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    Default This is 60 year old rerun!

    Calvin Johnson: “Didn’t see that opportunity” to win in Detroit

    Posted by Darin Gantt on July 11, 2017, 4:49 PM EDT
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    Calvin Johnson hasn’t said all that much about his decision to retire — in America.
    But during a promotional trip to Italy, the former Lions receiver admitted all the losing he was subject to eventually wore him out.
    Via the Detroit News, Johnson told the Italian press that the losing coupled with his own injuries made it easier to walk away.
    “That’s everybody’s goal, when they come to the league, is to win a Super Bowl,” Johnson said. “That’s the ultimate goal. … I wanted to win it, and like I said, I just didn’t see that opportunity [with the Lions].”
    He played 135 games over nine seasons for the Lions, and they were 49-86 in those games.
    And since American sports stars combining forces seems to have caught on in basketball, he was asked if he considered changing teams, when he expressed his frustration at not being able to.
    “I mean, I thought about it,” Johnson replied. “Just like in basketball, you know, guys, they create these superteams. But it’s not quite like that in football where I had the freedom just to go.
    “I was stuck in my contract with Detroit, and they told me, they would not release my contract, so I would have to come back to them. I didn’t see the chance for them to win a Super Bowl at the time, and for the work I was putting in, it wasn’t worth my time to keep on beating my head against the wall … and not going anywhere.
    “It’s the definition of insanity,” he added with a laugh.
    Johnson had previously alluded to contractual matters as a source of his frustration, and to be honest, nothing he said was false. He was stuck on a lot of bad teams, though things were turning for the better on his way out the door.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Suntree View Post
    Calvin Johnson: “Didn’t see that opportunity” to win in Detroit

    Posted by Darin Gantt on July 11, 2017, 4:49 PM EDT
    Getty Images
    Calvin Johnson hasn’t said all that much about his decision to retire — in America.
    But during a promotional trip to Italy, the former Lions receiver admitted all the losing he was subject to eventually wore him out.
    Via the Detroit News, Johnson told the Italian press that the losing coupled with his own injuries made it easier to walk away.
    “That’s everybody’s goal, when they come to the league, is to win a Super Bowl,” Johnson said. “That’s the ultimate goal. … I wanted to win it, and like I said, I just didn’t see that opportunity [with the Lions].”
    He played 135 games over nine seasons for the Lions, and they were 49-86 in those games.
    And since American sports stars combining forces seems to have caught on in basketball, he was asked if he considered changing teams, when he expressed his frustration at not being able to.
    “I mean, I thought about it,” Johnson replied. “Just like in basketball, you know, guys, they create these superteams. But it’s not quite like that in football where I had the freedom just to go.
    “I was stuck in my contract with Detroit, and they told me, they would not release my contract, so I would have to come back to them. I didn’t see the chance for them to win a Super Bowl at the time, and for the work I was putting in, it wasn’t worth my time to keep on beating my head against the wall … and not going anywhere.
    “It’s the definition of insanity,” he added with a laugh.
    Johnson had previously alluded to contractual matters as a source of his frustration, and to be honest, nothing he said was false. He was stuck on a lot of bad teams, though things were turning for the better on his way out the door.
    The thing is that the Lions were finally starting to get good when he decided to leave. Tiki Barber was with the Giants when he retired because he didn't think they were going any where and after he left they won a few superbowls. I hope the Lions can do the same.

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    Probably 20 quality players or more have left the Lions in the last 60 years, like CJ, Barry Sanders, and others, or just played out there contracts and sign with other teams as free agents, because of all the losing in Detroit. That is really sad. This and career ending injuries along draft busts has killed this team from ever be a championship team. A lack of top quality coaching didn't help the matter either.

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