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Stephen Tulloch honors Calvin Johnson in a Facebook post

One of the closest players to Calvin Johnson praised the fellow athlete on social media.

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According to the Adam Schefter report that we're all too familiar with now, Stephen Tulloch was one of two Detroit Lions players that Calvin Johnson confided in regarding his retirement plans (Matthew Stafford being the other). Both Stafford and Tulloch have been quiet on the issue out of respect to Calvin and his deliberation process. But with the cat essentially out of the bag, Tulloch went to social media to express his gratitude for working alongside Megatron:

Tulloch's message hits on a very important point that often gets lost with such a talented player: Calvin Johnson the person. For as rare as Johnson's talent is, his accompanying humbleness is probably even more rare for a professional athlete of his stature. At times, his quiet personality soared over his talent, and that is what endeared him to all of Detroit. For as corny as the WE ARE BLUE-COLLARED DETROIT tropes get at times, Johnson was a true embodiment of that spirit: an endless commitment to work without the desire to be hoisted on his teammate's shoulders.

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