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Calvin Johnson says losing was a reason he retired
Wednesday Jul 12, 2017 12:00am

(UNDATED) - A year after retiring, Calvin Johnson has admitted playing for the Detroit Lions was a factor in his decision to walk away from the NFL. When he retired last year, Johnson cited the beating his body was taking after nine years in the NFL as the reason he left the league. Last week in Italy, Johnson was more candid about the Lions' fortunes being just as important in his decision. Johnson was asked about possibly switching teams, but he says he was stuck in his contract with Detroit, and the team said they would not release him. Johnson says he didn't see the chance for them to win a Super Bowl at the time, and for the work he was putting in, it wasn't worth his time to keep beating his head against the wall and not be going anywhere. Johnson, a six-time Pro Bowl selection, made the postseason only twice with the Lions (in 2011 and '14). Johnson's comments last week came two months after he told the Detroit Free Press that he wasn't happy with how the Lions treated him on his way out. The team also made him repay $1 million of his signing bonus when he retired.

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