Calvin Johnson, named “Megatron” as a rookie by the Detroit Lions because of his otherworldly constitution and athleticism, was elected to the US Pro Football Hall of Fame

The voting was practically held on January 19, and the results were announced today in Tampa, Florida, the day before Super Bowl LV

Johnson is 17th Player in the Hall of Fame believed to have played a significant part or all of his career with the Lions

There was no question about whether Johnson had the skill or the influence on the game to warrant induction into the Canton, Ohio Hall of Fame

The only issue that cast doubt on his candidacy was the length of his career Johnson only played nine seasons, which did not allow him to compile the gaudy stats most recipients need to get to Canton >

The fact that Johnson was elected in the first vote was a clear signal that voters chose quality over quantity

“I’m a little biased but I don’t know how to keep him out,” Sanders said earlier in the week. “Look at the numbers he came up with and how dominant he was as a player

“I know it is sometimes difficult for recipients because I feel like they change the standards for recipients almost every year”

Johnson set a standard of his own for how a broad receiver can dominate a game, and few, if any, have achieved it

Johnson had height (6-5, 239 pounds), speed (439 seconds on a 40-yard dash), jumping ability (425 inches on a vertical jump), and relentless competitiveness to bring all of these qualities together on the field of play >

In 2007 he was nicknamed “Megatron” as a rookie at the Detroit Lions training camp

Roy Williams, an aspiring Pro Bowl recipient for the Lions, took a look at the physically imposing rookie and brought Johnson on with the “Megatron” tag

The nickname stayed, and Johnson lived up to every minute of his nine-year career with the Lions

From its 2007 rookie season to its last game in 2015, Megatron was special and not just on the soccer field

He was a quiet superstar who made a name for himself with his game. He was revered by his teammates for his absolute competitiveness on the field and lack of ego

“One of the best athletes I’ve ever seen in my life,” said former Lions teammate Dan Orlovsky, now a top NFL analyst for ESPN, “one of the most motivated I’ve seen

In his first game on opening day 2007, Johnson scored four passes for 70 yards and a touchdown on a 16-yard catch in a 36:21 win over the Oakland Raiders

He ended his career in the last regular season game in 2015 with a performance that was worth the curtain

He had 10 catches for 137 yards and a TD. His last catch was a six meter gain in third and fifth, which scored a 24:20 win on the road against the bears

At the end of the year, there were signs that the 2015 season would be his last, but Johnson avoided talking specifically about his future in his weekly interviews, either during the week or after the games

He put an end to all doubts by announcing his resignation in March 2016, in time for Lions to continue their plans to sign freelance agents

Between his first and last game, Johnson has brought together a career that has been a never-ending pinnacle of acrobatic catches – diving for balls or jumping high over one, two, three, or more defenders for a circus catch

Whatever it took, he followed the ball – and came down with it more often than not

As a three year old player at Georgia Tech, he previewed what was to come with 178 career catches, 28 TDs, and an average of 164 yards per catch

His Georgia Tech head coach Chan Gailey once described the future pro-star as “so close you can’t miss him” like any pro prospect he’d ever seen Gailey had a long career that Positions as assistant and head coach in both college and the NFL included

Johnson was an impeccable prospect, and the Lions were lucky enough to draw him with second choice in the first round

Johnson had a solid rookie season with 49 catches for 756 yards and four TDs It was a good start with a size on the immediate horizon

He flourished in 2008 despite playing on a Lions team at 0:16. He had 78 catches for 1331 yards and 12 TDs leading the league

In 2012 he led the NFL with 122 catches and finished with 1964 set the NFL record for receiving yards in one season – a record that still exists

For his career he had seven seasons with at least 1000 receiving places, including the last six in a row

He was the All Pro first team three times, made six Pro Bowls, and was named the 2010-19 All Decade Team by the Pro Football Hall of Fame

Despite his apparent size, in just nine seasons he failed to produce the high career stats that many Hall of Fame voters use as a yardstick

Johnson is 22 in career TD starts at 83, 32 with 11619 career reception yards and 47 with 731 career receptions

Like other hurdles in his career, Johnson climbed these to reach the Hall of Fame

Rick Gosselin, a longtime Hall of Fame columnist and Hall of Fame voter widely recognized for his diligence in voting, saw no brief career blocking Johnson’s path to Canton

“For some Hall of Fame candidates, you need statistics to prove his case,” Gosselin wrote in an email. “Not so with Calvin Johnson, he passed the eye test

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