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
Former Lions star trashed his former team during a news conference in Italy last week. From a guy who’s usually reserved and classy, it felt awkward.
The way Calvin Johnson sees it, I’m surprised any of the Detroit Lions are showing up this season.
Johnson pretty much trashed his former team during a news conference in Italy last week. From a guy who’s usually reserved and classy, it felt awkward.
“I was stuck in my contract in Detroit,” he told reporters. “…I didn’t see a 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.”
He then added, “It’s the definition of insanity.”
Now, it’s true, many equate being a Lions fan with craziness. Rooting for a team with one playoff win in the last 60 years makes people wonder.
But fans do not get paid.
Calvin Johnson did.
He got paid extremely well. In 2012, he willfully signed one of the biggest deals ever, agreeing to eight years and $132 million, with $60 million guaranteed.
Some see $132 million to catch a football as the definition of insanity.
But that’s the business. So is this: accepting the team you’re on and doing all you can to…
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