LOOK: Former Detroit Lions QB Dan Orlovsky comes to Calvin Johnson’s defense

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Nov 22, 2015; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson (81) adjusts his helmet during the second quarter against the Oakland Raiders at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports

During a recent interview in Italy, Calvin Johnson opened up much more than he previously had about why he decided to walk away from the Detroit Lions. In addition to being beaten up from playing the game, Johnson unveiled more about why he left while still had gas in the tank.

“If I was to keep playing, I would have to play in Detroit, and that just wasn’t for me anymore.”

The former Lions receiver also made it clear that he did not believe Detroit was anywhere near a Super Bowl.

“I didn’t see a chance for them to win a Super Bowl at the time, and for the work I was putting in, it wasn’t worth my time to keep on beating my head against the wall and not going anywhere.”

Since the media got a hold of those comments, many fans and analysts have come out to show their disgust in the way Johnson is handling things in his retirement.

Dan Orlovsky to the rescue

One player who has experience playing with Johnson and knows him well is former Lions backup quarterback, Dan Orlovsky. On Wednesday, Orlovsky responded to some tweets in defense of his former teammate.

Well, Nation, now that a day has passed since Johnson’s comments came out, whose side are you on?