There are a handful of players in the NFL that have a tremendous affect on fans. Players that make you say to yourself “I was alive to watch that guy play.”
Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson is one of those guys.
Coming into Saturday night’s contest against the Atlanta Falcons, Johnson was just 182 yards shy of breaking Hall of Famer Jerry Rice’s single season receiving yardage record. Yes, I did say Jerry Rice, the greatest wide receiver to ever play the game of football. Many figured, that with two games left in the season, Calvin would put a dent in the record on Saturday night and finish it off in Week 17.
Calvin had other ideas.
Johnson got off to a monster start, eclipsing 100 yards in the first half alone. Sure, why not set another record in the process. He now has the most consecutive games with at least 100 yards receiving (8), passing another legend, Michael Irvin. However, that wasn’t Johnson’s main objective.
With just under three minutes remaining in the game, Johnson was a meager four yards shy of claiming the prestigious record. The game itself was in garbage time but the next play was hardly garbage at all. In fact, it was history-making. Johnson caught a slant across the middle for 26 yards. He only needed four, but Calvin always goes above and beyond. Johnson would finish the night with 11 grabs for 225 yards, as well as a very valuable football to take home.
Buckle up and enjoy the ride because “Megatron” will continue to drop the jaws of football fans all over the planet. And oh by the way, don’t expect this to be the last record he breaks. His work ethic is commendable and he is aware that it isn’t just an individual effort. It couldn’t happen to a better guy.
Hats off to you, Calvin.
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