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Notes: Calvin Johnson shares Hall of Fame honors with teammates: ‘We made it’

In classic Megatron fashion, Calvin Johnson didn’t take full credit for his legendary career.

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Though Calvin Johnson’s play on the field was flashy, his demeanor and attitude were not. While many NFL players of lesser talent tend to try and draw the spotlight to themselves, Johnson was never one of those players.

And if you thought being a first ballot Hall of Famer may change that aspect of his personality, you’d be dead wrong.

Johnson joined NFL Network since being elected into the Pro Football Hall of Fame as part of the 2021 class and said one of his favorite moments of that weekend was sharing the honor with his former teammates.

“They played a huge part in it,” Johnson said. “I think the best thing for me was when I communicated with those guys—I think I talked to them Friday, the day before (the announcement), because I didn’t want it to get out. I told those guys on the offensive line, most of the guys I had relationships with, ‘We made it. We in there.’

Johnson admitted in the interview that during his playing career, he rarely even considered it ending with a trip to Canton. That is, until head coach Jim Caldwell called him a “Hall of Fame player” in a team meeting, alluding to Johnson’s performance during that week.

“I’m sitting there like, ‘Man, wouldn’t that be nice?’” Johnson recalled.

You can watch the entire interview here.

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