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Matthew Stafford releases statement on Calvin Johnson's retirement

The long-time quarterback for Calvin Johnson spoke from the heart on Tuesday.

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As members of the Detroit Lions line up to say their goodbyes to the legendary Calvin Johnson, Matthew Stafford took the proverbial podium (since there were no press conferences to be had today) and released a heartfelt statement.

"It was such an honor to play the game with one of the best of all time," Stafford said in his short, but honest statement. Stafford quarterbacked Johnson for the final seven years of Calvin's career. Together, the duo combined for 56 touchdowns.

Like many before him, Stafford made sure to note how great of a human being Johnson has been. "He is truly one of a kind in his humility and grace both on and off the field," Stafford remarked.

Throughout the final few years of Johnson career, it seemed like he had really grown close to his quarterback. The two were constantly embracing each other on the field and joking on the sidelines. When Johnson first decided on retirement, Stafford was one of the players he confided in. This closeness came through in Stafford's statement, as Matthew concluded: "I am excited to see what the rest of his life brings and I know he will be successful in any endeavor he puts his mind and heart in to. Thanks for all the memories, C! Love ya, man."

You can read Stafford's full statement here.