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Calvin Johnson inducted to Pro Football Hall of Fame class of 2021

Congrats, Megatron!

Cincinnati Bengals v Detroit Lions Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images

Calvin Johnson has been inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Johnson was among a handful of modern-day players who will have their names and busts enshrined in Canton later this year.

Johnson played for nine seasons in the NFL, missing a total of just nine games his entire career. He led the league in receiving yards in both 2011 (1,681) and 2012 (1,964). His 1,964 yards during the 2012 season remains the most receiving yards by a receiver in a single season. Johnson currently ranks second among all NFL wide receivers in yards per game (86.1).

Throughout his career, Johnson made six straight Pro Bowls, was named first-team All Pro in three consecutive years, and was second-team All Pro once.

Johnson now joins the extremely rare crowd of wide receivers voted into the Hall of Fame on their first opportunity. Joining Johnson is Raymond Berry, Steve Largent, Randy Moss, Paul Warfield, Lance Alworth and Jerry Rice as first-ballot Hall of Famers. He is also the 22nd Detroit Lions player to be inducted into the Hall.

To be inducted into the Hall of Fame, Johnson had to have been voted in by at least 80 percent of voters. Johnson and the other players in the Hall of Fame class will be enshrined on Sunday, August 8, 2021. The 2020 class will also be inducted that week, as last year’s ceremony was cancelled due to COVID-19.

Now the question becomes: can the Detroit Lions repair their relationship with Calvin Johnson in time for August’s ceremony? There seems to be more optimism for a reconciliation than ever.

Regardless, a big congratulations is due for Megatron. Well deserved, Calvin. You’ll look great in gold.

UPDATE: Here is the official statement from team owner Sheila Ford Hamp: