6. Calvin Johnson

“Megatron” changed the culture of football in Detroit and made the team a must watch in the NFL Package.  Calvin Johnson was not just an acrobatic receiver, he was an expert route runner who forced constant double teams and nightmares for defenses across the league.

Calvin Johnson

When Calvin Johnson retired, many Detroit Lions fans pointed at former Running Back, Barry Sanders who retired at the top of his game.  Did “Megatron” retire too soon to make the Pro Football Hall of Fame?  We will find out soon, but we know a lot about Johnson for what he did accomplish.

We know that Calvin Johnson made the Lions a must watch team, regardless of what support he did or did not have.  Johnson would lead everyone in the NFL in Receiving Yards twice, while exceeding 1,000 Yards seven times.  The incredible athlete would be named a First Team All Pro three times and a Pro Bowler six times.  This was a player who caught passes that shouldn’t be caught, and did so on a regular basis. 

The question that will be asked by the Pro Football Hall of Fame committee is did Calvin Johnson play the game long enough.
Unless he changes his mind, we have a major retirement on our hands.

It was reported today that multiple sources have told ESPN that Calvin Johnson had informed the Detroit Lions and a close circle of family and friends that he will be retiring from the National Football League. 

Should this in fact be the case, the Wide Receiver known as “Megatron” has put up a stellar NFL career that includes the following:

3 First Team All Pro Selections

5 Pro Bowls

1 Receptions Title

2 Receiving Yards Title

731 Receptions

11,619 Receiving Yards

83 Receiving Touchdowns

15.9 Yards/Reception 

Calvin Johnson may not have the career numbers of some of the current former Wide Receivers who are chasing Canton, but he does have elite seasons, and was a game changer.  This makes him in our eyes a bona fide Hall of Fame contender, which he will become eligible for in 2021.

Should this be the end of Calvin Johnson’s career, we here at Notinhalloffame.com would like to thank “Megatron” for the memories and wish him the best in his post-playing career.

This must be the say for Wide Receivers to talk about the Hall of Fame.

Lynn Swann, the Hall of Famer who was a member of the Pittsburgh Steelers dynasty that won four Super Bowls and retired at the height of his career at the age of 30 and would join the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2001. 

Calvin Johnson is expected to retire at the same age, but when asked if “Megatron” was a Hall of Famer, the former Pittsburgh Steeler implied in a piece with the Detroit News that Johnson should not join that elite club.

“I would think that it would be difficult for Calvin Johnson at this point to be considered a Hall of Famer.  Calvin Johnson has an extreme amount of talent and ability, but when you start to look at his team, the success of his team and did he lift that team; he made them a little bit better, but at the end of the day, I’m not quite sure.

Hard to say he’s going to be in the Hall of Fame when his team hasn’t gotten to a Super Bowl, and they don’t get a chance to get into the playoffs…and that’s for a lot of guys across the board. If he had broken every passing record, like Danny Fouts, who didn’t win the Super Bowl, then yeah, I think there’s going to be consideration.”

Following this, Lynn Swann was criticized and rightly so.  In Pittsburgh, he was surrounded by a dream team, where as Calvin Johnson has not exactly been blessed with the most talented group of teammates.  Detroit did not make a lot of noise in the past decade, but how much worse would they have been without him?

Stat wise, it has been argued that Swann, who has half of the yards that Johnson has, should keep his mouth shut on the matter.  While that was in fact a different era and the passing game has exploded since then, Swann still was never in the top five in receiving yards during his career.

Swann’s argument about playoff success is also questionable as the Pro Football Hall of Fame is full of players who do not have Super Bowl rings or NFL Championships who have a spot in Canton.  Swann’s induction itself has been criticized as it was openly asked, if he were with a lesser team himself would be enshrined.

Should Calvin Johnson elect not to return to the National Football League, the Hall of Fame clock is set at 2021 for his first year of eligibility.  We wonder if Swann will be vocal on that matter again.

It’s official.

As reported a month ago, Calvin Johnson made good on his claim that he was done with playing professional football and he has officially retired.

“Megatron” goes down as one of the most dynamic players in the history of the Detroit Lions and easily the best Wide Receiver in team history.  Johnson retires with 11,619 Receiving Yards and 83 Receiving Touchdowns with seven seasons exceeding the 1,000 Yard mark.  He was a six time Pro Bowl choice, a three time First Team All Pro and would twice lead all receivers in yards.

While Johnson was an elite player, his Hall of Fame ticket is not punched, as with the exception of Receiving Yards/Game (he is 2nd overall) he is not in the top twenty in any major category and with the explosion in the modern offense, he will drop quickly.  Johnson also has never won a playoff game, factors that could affect the voters.

Still, he is a Hall of Famer in our book, and we would like to wish Calvin Johnson the best in his post playing career.

Onwards and upwards for us here at Notinhalloffame.com, as we have added a new addition to an existing section.  We have added a 2021 section for the Pro Football Hall of Fame and here are the key players worth looking at:

They are:

Antrel Rolle: a Super Bowl winning Cornerback with the New York Giants.  He would also go to three Pro Bowls.

Ben Grubbs, a two time Pro Bowl Offensive Guard. 

Calvin Johnson, the longtime Detroit Lions Wide Receiver who went to six Pro Bowls and led the NFL in Receiving Yards twice.  He is also a three time First Team All Pro Selection.

Charles Tillman, a Defensive Back who went to two Pro Bowls and spent most of his career with the Chicago Bears.

Charles Woodson, A nine time Pro Bowl Defensive Back who won the Defensive Rookie of the Year and the Defensive Player of the Year.  Woodson was named a First Team All Pro three times and helped the Green Bay Packers win Super Bowl XLV.

D’Brickashaw Ferguson, a three time Pro Bowl Offensive Lineman who played his entire career with the New York Jets.

Greg Jennings, a two time Pro Bowl Wide Receiver who was on the Green Bay Packers Super Bowl XLV team.

Heath Miller, a Tight End who was with the Pittsburgh Steelers for all eleven of his NFL seasons.  Miller would go to two Pro Bowls and helped Pittsburgh win two Super Bowls.

Jared Allen, a Defensive End most known for his time with the Minnesota Vikings.  He would win the Defensive Player of the Year Award in 2011 and was a five time First Team All Pro.  Allen would also be a two time Sack leader.

Jason Hatcher, a one time Pro Bowl Defensive End.

Justin Tuck, a two time Pro Bowl Defensive End known mostly for his big game performances in two New York Giants Super Bowl wins.

Kevin Williams, a six time Pro Bowler who was also chosen for five First Team All Pro spots. 

Logan Mankins, a seven time Pro Bowl Offensive Lineman who played most of his career with the New England Patriots.

Matt Hasselbeck, a Quarterback who went to three Pro Bowls.

Peyton Manning, a Quarterback who is considered one of the best of all-time who holds the records for Passing Yards.  The two time Super Bowl winner also won five MVPs, was chosen for seven First Team All Pros and 14 Pro Bowls.

Reshean Mathis, a one time Pro Bowl Cornerback.

The entire section can be found here.

We encourage you to take a look and cast your votes!

Let’s add Calvin Johnson to those who are championing Terrell Owens for the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

In an interview with the Detroit Free Press, “Megatron” had the following to say:

"Hands down. You can't name 10 receivers [better]. You got to at least name T.O. probably in there at some point.

If he was a humble guy -- I'm not saying he's not a humble guy, but if he didn't have all the craziness in the media -- maybe he'd be a first ballot, I don't know. I'm not a voter, I don't know. But I just assume that maybe that played into it. ...

[Owens is] one of the greatest receivers to play. All of us growing up, if you're a professional player or a college player, you're molding your game after guys. You see guys, you see things guys do. Like Randy Moss, I'm a Randy Moss guy. T.O., he's a bruiser. You take different things from different guys."

Owens has been a Finalist the last two years and has been very vocal about his perceived snub.  As for Johnson he will be Hall of Fame eligible in 2021.
The College Football Hall of Fame has announced the Class of 2018 and let’s get right into who has been selected!

Trevor Cobb, Running Back, Rice: 1989-92. Cobb was an All-American in 1991 and was the winner of Doak Walker Award that year. He would tally 4,948 Rushing Yards with another 892 via Receptions over his four year career with the Owls. He scored 43 Touchdowns.

Kerry Collins, Quarterback, Penn State: 1991-94. In 1994, Collins was a consensus All-American, and the winner of the Maxwell Award, the Davey O’Brien Award, the Sammy Baugh Trophy and the Big Ten MVP. That year he Quarterbacked Penn State to an undefeated season and a win in the Rose Bowl. He threw for 5,304 Yards and 39 Touchdowns that season.

Dave Dickinson, Quarterback, Montana: 1992-95. A legend at the University of Montana, Dickinson holds numerous school and Big Sky Conference records. The Quarterback threw for 13,486 Yards with 116 Touchdowns. He is also a member of the Canadian Football Hall of Fame.

Dana Howard, Linebacker, Illinois: 1991-94. Howard would win both the Dick Butkus and Jack Lambert Award in 1994 and he was also named the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year.

Calvin Johnson, Wide Receiver, Georgia Tech: 2004-06. Johnson won the Fred Biletnikoff Award in 2006 and was a two time All-American.

Paul Palmer, Running Back, Temple: 1983-86. Palmer was the runner-up for the Heisman Trophy in 1986 and was an All-American that year.

Ed Reed, Defensive Back, Miami: 1998-01. Reed won the BCS National Championship with the Hurricanes in 2001 and was a two time All-American. He was also the co-winner of the Big East Defensive Player of the Year.

Matt Stinchcomb, Offensive Tackle, Georgia: 1995-08. Stinchcomb was a two time All-American and was the winner of the Draddy Trophy and Jim Parker Trophy in 1998.

Aaron Taylor, Center/Offensive Guard, Nebraska: 1994-97. Taylor won the Outland Trophy in 1997 and was a two time All-American.

Charles Woodson, Defensive Back, Michigan: 1995-97. Woodson won it all in 1997 where he was National Champion in 1997 with the Wolverines and was also the winner of the Heisman Trophy, Walter Camp Award, Bronko Nagurski Trophy, Chuck Bednarik Award, Jim Thorpe Award and Big Ten Player of the Year. He was also a two time All-American.

Frank Beamer, Coach, Murray State (1981-86), Virginia Tech (1987-2015). 280-143-4. Beamer was the consensus Coach of the Year in 1999 and turned the Hokies into a national power.

Mack Brown, Coach, Appalachian State (1983), Tulane (1985-87), North Carolina (1988-97), Texas (1998-2013). 244-122. Brown took the Longhorns to the National Championship in 2005 and won 13 Bowl Games.

Mel Tjeerdsma, Coach, Austin College (1984-93), Northwestern Missouri State (1994-10). 246-82-4. Tjeerdsma took NMS to three Division II Titles.

We here at Notinhalloffame.com would like to congratulate the College Football Hall of Fame Class of 2018.