Calvin Johnson retired from the NFL on Tuesday and his teammates, former teammates and those close to the organization took to Instagram to send a bunch of heartfelt, meaningful messages about their time with the receiver known as Megatron.
Here's a sampling:
There are not many memories of Matthew playing professional football that don't have you in them.. You have been such an inspiration to so many, including my husband and more than that, an amazing friend and mentor in this game. You know you will be missed as a teammate.. Being the best receiver to play this game, we don't have to tell you that, but you'll be missed so much more as a friend. Can't wait wait for you to start this new chapter.. With the first line being about retiring and the second line about becoming a husband! We love you Calvin.. And lucky for us, you will be living down the road for the time to come. #thetrueGOAT
My first day in Detroit I was in awe of the talent you possessed, but what I was more impressed with was the fact that you would take the time to show everyone how to be a pro. It was a privilege to watch and share the field with @Megatron. But it was an even greater honor to get to know the real CJ. Thank you for taking the time to have such an impact on my life. Enjoy retirement! You deserve it C! #GOAT🐐 #HOF