Detroit Lions superstar Calvin Johnson announced Tuesday that after nine seasons in the NFL, he is retiring from the sport at the age of 30.
Johnson was the Lions' leading receiver in 2015 with 1,214 yards and nine touchdowns. He leaves the league 27th on the NFL's all-time receiving yards list with 11,619, and 22nd on the all-time receiving touchdowns list with 83. In a statement released by the Lions, Johnson didn't give any reasoning for his decision but said that he has "put a lot of time, deliberation and prayer into this decision and I truly am at peace with it."
Current and former NFL players from across the league saluted Johnson for his incredible career.
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An amazing and rare talent both on and off the field, and I feel lucky to have been able to see him play. https://t.co/eSIk8iWr3M— Barry Sanders (@BarrySanders) March 8, 2016
When I signed with the Detroit Lions I met a young man by the name of Calvin Johnson Jr...a humble superstar who spoke with his actions not his words. After watching him during our first practice together I knew I was going to be witness to something very special. In the 4 years I was there I saw him evolve from really good to great to unstoppable. I can only describe it like a Super Hero realizing his Super Powers one day at a time until he realized he was there to save the city. CJ is a man of few words but I knew by how much he loved Detroit and by his work ethic I realized he embraced the responsibility of bringing pride to Michigan which HE DID time & time again. It was a pleasure to watch, honor to play with and joy to kick it wit you bro. You gave the game everything you had in every game you played and out worked every dollar you made. You are one of few shinning examples of how I will not only teach my kids to approach sports but how to approach life. Never told you this but this is how I saw you when we played together... You stood like a Giant amongst Boys, toiled like a Peasant amongst Kings and blessed us with your presence like a God amongst Men You may be Megatron to the masses but you just CJ to me. Enjoy retirement homie! Love, Nate B #LionBloodForever
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I'm so happy for Calvin, to go out on his terms is exactly what he is; rare. Somehow I got to play 5 years with him and what he accomplished— Dan Orlovsky (@danorlovsky7) March 8, 2016
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One of the greats of my era! An athletic freak, intense competitor, and true pro! https://t.co/uzjiHXsAhe— Greg Jennings (@GregJennings) March 8, 2016
Dang @calvinjohnsonjr man you had more years left man the game will miss you but cornerbacks won't lol goodluck in life— DeAngelo Williams (@DeAngeloRB) March 8, 2016
Thank you Calvin!!— Travis Benjamin (@TravisBenjamin3) March 8, 2016
Lawd!! Calvin, Peyton, Charles, and Jared all retired this year.— Anthony Armstrong (@MrArmstrong13) March 8, 2016