So long, Calvin Johnson! Or, should it be ‘see you soon?’ The Detroit Lions wide receiver announced on March 8 that he’s retiring after nine seasons in the NFL. Yet, fellow players like Pacman Jones think Megatron will pull a ‘Brett Favre’ and he’ll unretire any day now.
Calvin Johnson, 30, left the entire state of Michigan feeling blue when he announced his retirement. But while some might think the Detroit Lions player is following in Peyton Manning’s, 39, footsteps by calling it quits, some players like Adam “Pacman” Jones, 32, think Megatron will be more like Brett Favre, 46!
“I think he’ll come back,” Pacman told ESPN’s First Take when Megatron announced he was done with the game, according to CBS Sports. “I think he won’t even take a year, if you ask me. I say six months and he’s back. That’s my opinion.”
While Pacman didn’t namedrop Brett Favre, the legendary quarterback is known for his wacky retirement as he is for his Super Bowl XXXI championship. In 2008, Brett announced his retirement from the Green Bay Packers. He then came back to play with the New York Jets and the Minnesota Vikings before hanging it up for good in 2011.
Will Megatron be back on the field for the 2016-17 NFL season? Pacman thinks so. “[Calvin has] never had the game taken away from him,” Adam said. “He’ll understand after that first year, sitting at home, you can do anything you want but it’s different when you’re not running out of that tunnel and enjoying that competition.”
Calvin might have announced his retirement as a power play to get out of his contract with the Lions. If he unretires any time, the Lions will still control his rights, according to NBC Sports. But if he’s a free agent, he can come back and play for any team that he wants. He set the record with the most receiving yards in a single season in 2012, with 1,964, so he might realize he still has plenty of football left in him.
However, at the moment, it sounds Megatron is finished with the NFL. “I have played my last game of football,” Calvin wrote in his March 8 letter. “Let me assure you that this was not an easy or hasty decision. As I stated, I, along with those closest to me, have put a lot of time, deliberation and prayer into this decision and I truly am at peace with it.”
Do you think Calvin will pull a “Brett Favre” and unretire, HollywoodLifers? Or do you think we’ve seen the last of Megatron?