Son of NFL Hall of Fame WR Jerry Rice throws shade at Michigan State

Brenden Rice, son of former NFL great Jerry Rice, signed to play college football at Colorado this past December. His commitment was to Buffalos’ head coach Mel Tucker, who decided to leave to take over for Mark Dantonio at Michigan State. Apparently, Rice, who was also recruited by Michigan is not too happy with the … Read more

Could Lions WR Marvin Jones break Calvin Johnson’s NFL record?

In 2012, former Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson gave us the greatest single season in terms of receiving yards in NFL history. During that season, Johnson caught 122 balls for 1,964 yards, shattering the previous record of 1,848 receiving yards that Hall of Fame receiver Jerry Rice had back in 1995. Since the record … Read more

WATCH: Bo Jackson’s ‘Tecmo Bo’ 2017 Kia Sorento ad

Kia went straight old school when promoting one of their all-new SUV’s. An arcade game released back in the late 1980’s known as ‘Tecmo Bowl’ is one of the all-time greatest sports games ever created. The game was originally just in arcade form, but its popularity grew and soon found itself available on actual game … Read more

Wake up, Mike Florio! Calvin Johnson is definitely a Hall of Famer

NOTE: The views expressed in this EDITORIAL do not necessarily reflect the views of Detroit Sports Nation or a majority of its writers and should not be misconstrued as such. The views contained within are the views of the author and the author alone. If you happened to catch “The Dan Patrick Show” on Tuesday, you were … Read more

ON THIS DAY: First ever Sports Illustrated issue is published in 1954

Ranging from the world of College Football to the diamonds of Major League Baseball, Sports Illustrated has become an extremely iconic ‘sports based’ magazine. SI has its usual segments that are seen in every issue published, such as ‘Who’s Hot, Who’s Not’, which covers athletes who are going strong in their respective sports and athletes … Read more

TBT: Detroit Lions draft Calvin Johnson [Video]

Still holding the NFL record for the longest first round in draft history to this day, the 2007 NFL Draft saw quite the talent be selected, whether it was in the first round or not. The first round would last a total of six hours and eight minutes. It had names such as Adrian Peterson, Patrick Willis, Darrelle Revis, Marshawn Lynch, Reggie Nelson, Joe Thomas and Greg Olsen called within the first round. Another name called, would end up being one of the best draft picks in Detroit Lions history.

Holding the number two overall pick, the Lions would select wide receiver, Calvin Johnson from Georgia Tech, becoming the fourth wide receiver taken by the Lions over the past five years at the time. Projected by many as the the projected number one overall pick, the Lions struck gold with Johnson falling to them. JaMarcus Russell would ultimately be selected number one overall by the Oakland Raiders and go onto be one of the biggest NFL Draft busts in history.

Having quite the career at Georgia Tech, Johnson received All-American honors in 2005 & 2006, won the Biletnikoff Award (America’s top college football receiver) and the Paul Warfield Award (nation’s top collegiate receiver) in 2006, was first-team All-ACC in 2004, 2005 & 2006, and was the ACC Player of the Year in 2006. The accolades spoke for themselves at the college rankings and many saw the transition to the professional side of football being very smooth for Johnson. With a talent level that doesn’t come around very often, Calvin Johnson made his presence known in the NFL.

Earning the nickname ‘Megatron’ along the way, he seemed to be able to do things that nobody else could. The way he shifted his body in mid air to be able to put himself in a better position to make a certain catch was unbelievable. His speed for such a tall guy was extremely impressive and he had one of the best set of hands on a wide receiver that anybody had ever seen. There would be only two of the nine seasons that Johnson played in the NFL were he didn’t eclipse 1,000 receiving yards in a season.

He did however break Hall of Famer, Jerry Rice‘s single-season receiving yards record back in 2012. He would break the record on Monday Night Football against the Atlanta Falcons as he would eclipse the 1,848 mark set by Rice and finish with 1,892 receiving yards at the conclusion of the game. ‘Megatron’ would end up with 1,964 total receiving yards at season’s end. He would finish his career with 11,619 receiving yards, 83 touchdowns and averaged nearly 16 yards per catch.

Calvin Johnson will go down as not only one of the greatest players in Detroit Lions history, but also in NFL history.

TBT: Calvin Johnson breaks Jerry Rice’s single-season receiving yards record [Video]

It was 2012. The Detroit Lions finished the season with a 4-12 record and there was not much to be excited about if you were a fan, other than one day in late December. On December 22, 2012 against the Atlanta Falcons, on Monday Night Football, Calvin Johnson did something that hadn’t been done since 1995. … Read more

Top 10 No. 16 overall NFL Draft picks since 1980

As you probably know by now, barring a trade, the Detroit Lions will have the No. 16 pick when they are officially on the clock on April 28th. So, that got us to wondering, what type of player might the Lions get at No. 16? Is it possible the player selected turns out to be … Read more

Former Lions coach Jim Schwartz shows his love for Calvin Johnson

Former Detroit Lions head coach and current Philadelphia Eagles defensive coordinator, Jim Schwartz, was never well-known for his decorum. After a player of Calvin Johnson‘s caliber hangs up the cleats, even the most boorish of coaches can’t resist paying tribute to an all time great. Schwartz had some kind words regarding our beloved Megatron, but in … Read more

Top 10 Super Bowl MVPs of all-time

Originally published Feb 1st, 2016 Winning an honor such as Super Bowl MVP takes many qualities and being able to use every bit of those qualities and then some. Being able to buckle down in clutch situations and make a game changing play are just a few of those qualities. Many greats of the game … Read more

Top 5 Detroit Lions’ Wide Receivers of All Time

From 2003-2007, the Detroit Lions drafted four receivers in the first round. To the dismay of countless fans, nearly all of those picks turned to be busts, aside from Calvin Johnson, who went on to be one of the greatest wide receivers in Lions’ history. Despite the recent busts the Lions have dealt with, over the team’s history, … Read more