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Saturday open thread: Should Calvin Johnson be a first-ballot Hall of Famer?

Should one of the best wide receivers to ever play in the NFL be enshrined in Canton after just one ballot appearance?

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Tonight is the night.

For every eager former NFL great who made the ballot, it’s gotta be an eternity waiting for that knock on the door from David Baker, CEO and President of the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

But with such a loaded class for the 2021 Pro Football Hall of Fame that includes the likes of quarterback Peyton Manning, defensive back Charles Woodson, and defensive end Jared Allen, space is limited for wide receiver Calvin Johnson.

This leads us to today’s Question of the Day...

Should Calvin Johnson be a first-ballot Hall of Famer?

Let’s get this out of the way real quick: if it wasn’t for Barry Sanders, Calvin Johnson would be the greatest player in the history of the Detroit Lions. Hell, he’s one of the best players to ever step on a football field in the NFL’s history.

Nothing was like Calvin on Sundays. He was big, and each time the camera panned to him and the corner lined up across him, the first thought that would cross your mind was: “So that’s a mismatch.” And that was before seeing him release off the line with the strength of an edge defender and reach top speed much faster than any human being 6-foot-5 should ever be able to with laws like gravity and physics hanging around.

Megatron was a very fitting nickname for a talent that was so clearly not from this planet.

Selected to the All Pro first team three times (2011, 2012, and 2013), Calvin also made six Pro Bowl appearances over his nine-year NFL career. He finished with 731 receptions, 11,619 receiving yards, and 83 receiving touchdowns while being one of the most difficult assignments for a defender to take on. Defenses had to account for Calvin Johnson in a way I’ve never seen another team have to do with an opposing wide receiver.

Exhibit A:

And I rest my case.

Poll

Should Calvin Johnson be a first-ballot Hall of Famer?

This poll is closed

  • 79%
    Yes
    (1167 votes)
  • 20%
    No
    (305 votes)
1472 votes total Vote Now