Calvin Johnson was a wide receiver for the Detroit Lions, who has played from his 2007 NFL draft to 2016. Even though he left the field years ago, the former NFL player is still of great importance as many people want to know more about him and what he has done since he left. Here is everything you need to know.
Calvin Johnson’s Bio
The former Detroit Lions man was born September 29, 1985, in Newnan, Georgia. He was born, along with three other siblings, by their parents, Arica Johnson and Calvin Johnson Sr.
Johnson attended Sandy Creek High School in Tyrone, Georgia, and from there he transferred to the Georgia Institute of Technology to study engineering. Calvin has been interested in soccer since his childhood, and during his school years, he had the opportunity to improve himself by playing for Georgia Tech.
While playing for the college team, Calvin had several successes, including making the first team of the All-American Freshman All-American in 2004 and being named ACC Rookie of the Year in both that year and 2006. He also received the Biletnikoff Prize and the Paul Warfield Trophy in 2006. Thanks to these awards, he made it to the 2007 NFL Draft, where he was selected by the Detroit Lions as the second overall first-round draft pick.
When he joined the NFL, Johnson signed a contract that made him the highest-paid player in the history of the team at the time, and his first season was outstanding and earned him the name Megatron. Still very successful, he signed another contract in 2012 that made him the highest-paid receiver in the NFL at the time with a guaranteed salary of $60 million.
His great footballing talent was to last until 2016 when to the surprise of many he decided to retire from the sport he had strongly influenced. By the time he retired, he had already set and broken many records, including the record of 11,000 NFL Receiving Yards, which he achieved the fastest in 127 games, the most games in a row with at least 100 Receiving Yards in 8 games, and many others.
Calvin Johnson has also had a number of successes, including 6 pro bowl appearances, 3 first-team full professional appearances, and two NFL receiving yards.
The first contract that Calvin signed with the Detroits when he started was worth $64 million. As mentioned earlier, it was the highest in Lions history at the time. His next contract was valued at US$132 million with US$60 million in guarantees.
With this in mind, it is easy to see that Calvin Johnson made a lot of money in his playing days through his contract. Apart from that he now has an estimated value of $45 million. Apart from football, Megatron has also earned its income from various sponsorship contracts, including a contract with Nike.
Forbes Magazine listed him as the 31st highest-paid athlete in the world in 2013.
Wife (Brittney McNorton) and Son
Johnson is a very strong Christian and he is married to Brittney McNorton. The couple got to know each other and met for some time, then got engaged in 2015 and then decided to close the Covenant for Life in 2016 in Metro Detroit.
Before they got together, Brittney McNorton had worked with the Detroit Lions for some time. In 2008, she began working with the Detroit Lions as an intern. By 2014, she had already made the promotion to the promotion manager.
Britney McNorton is a graduate of Michigan State University, where she earned a Bachelor of Art and Communication with a focus on public relations.
Although Johnson and his wife will not have children yet, the former NFL player has a son from a previous relationship he had with Shallyn Blanton. The son, Calvin Jr, was born in 2013.
Height and Weight
In addition to his dedication, his skills, and his hard work, it was above all his greatness that helped Lion’s former wide receiver become the great player he was. The most interesting thing about the whole thing is that it didn’t limit his speed or his playing abilities.
He has a height of 1.96 m (6 ft. 5 in) and a bodyweight of 108 kg (237 lb.).