Calvin Johnson Jr. was born in Newnan, Georgia on September 29, 1985. A wide receiver for the Detroit Lions, he is known for his size, strength and agility and has been nicknamed 'Megatron'. Johnson currently holds the NFL record for most receiving yards in a season and became the first player in the history of the NFL to have back-to-back seasons with 1,600+ yards receiving.
Johnson played high school football for Sandy Creek in Tyrone, Georgia, starting as a wide receiver for three years. By the time he reached his junior year, most analysts ranked him as one of the top 10 wide receivers in the nation and the best player in Georgia. Johnson was a first team All-State selection and in 2010, the school honored his achievements by retiring his jersey number.
Having opted to attend the Georgia Institute of Technology, Johnson enjoyed a distinguished college football career with the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets. He currently ranks first in George Tech history for receiving yards and touchdown receptions. In his junior year, he was a unanimous first team All-American and was named as the ACC Player of the Year. Johnson also collected the Biletnikoff Award and the Paul Warfield Trophy. By the end of his college career, some experts considered him to be the best player in Georgia Tech's history.
After bypassing his senior year and declaring himself elibile for the 2007 NFL Draft, Johnson was tipped to be a high draft pick and was eventually selected second overall by the Detroit Lions. Although his rookie season was affected by an injury, he was still able to impress with his performances. His second season saw the Lions post the first ever winless 0-16 record in NFL history, although Johnson was statistically strong.
Following a transitional 2009 season, Johnson earned a Pro Bowl selection at the end of 2010, after contributing 77 receptions for 1,120 yards and 12 touchdowns. In both 2011 and 2012, Johnson was the NFL's receiving yards leader, was named first team All-Pro by the Associated Press and was selected for the Pro Bowl. His 2012 tally of 1,964 receiving yards is an NFL all-time record for a single season. At the end of the 2013 season, Johnson was named All-Pro for the third time and became a four-time Pro Bowl selection.
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