Sport Calvin Johnson says dad talked him into staying final season; rules out return

22:15  03 june  2018
22:15  03 june  2018 Source:   sportingnews.com

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United goalkeeper ruled out of WC finals . Calvin Johnson said he knew 2015 would be his last year in the NFL before the season began. The Detroit Free Press' Dave Birkett tweeted Sunday his " final prediction" on Calvin Johnson is that Johnson retires.

Getty Image. After much speculation, Calvin Johnson has addressed his reasons for retiring from so, I put a lot into the game and it’s taken a lot out of me and that’s where I’m at right now,” Johnson said . He said those injuries helped him decide before last season that it was time to call it a career.

Calvin Johnson announced his retirement from the NFL after the 2015 season, but he revealed Saturday that he wanted to leave a year earlier while also ending any speculation that he might return.

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At a Detroit-area football camp, Johnson said his dad talked him into playing for another year.

"I told him, I was like, 'Dad, I don't think I can do it no more.' I was like, 'I don't think I can keep coming out there running miles a day.' He was like, 'You think you can get one more?' I thought about it. ... I was like, 'All right, I can do it one more time," Johnson said, per the Detroit Free Press.

Johnson ended his career after nine seasons, all spent in Detroit, and went on to play in every game during the 2015 season, but said the final few weeks he was "so stressed out" about how he was going to tell then-coach Jim Caldwell.

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Former Lions star Calvin Johnson says he doesn't think he was treated the way he should have been on the way out . Adam Bettcher/Getty Images. He retired mostly because of injuries. Over his final few seasons , he suffered injuries to his knees, fingers and ankles.

“I don’t even like to talk Lions too much just because the way our relationship ended,” Johnson said when asked about his No. 81 The Terrible Calvin Johnson Rule Outlasted Calvin Johnson . The Final Installment Of The Engelb Vielma Tracker, Featuring The Greatest Anagrammed Hits.

Despite the difficult decision, Johnson said he is glad he decided to retire when he did and ruled out any chance of a comeback while explaining issues he's been having with his ankles.

"I don't (think so), man, cause I get up from the bed sometimes in the morning, I'm just like - I shuffle across the ground cause I can't bend my ankles," Johnson said. "That was my problem when I played, just ankles always stuck or swelled up, I can't flex them. If you can't flex your ankles then you're just running flat-footed all the time."

Johnson said he doesn't have any other major health issues and won't stop his sons from playing football if they want to, but he has no plans to make a comeback.

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