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Calvin Johnson update: Still retired

Calvin Johnson expressed his commitment to retirement in his first public interview since calling it quits.

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For the first time since announcing his retirement back in back in March, Calvin Johnson faced the public. After spending the day in Detroit running a day of his "Catching Dreams" football camp, Johnson spoke briefly with a few reporters on site. Naturally, his retirement came up immediately.

"I’m not coming back. You ain’t gotta worry about that," Johnson said unequivocally to Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press.

But Johnson did more than address the obvious. He also shot down several unsubstantiated rumors about the conditions of his retirement.

Many believed that Johnson quit football because he was tired of the Detroit Lions losing. Despite friends and family coming forward and explaining that Calvin was simply tired of putting his body through the NFL gauntlet, the theory persisted. Johnson wasn’t having any of it. "I wouldn’t just quit because we were losing." Johnson said. "It was just body. I was just tired of it, fed up. Just had enough."

Another wacko theory was Johnson was just looking for a way out of Detroit, because he wanted to play for either a winner like the Patriots or in his hometown with the Falcons. Again, common sense prevailed as Johnson completely put those rumors to bed.

But don’t get your hopes up of seeing Megatron lined up with offense ever again, Calvin was very clear he was happy with retirement. "I made my own decision. I’m good with it."

So to update: Calvin Johnson is still retired. The reason he retired is still because of the wear-and-tear of the NFL. And he still isn’t going to come back and join a different NFL team because the Lions are bad. You may go on with the rest of your day.

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