-5 or taller, regardless of position, to run a 40-yard dash in under 4.40 seconds at the combine since 2006.[42]

Johnson was selected by the Detroit Lions in the first round as the second pick overall in the 2007 NFL Draft.[43][44][45] This is the highest a Georgia Tech Yellow Jacket has ever been drafted.[43] The Lions were expected to trade Johnson, most likely to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, but the team announced that they were keeping him.[46] The next day, the Detroit Tigers invited him to throw out the ceremonial first pitch.[47][48]

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt 40-yard dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert jump Broad
6 ft 5 in
(1.96 m)
239 lb
(108 kg)
4.33 s 1.55 s 2.58 s 42 12 in
(1.08 m)
11 ft 7 in
(3.53 m)
All values from NFL Combine and Pro Day[49]

Detroit Lions

2007 season

Johnson attended Reebok's NFL Rookie Premiere in Los Angeles.[50] The Lions, being told by the league that Johnson would have to skip the minicamp to attend, rescheduled the camp to accommodate Johnson.[51] On August 3, 2007, Johnson signed a six-year deal with the Detroit Lions after holding out for eight days, and passed his physical in time to be on the field for the start of that morning's practice.[28][52][53] He was represented by agent James "Bus" Cook. The contract was worth up to US$64 million, with $ in guaranteed money, making Johnson the highest-paid player in Lions history (since passed by quarterback Matthew Stafford and defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh) and the highest-paid receiver (in guaranteed money) in the NFL.[52][54][55]

Although he did not start the game, Johnson had an impressive NFL debut on Sunday, September 9, 2007, catching four passes for 70 yards and his first career touchdown in Detroit's 36–21 win over the Oakland Raiders.[56][57][58] He sustained a lower back injury after making a catch over two Philadelphia Eagles defenders on September 23, 2007.[59] He scored his first NFL rushing touchdown against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on October 21, 2007 on a 32-yard reverse play.[60] Fellow teammate and wide receiver Roy Williams nicknamed Johnson "Megatron", due to his large hands being similar to that of the towering Decepticon.[61][62] The nickname caught on well with fans. Williams later changed the nickname to "Bolt" after Jamaican sprinting phenom Usain Bolt, comparing the two athletes' similar height and running abilities.[63] Johnson finished the 2007 season with 756 yards and five total touchdowns.[64]

In 2008, Johnson said he could "still feel" the lower-back injury that bothered him throughout his rookie season. Johnson took five weeks off after the 2007 season and was taking part in the Lions' offseason program. "I know it's there but it doesn't hurt," he said.[65] Johnson revealed that he needed Vicodin to play through the final three months of the 2007 season. He needed the medication to help him play with a bone bruise in his back. "I was on meds the rest of the season," he said. "I was taking Vicodin twice a game just to get through the game. I stayed hurt the whole season, probably because I was trying to come back too soon."[66] Johnson averaged 15.8 yards on 48 catches in the 2007 season.[64]

2008 season

Johnson and the Lions faced the Atlanta Falcons on the road on September 7, 2008, in the season opener at the Georgia Dome.[67] As the official starting wide receiver behind Roy Williams, Johnson led the team in receptions and yards, collecting seven catches for 107 yards, which included one 38-yard catch-and-run in the Lions' 34–21 loss.[68] During Week 2 versus the Green Bay Packers, he had two key touchdowns late in the game, which sparked a large comeback, though the Lions eventually lost the game, 48–25. Both touchdowns catches included a run after the catch (the first catch going for 38 yards and the second going for 47 yards, both over the middle) displaying Johnson's speed and breakaway ability. He ended the game with six receptions for 129 yards and 2 touchdowns.[69] In the following two games, losses to San Francisco and Chicago, Johnson failed to score a touchdown or gain over 50 yards receiving.[70][71] However, against the Minnesota Vikings, Johnson had four receptions for 85 yards and his third touchdown of the season.[72]

On October 14, before the Week 6 trade deadline, Roy Williams was traded to the Dallas Cowboys for a first, a third and a seventh-round pick in the 2009 NFL Draft, making Johnson the Lions' starting wide receiver and the last big threat on the offense.[73] In his first game without Roy Williams alongside him in the Week 7 game against the Houston Texans, Johnson caught only two passes, totaling 154 yards receiving; the first pass did not come until quarterback Dan Orlovsky threw a pass up for grabs at the end of the first half which Johnson caught for 58 yards and the second pass came on a 96-yard touchdown catch-and-run.[74] With Williams gone and starting quarterback Jon Kitna lost to injury for the season, the Texans defense had little to do to stop the Lions' offense but shut down Johnson, winning the game 28–21.[75]

Johnson set a career-high for receptions in a game during the Week-9 match-up against the Lions' division rivals, the Chicago Bears, with eight receptions that garnered 94 yards and one touchdown, but still lost the game 27–23.[76] During Week 10, formerly retired All-Pro quarterback Daunte Culpepper was signed to a one-year contract with the Lions in hopes to spur the offense and earned the starting job for the next two games. Johnson ended his first game with Culpepper at quarterback with 2 receptions for 92 yards in a 38–14 loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars. In Johnson's fourth game with Culpepper, he had five catches for 66 yards.[77] During the Week 14 match-up against the division rival Minnesota Vikings, Johnson passed the 1,000-yard receiving mark for the first time in his career after collecting three catches for 84 yards and one touchdown, ending the week with 1,055 yards receiving and nine touchdowns on the season.[78]

Johnson and the 2008 Detroit Lions finished the first ever 0–16 season in NFL history after a 31–21 loss to the Green Bay Packers in Week 17.[79] Despite the Lions' failures and the fact that five different quarterbacks played during the year, Johnson finished as one of the strongest wide receivers statistically for the 2008 season, finishing fifth in receiving yards (1,331) and 7th in receiving yards per game (83.2), and leading the league in receiving touchdowns (12), despite the fact that the entire Lions team only passed for 18 touchdowns. However, Johnson missed the Pro Bowl, with most experts attributing the snub to the Lions' dismal winless season.[80]

2009 season

After 2008, Detroit's front office and coaching personnel were essentially overhauled by the team ownership. Matt Millen, the team's incumbent general manager and CEO since 2001, was terminated on September 24, 2008.[81] Head coach Rod Marinelli was fired in the offseason.[82] Marinelli was replaced by Jim Schwartz, then defensive coordinator of the Tennessee Titans.[83] Schwartz ultimately revamped the entire Detroit offensive (and defensive) philosophies‍—‌hiring Scott Linehan and Gunther Cunningham, respectively.[84] Detroit held the first pick in the 2009 NFL Draft, and selected quarterback Matthew Stafford out of the University of Georgia.[85] Stafford was named the team's starting quarterback out of training camp, but he battled various injuries throughout the season. Much of the 2008 Detroit roster was released by the new regime, and the 2009 team was viewed as somewhat of a work-in-progress, but Johnson still finished the 2009 season with 67 receptions, 984 yards, and five touchdowns, while missing two games.[64]

2010 season

Calvin Johnson vs Green Bay
Calvin Johnson on January 1, 2012, playing against the Green Bay Packers

In the season opener against the Chicago Bears, Johnson caught a pass with 31 seconds left in regulation in the end zone for what looked like a game-winning touchdown. However, referee Gene Steratore ruled the catch incomplete, saying that Johnson had not maintained possession of the ball through the entire process of the catch. The Lions lost the game by a score of 19–14.[86]

Johnson amassed 77 receptions for 1,120 yards and 12 touchdowns during the 2010 season.[87] He was selected to the first Pro Bowl of his career.[88] Following the 2010 season, Johnson was the recipient of the Lions/Detroit Sports Broadcasters Association/Pro Football Writers Association (Detroit Chapter) Media-Friendly Good Guy Award.

2011 season

In 2011, Johnson had his second best statistical season of his NFL career, reaching a career-high 1,681 receiving yards and 16 touchdowns.[89] In Week 4 against the Dallas Cowboys, Johnson helped rally the Lions from a 24-point deficit to a 34–30 victory by catching two touchdown passes in the fourth quarter, including a famous catch in which Johnson beat the Cowboys' triple coverage in the end zone.[90] This performance gave Johnson eight touchdown receptions through the first four games of the season and tied Cris Carter for most consecutive games with multiple touchdown receptions with four.[90] In a Week 17 game against the Green Bay Packers, Johnson had a then career-best 244 receiving yards in a 45–41 loss.[91] Johnson and the Lions clinched a playoff spot for the first time since 1999, and the first time in Johnson's career, after a 38–10 beating of the San Diego Chargers on Christmas Eve.[92]

However, Detroit would ultimately lose on the road against the Packers the following week on New Year's Day and would find themselves on the road again in a 2012 NFC Wild Card game against the heavily favored New Orleans Saints in the playoffs. Always tough to play against at the Superdome, the Saints wore down the Detroit defense and New Orleans would go on to a win by a score of 45–28. In the game, Johnson caught 12 passes for 211 receiving yards and two touchdowns‍—‌breaking Detroit's playoff record of 150 receiving yards in a playoff game previously held by Brett Perriman and Leonard Thompson.[93][94]

2012 season

On March 14, 2012, Johnson signed an eight-year extension worth US$132 million with the Detroit Lions, with US$60 million guaranteed, making Johnson the highest-paid receiver in the league. Johnson beat out 42 other players and eliminated quarterback Cam Newton to win the Madden NFL 13 cover athlete on April 25, 2012, on SportsNation.[95] Johnson started off the season with six receptions for 111 yards against the St. Louis Rams.[96] In Week 3, against the Tennessee Titans, he had 10 receptions for 164 yards and a touchdown.[97] In Week 6, against the Philadelphia Eagles, he had six receptions for 135 yards.[98] In the stretch from Week 9 to Week 14, he recorded five consecutive games with 125 receiving yards or more, which tied the NFL record held by Pat Studstill.[99] In that stretch were performances of 207 yards and a touchdown against the Minnesota Vikings and 171 yards and a touchdown against the Indianapolis Colts.[100][101] On December 22, against the Atlanta Falcons, Johnson broke Jerry Rice's single-season receiving yards record of 1,848 yards.[102] Johnson was also named a starter for the NFC in the Pro Bowl played in Honolulu, Hawaii.[103] Johnson finished with 72 yards against the Chicago Bears in Week 17, missing out on 2,000 receiving yards by 36.[104] Johnson finished the season leading the league in receptions (122) and receiving yards (1,964).[105] Johnson became the only player in the Super Bowl era (since 1967) to average 120 yards per game in a season, when he averaged 122.8 yards per game in 2012.[106]

2013 season

After a slow start to the 2013 season with only 37 receiving yards against the Minnesota Vikings, he had six receptions for 116 yards and two touchdowns against the Arizona Cardinals.[107][108] In the following game, against the Washington Redskins, he had seven receptions for 115 receiving yards and a touchdown.[109] In Week 7, against the Cincinnati Bengals, he had nine receptions for 155 yards and two receiving touchdowns.[110] On October 27, in a 31–30 win over the Dallas Cowboys, Johnson caught 14 of 16 passes thrown in his direction; he finished the game with 329 receiving yards and one touchdown.[111] In addition to breaking the Lions' franchise record of 302 receiving yards set by Cloyce Box on December 3, 1950, it was the highest receiving yardage ever in a regulation-length game and the second-highest overall single-game yardage in NFL history, behind Flipper Anderson's 336-yard performance in a 1989 overtime win (Anderson accumulated 40 of those yards in overtime).[112] In this same game, Johnson tied Lance Alworth for the most career games with at least 200 yards receiving with five.[113] In Week 10 against the Chicago Bears, Johnson had six receptions for 83 yards and two touchdown receptions.[114] The second one gave him the Lions all-time record for touchdown catches with 63, breaking the old mark previously held by Herman Moore.[115] In the following game, he had six receptions for 179 yards and two receiving touchdowns against the Pittsburgh Steelers.[116] Ovearll, he finished the 2013 season with 84 receptions, 1,492 receiving yards, and 12 receiving touchdowns.[117] Johnson was named to the 2014 Pro Bowl, but an injury forced him to withdraw.[118]

2014 season

Johnson started the 2014 season off strong with seven receptions for 164 yards and two receiving touchdowns against the New York Giants.[119] In Week 10, against the Miami Dolphins, he had seven receptions for 113 yards and a touchdown.[120] On November 27, in the annual Thanksgiving Day game against the Chicago Bears, Johnson became the fastest player to reach 10,000 receiving yards in NFL history at the time, eclipsing the mark in the second quarter of his 115th game.[121] Against the Bears, he had 11 receptions for 146 yards and two receiving touchdowns in the 34-17 victory.[122] In the next game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, he had eight receptions for 158 yards and a receiving touchdown in the 34-17 victory.[123] He closed the season out with four receptions for 39 yards and two receiving touchdowns against the Green Bay Packers.[124] He was named to his fifth Pro Bowl in a row, the most by any Lion since Barry Sanders was named to ten consecutive Pro Bowls.[125] He finished the 2014 season with 71 receptions for 1,044 yards and eight touchdowns.[126]

2015 season

Much like Week 1 in Chicago five years back, in Week 4 at Seattle, Johnson was involved in another controversial play. This time, late in the fourth quarter, Seahawks safety Kam Chancellor punched the ball out of Johnson's hands while he was trying to score a late go-ahead touchdown. Linebacker K. J. Wright then batted the ball out of the end zone for a touchback. The NFL later admitted the referees should have penalized Wright for illegal batting. The Seahawks won the game by a score of 13–10.[127][128][129][130]

In Week 5, a 42-17 loss to the Arizona Cardinals, Johnson caught his 671st career pass, breaking Herman Moore's franchise record.[131][132] In Week 6, Johnson caught six passes for 166 yards in an overtime victory over Chicago. This gave the Lions their first victory of the season after an 0–5 start.[133] In Week 12, against the Philadelphia Eagles, Johnson caught eight passes for 93 yards and three touchdowns to help lead the Lions to their third straight victory and lift their record to 4–7.[134] In Week 8 against the Kansas City Chiefs in the NFL International Series on November 1, Johnson became the fastest player to reach 11,000 receiving yards in NFL history, in his 127th game.[135] Johnson finished the season with 88 receptions for 1,214 yards (13.8 average), and nine touchdowns, reaching 1,000-yards receiving for the sixth consecutive year, and seventh time in nine years.[136] Johnson was named to the Pro Bowl for the sixth consecutive year, but he declined to attend.[137] His 1,214 yards in the 2015 season are the most ever in a player's final season in the NFL, while his 88 receptions are the second most in a player's final season, trailing Sterling Sharpe's 94 receptions in the 1994 season.[42]


On March 8, 2016, Johnson announced his retirement from the NFL after nine seasons.[106][138] His 11,619 receiving yards rank third in a player's first nine seasons, trailing only Torry Holt (11,864) and Jerry Rice (11,776). Since Johnson was drafted by the Lions with the second overall pick in the 2007 NFL Draft, no player has more receiving yards, receiving touchdowns, and 100-yard games (46) than Johnson through the 2015 season. His 5,137 receiving yards from 2011 to 2013 are the most by any player over a three-year stretch in NFL history.[42][139]

NFL career statistics and records

Led the league
NFL record
Bold Career high
Year Team Games Receiving Rushing Fumbles
G GS Tgt Rec Yds Avg TD Lng Att Yds Avg Lng TD Fum Lost
2007 DET 15 10 93 48 756 15.8 4 49 4 52 13.0 32T 1 1 0
2008 DET 16 16 150 78 1,331 17.1 12 96T 3 −1 −0.3 7 0 3 2
2009 DET 14 14 137 67 984 14.7 5 75T 7 73 10.4 19 0 3 2
2010 DET 15 15 137 77 1,120 14.5 12 87T 4 32 8.0 15 0 1 0
2011 DET 16 16 158 96 1,681 17.5 16 73T 1 11 11.0 11 0 1 1
2012 DET 16 16 204 122 1,964 16.1 5 53 0 0 0.0 0 0 3 3
2013 DET 14 14 156 84 1,492 17.8 12 87 0 0 0.0 0 0 1 1
2014 DET 13 13 128 71 1,077 15.2 8 67T 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0
2015 DET 16 16 149 88 1,214 13.8 9 57 0 0 0.0 0 0 1 1
Career 135 130 1,312 731 11,619 15.9 83 96T 19 167 8.8 32T 1 14 10

NFL records

  • Most receiving yards in a single season: 1,964 yards (2012)[140][141]
  • Seasons with 1,600 yards receiving (2, tied with Marvin Harrison, Torry Holt, Antonio Brown and Julio Jones)
  • Most consecutive games with at least 100 receiving yards (8) (tied with Adam Thielen)[142]
  • Most consecutive games with at least 10 receptions (4)[140]
  • Most 100 receiving yard games in a single season (11, tied with Michael Irvin)[143]
  • Most receiving yards in a five-game span (861 yards) [144]
  • Most receiving yards in a six-game span (962 yards) [145]
  • Fastest to 11,000 NFL receiving yards (127 games)[135]

Lions franchise records

  • Most receiving touchdowns in a single season: 16 (2011)[146]
  • Most receiving touchdowns, career: 83[147]
  • Most receiving yards, career: 11,619[147]
  • Most receptions in a single game: (14, October 27, 2013 vs. Dallas, tied with Herman Moore)[147]
  • Most receptions, career: 731[147]
  • Most seasons with 10+ receiving touchdowns: 4[146]
  • Most career 70+ yard receptions: 8[148]
  • Most games with multiple touchdowns in one half: 12[148]
  • Most receiving yards in a single game in regulation (329). Johnson's 329 receiving yards are the 2nd most overall in NFL history behind Flipper Anderson (336).[149][150]

Dancing with the Stars

On August 30, 2016, Johnson was announced as one of the celebrities who would compete on season 23 of Dancing with the Stars.[151] He was partnered with professional dancer Lindsay Arnold. He finished in third place to James Hinchcliffe and Laurie Hernandez.[152]

Week Dance / Song Judges' score Result
Inaba Goodman Hough Tonioli
1 Cha-cha-cha / "That's What I Like" 7 6 6 7 No elimination
2 Foxtrot / "As Days Go By" 7 7 7 7 Safe
3 Viennese Waltz / "It's a Woman's World" 8 8 8 8 Safe (Immunity)
4 Charleston / "Bella Donna Twist" 8 7 8 Safe
5 Jazz / "Ain't No Mountain High Enough" 8 8 8 No elimination
6 Argentine Tango / "Hotel California" 9 101 9 9 Last to be called safe
7 Jive / "Good Golly, Miss Molly"
Team Freestyle / "The Skye Boat Song"
8 Quickstep / "Dr. Bones"
Jive Dance Off / "The Purple People Eater"

9 Waltz / "Memory"
Team-Up Dance (Paso Doble) / "No Good"
Tango / "Seven Nation Army"
Trio Salsa / "Limbo"

Last to be called safe
Viennese Waltz / "I Am Your Man"
Freestyle / "Please Mr. Postman" & "I Want You Back"
Jive & Quickstep Fusion / "Tutti Frutti"
Third Place

1 Score given by guest judge Pitbull.
2 Score given by guest judge Idina Menzel

Personal life

Johnson became engaged to long-time girlfriend Brittney McNorton in March 2015. They were married in June 2016.[153] The couple currently resides in Atlanta. He has a son from a previous relationship.[154]

Johnson is a Christian. Johnson has a tattoo of the crucifixion of Jesus on his left arm and a Christian cross on his right arm.[155][156] Johnson was part of a weekly Bible study group with other Lions players.[157]

In February 2019, Johnson and his wife Brittney were granted preliminary approval to open a medical cannabis dispensary in Michigan.[158][159]


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Jerry Rice
NFL single-season receiving record
Succeeded by
2006 Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets football team

The 2006 Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets football team represented the Georgia Institute of Technology in the 2006 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The team's coach was former Dallas Cowboys, Samford Bulldogs, and Troy Trojans coach Chan Gailey. The Yellow Jackets played their home games at Bobby Dodd Stadium in Atlanta.

2008 Detroit Lions season

The 2008 Detroit Lions season was the franchise's 79th season in the National Football League (NFL), and their 75th as the Detroit Lions. The season is notable for being only one of four winless seasons in American football history (through 2008). The Lions entered their third season under head coach Rod Marinelli. Entering the season with high hopes thanks to their 7–9 record the year before, their best since the 2000 season, the Lions instead suffered one of the worst seasons in NFL history. Losing all sixteen games. The Lions finished 0–16, joining the expansion 1976 Tampa Bay Buccaneers as the only other team to finish a full season winless since the AFL–NFL merger, as well as the first to do it since the schedule was expanded to sixteen games in 1978. Ironically, the NHL's Detroit Red Wings had won the Stanley Cup earlier in the year and were on their way to competing for the cup again when this occurred. This season combined with the Lions' 2–14 record the next year was the worst two season record since the merger. A season earlier, the Miami Dolphins almost suffered the same fate as the 2008 Lions,started 0-13, prior to their week 15 OT victory against the Baltimore Ravens that saved them from an 0-16 record.

The Lions gave up 517 points during the season, coming within 16 of matching the 1981 Colts' record of 533 points allowed. The Lions' 32.31 points per game allowed on defense is the third worst of any NFL team since the 1960s, bettering only the 1966 Giants (35.79 PPG) and the aforementioned 1981 Colts (33.31 PPG). The Lions were mathematically eliminated from the playoffs by Week 11, when they stood 0–10. Embattled team president and CEO Matt Millen, who had served in those roles since 2001 was fired on September 24, 2008. Marinelli was fired after the season ended along with most of his staff.

To celebrate their 75th year playing as the Lions (they had been known as the Portsmouth Spartans their first four seasons), the Lions wore special throwback uniforms for two home games, a replica of the ones used in 1934, the first year as the Lions. The uniforms had blue jerseys with silver lettering, solid silver pants, blue socks, and solid silver helmets (as helmets were leather back then). This replaced their black alternate jersey used in the 2005 to 2007 seasons.

While unique when it happened, the 2008 Lions' 0–16 record was later matched by the 2017 Cleveland Browns, who went winless after going 1–15 the year before, breaking the Lions' record for the worst post-merger two season record.

2010 Detroit Lions season

The 2010 Detroit Lions season was the franchise's 81st season in the NFL. It was Jim Schwartz's second season as head coach. The Lions spent most of the season at the bottom of their division, but with more division wins than the Vikings (whose overall record was the same), the Lions ended up at 3rd place on the final day of the season with a victory over that team. They were eliminated from playoff contention after their Thanksgiving Day loss, extending their postseason drought to 11 seasons, tied with Buffalo for the longest active streak in the NFL. High points of the season included two division wins, the first being a 7–3 victory over the eventual Super Bowl XLV champion Green Bay Packers that snapped a 19-game losing streak against division opponents, and a four-game winning streak which included a victory in Tampa that ended their record 26-game road losing streak. The Lions also sent two players to the 2011 Pro Bowl: wide receiver Calvin Johnson and rookie defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh.

The Lions missed the playoffs for the eleventh straight season, tying a record set between 1971 and 1981.

2011 Detroit Lions season

The 2011 Detroit Lions season was the franchise's 82nd season in the National Football League, their 78th as the Detroit Lions, the 10th playing its home games at Ford Field and the third year under head coach Jim Schwartz. With a regular season record of 10–6, the team improved on its 6–10 record from 2010, making it their third consecutive improved season. It was the Lions' first winning season since 2000 and first 10 win season since 1995. The Lions' 5–0 start was their best since 1956. With their win over the San Diego Chargers on December 24, the Lions clinched an NFC Wild Card spot in the postseason. After their loss to the Green Bay Packers in Week 17, it was determined the Lions would play the New Orleans Saints in one of the NFC Wild Card Games, which the Lions lost 45–28. It was their first playoff berth since 1999.

The Lions ran a pass-heavy offense in 2011, mainly due to early injuries of running backs Mikel Leshoure, who was injured in the preseason and Jahvid Best, who was injured with a concussion in week 6 against the 49ers. Kevin Smith was signed in November as running back, but he too was injured, this time a high ankle sprain during week 11 that inhibited his running. Quarterback Matthew Stafford's 663 passing attempts (41.4 attempts per game) led the league, and they only ran the ball on 33.8% of their plays, a league low. According to statistics site Football Outsiders, the Lions went into shotgun formation a league-leading 68% of offensive plays in 2011. Stafford became only the fourth quarterback to pass for 5,000 yards in a season, and his 5,038 yards passing are 5th-most in NFL history (though only 3rd in the 2011 NFL season).The 474 points that the Lions scored in 2011 are the most in franchise history, and only the second time that the team had scored 400+ points in a season.

2013 Detroit Lions season

The 2013 Detroit Lions season was the franchise's 84th season in the National Football League, their 80th as the Detroit Lions, as well as the fifth and final under head coach Jim Schwartz, who was fired on December 30. It was also the final season under the ownership of William Clay Ford, Sr., who died in March 2014.

The Lions improved upon their 4–12 record from 2012 when they defeated the Dallas Cowboys in Week 8 to go to 5–3 on the season. Also, their divisional record improved significantly from 2012 (when they were swept by all their divisional rivals).

At the end of Week 10, the Lions were in first place in their division following their first win at Soldier Field since 2007. With their Thanksgiving Day win over the Green Bay Packers, the Lions not only won their first Thanksgiving Day game since 2003, but they also went undefeated in division home games for the first time since 1999.

The Lions dropped to 3rd place after their loss to the Ravens in Week 15, and they were eliminated from postseason contention after their loss to the New York Giants six days later. They lost their last game as well, ending the season at 7–9.

Beat Happening

Beat Happening is an American indie pop band formed in Olympia, Washington in 1982. Calvin Johnson, Heather Lewis, and Bret Lunsford have been the band's continual members. Beat Happening were early leaders in the American indie pop and lo-fi movements, noted for their use of primitive recording techniques, disregard for the technical aspects of musicianship, and songs with subject matters of a childish or coy nature.

Calvin Johnson (musician)

Calvin Johnson (born November 1, 1962) is an American guitarist, vocalist, songwriter, music producer, and disc jockey born in Olympia, Washington. Known for his uniquely deep and droning singing voice, Johnson was a founding member of the bands Cool Rays, Beat Happening, The Go Team and The Halo Benders.

Calvin Johnson is also the founder and owner of the influential indie label K Records (now Dub Narcotics) and has been cited as a major player in the beginning of the modern independent music movement. As a prominent figure in the Olympia music scene, he was one of the major organizers of the seminal International Pop Underground Convention.

Dub Narcotic Sound System

Dub Narcotic Sound System (D.N.S.S.) is an Olympia, Washington based indie-funk musical group founded by Calvin Johnson, signed to K Records.

Gene Steratore

Eugene Joseph Steratore (born February 8, 1963) is a former American football official in the National Football League (NFL) since 2003. He announced his retirement in June 2018. Steratore is now a rules analyst for CBS Sports.

Steratore entered the league as a field judge and was promoted to referee at the start of the 2006 season, one of two new referees (Jerome Boger being the other) for that season, following the retirements of Bernie Kukar and Tom White. He wore uniform number 114. Steratore was chosen to be the alternate referee of Super Bowl XLIV, which was held in Miami on February 7, 2010, and was chosen to be the referee for Super Bowl LII, played on February 4, 2018.

Steratore was one of two active NFL referees (Bill Vinovich being the other) who also officiated National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I men's basketball games, which Steratore has done since 1997.

Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets football statistical leaders

The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets football statistical leaders are individual statistical leaders of the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets football program in various categories, including passing, rushing, receiving, total offense, defensive stats, and kicking. Within those areas, the lists identify single-game, single-season, and career leaders. The Yellow Jackets represent the Georgia Institute of Technology in the NCAA's Atlantic Coast Conference.

Although Georgia Tech began competing in intercollegiate football in 1892, the school's official record book considers the "modern era" to have begun in 1948. Records from before this year are often incomplete and inconsistent, and they are generally not included in these lists.

These lists are dominated by more recent players for several reasons:

Since 1948, seasons have increased from 10 games to 11 and then 12 games in length.

The NCAA didn't allow freshmen to play varsity football until 1972 (with the exception of the World War II years), allowing players to have four-year careers.

Bowl games only began counting toward single-season and career statistics in 2002. The Yellow Jackets have played in 14 bowl games since then, allowing recent players an extra game to accumulate statistics.

The Yellow Jackets have also played in the ACC Championship Game four times since its establishment in 2005, providing yet another extra game for players in those seasons.

All of the Yellow Jackets' eight highest seasons in total offensive yards have come since 1999. Passing totals haven't been high since former head coach Paul Johnson (American football coach) arrived in 2008, as his offensive scheme was the run-heavy triple option.These lists are updated through the Yellow Jackets' game against Virginia Tech on October 25, 2018. The Georgia Tech Media Guide excludes the final three games of the 2009 season from Demaryius Thomas's career and season statistics due to NCAA sanctions, but those statistics are included here.

K Records

K Records is an independent record label in Olympia, Washington founded in 1982. Artists on the label included early releases by Beck, Modest Mouse and Built to Spill. The record label has been called "key to the development of independent music" since the 1980s.The label was founded by Beat Happening frontman Calvin Johnson and managed for many years by Candice Pedersen. Many early releases were on the cassette tape format, making the label one of the longest lasting reflections of the cassette culture of the 1970s and early 1980s. Although itself releasing primarily offbeat pop music and indie rock, the DIY label is regarded as one of the pioneers of riot grrrl movement and the second wave of American punk in the 1990s.

List of National Football League annual receiving yards leaders

In American football, passing, along with running (also referred to as rushing), is one of the two main methods of advancing the ball down the field. Passes are typically attempted by the quarterback, but any offensive player can attempt a pass provided they are behind the line of scrimmage. To qualify as a passing play, the ball must have initially moved forward after leaving the hands of the passer; if the ball initially moved laterally or backwards, the play would instead be considered a running play. A player who catches a forward pass is a receiver, and the number of receiving yards each player has recorded in each season is a recorded stat in football games. In addition to the overall National Football League (NFL) receiving champion, league record books recognize statistics from the American Football League (AFL), which operated from 1960 to 1969 before being absorbed into the NFL in 1970, Although league record books do not recognize stats from the All-America Football Conference, another league that merged with the NFL, these statistics are recognized by the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

The NFL did not begin keeping official records until the 1932 season. The average the yards the leader has gained has increased over time – since the adoption of the 14-game season in 1961, all but one season saw the receiving leader record over 1,000 yards. No player has ever finished with over 2,000 receiving yards in a season; the current record is 1,964 yards, set by Calvin Johnson during the 2012 season. Wes Chandler, who led the league with 1,032 yards in the strike-shortened 1982 season, averaged 129 yards receiving per game, an NFL record.Don Hutson led the league in receiving yards seven times, the most of any player; Jerry Rice is second with six. Hutson also recorded the most consecutive seasons leading the league in receiving, doing so for five seasons from 1941 to 1945, while Jerry Rice ranks second with three consecutive league-leading seasons from 1993 to 1995. A Green Bay Packers player has led the league in receiving yards eleven times, the most in the NFL; the Los Angeles/St. Louis Rams rank second with nine league-leading seasons. The most recent receiving yards leader was Julio Jones of the Atlanta Falcons, who recorded 1,677 receiving yards over the 2018 season.

Madden NFL 13

Madden NFL 13 is an American football video game based on the National Football League, published by EA Sports and developed by EA Tiburon. EA's Chief Creative Officer, Richard Hilleman, said that defense would receive various changes in mechanics and controls, one of the first known changes in the game. Part of the Madden NFL series, the game was released in 2012. For the first time in the series, the game was officially released in Brazil, due to the explosive growth of the sport in the country.

This was the last Madden game released on the Wii, the first and only to be released on the Wii U and PlayStation Vita, and the final in the series to be available for non-mobile phone handhelds and Nintendo systems. It was the first game of the series since Madden NFL 2002 to not feature EA Trax and instead only had instrumental music, which was met with criticism.A 64-player fan vote tournament to determine the cover athlete began on March 7, 2012. The vote-in round matched up a pair of teammates from each of the 32 NFL teams, the winners of which were seeded in a 32-player bracket. The cover features Calvin Johnson of the Detroit Lions.

One Foot in the Grave (album)

One Foot in the Grave is the fourth studio album by American musician Beck, released on June 26, 1994 by K Records. It was recorded prior to the release of Mellow Gold, but was not released until after that album had met critical and commercial success. One Foot in the Grave shows strong lo-fi and folk influences, and features several songs that are interpolations or covers of songs popularized by artists such as Skip James and The Carter Family.

One Foot in the Grave features production, songwriting, and backing vocal assistance by Calvin Johnson, founder of K Records and Beat Happening. It also features performances by Built to Spill members James Bertram and Scott Plouf, Love as Laughter's Sam Jayne, as well as The Presidents of the United States of America frontman Chris Ballew, and was recorded at Dub Narcotic Studio, which at the time was housed in Johnson's basement.

Despite failing to chart, One Foot in the Grave strengthened Beck's critical reputation, arguably allowing him to break into the mainstream with Odelay in 1996. As of July 2008, One Foot in the Grave has sold over 168,000 copies in the United States.

Pat Studstill

Pat Studstill (born June 4, 1938 in Shreveport, Louisiana) is a former National Football League punter and wide receiver from (1961-1972) for the Detroit Lions, the Los Angeles Rams and the New England Patriots.

He played in the 1956 season for then young starting coach Lee Hedges at C. E. Byrd High School in Shreveport. Studstill's best year was 1966, when he was second in the NFL with 67 receptions and led the League with 1266 receiving yards. One of his five touchdowns went for 99 yards, making him, at the time, the third player to accomplish this feat and the first to accomplish it while not wearing a Redskins uniform. Since then, eight other players have accomplished the same feat. In 1966, he had 5 consecutive games with 125+ pass yards, which had since been tied by Calvin Johnson.

He is remembered for having been the last player not to wear a Riddell facemask.

The Fruit That Ate Itself

The Fruit That Ate Itself is the third EP released by indie rock band Modest Mouse in 1997. The album was recorded at Calvin Johnson's Dub Narcotic Studios. Originally, the session was planned to record a 7" release, but it soon expanded into an EP. The track "Dirty Fingernails" also appears on Yoyo A Go Go, a compilation album released by Yoyo Records.

Upon its release, the band expressed some embarrassment with the marginal nature of some of the tracks in an interview in The Rocket, joking that Calvin Johnson would start recording every time they jingled their keys. The album features several experimental interludes, consisting of music reversed in post-production.

A limited Japanese edition was also released with 5 bonus tracks, which appeared on the band's debut single, Blue Cadet-3, Do You Connect?

Along with Sad Sappy Sucker, the EP was reissued on CD and vinyl by Glacial Pace Recordings on November 9, 2010.

The Go Team

The Go Team was a 1980s band from Olympia, Washington, consisting of Tobi Vail and Calvin Johnson of Beat Happening.

The Halo Benders

The Halo Benders was a band formed in 1994 as a side project by Calvin Johnson of Beat Happening and Doug Martsch of Built to Spill. They released their first album, God Don't Make No Junk, in 1994. They followed up in 1996 with Don't Tell Me Now and in 1998 with The Rebels Not In.

All three of the band's albums were released on Johnson's Olympia record label, K Records.

Following a hiatus through the early 2000s, the Halo Benders reformed in March 2007 for a pair of shows at the Visual Arts Collective in Boise, Idaho. The band featured Doug Martsch, Ralf Youtz, Calvin Johnson, Bret Netson, and Stephen Gere. November 2010, a reformed version with both Doug and Calvin appeared for a benefit for Friends of Mia, related to Mia Zapata the late singer for The Gits at the Capitol Theater in Olympia,WA.

The Normal Years

The Normal Years is a compilation album of singles, live songs, songs on other compilations, and previously unreleased recordings by indie rock band Built to Spill. The album consists of songs that were recorded between 1993 and 1995 by various incarnations of the band, although most feature the There's Nothing Wrong with Love lineup. Doug Martsch is the only person present on all the recordings. The Normal Years was released in 1996 on the K Records label.

Calvin Johnson, Jr. — awards and honors

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