Detroit Lions legendary wide receiver Calvin Johnson has been named one of the finalist to be a part of the 2021 Pro Football Hall of Fame class. He was among 15 modern-era finalists that included Peyton Manning, Torry Holt, Ronde Barber, and Reggie Wayne among others. You can view the full list here.
During his 10-year career in Detroit, Johnson put up 11,619 yards and 83 touchdowns. He made the Pro Bowl in the final six seasons of his career and was named first-team All Pro three times. He set the record for receiving yards in a single season (1,964) back in 2012, a record that still stands today, and currently sits 32nd overall in the career yardage list. In terms of receiving yards per game, he’s currently second all-time.
Earlier on Tuesday, team president Rod Wood said the Lions support Johnson’s Hall of Fame bid, even though the relationship between team and player remains fractured due to a dispute regarding the return of part of his signing bonus upon his sudden retirement in 2016.
“We’re supportive of Calvin’s candidacy for the Hall of Fame, continue to try to reach out to him, but it’s going to require both of us to get together on that,” Wood said. “It’s not just us.”
The 2021 Pro Football Hall of Fame class will be revealed on Saturday, February 6—a day before Super Bowl LV. There is no set amount of candidates that must be inducted, but between four and eight will be selected, per NFL.com.