What an honor! How thrilling! Former Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson has been voted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

This year, 2021, is the first year that Johnson was eligible to be enshrined in Canton, Ohio, so it's even more of an honor. And, he is included in a class of inductees that's not too shabby, either.

ESPN sports reported that Johnson is joined by Payton Manning, making it in his first year of eligibility too, along with former Raiders and Green Bay Packers defensive back Charles Woodson, current San Francisco 49ers general manager and former Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Denver Broncos defensive back John Lynch, and former Pittsburgh Steelers guard Alan Faneca.

Also included in the Class of 2021 is former Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Drew Pearson, who was elected as a senior inductee, and former Steelers scout/personnel executive Bill Nunn, who will be posthumously enshrined in the contributor category. Former Raiders and Seattle Seahawks coach Tom Flores, the lone candidate in the new coach category this year, is also bound for Canton.

Fox 17 reported that Johnson, in his 10 seasons with the Lions, poured in 11,619 yards and 83 touchdowns, making the Pro Bowl six times and being named a first-team All-Pro three teams.

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Back in 2012, Johnson set the record for receiving yards in a single season (1,964). That record still stands today.

One year later, Johnson had 329 yards in a win against the Dallas Cowboys. That single-game mark is still the second highest in NFL history.

Johnson currently sits 32nd overall in the career yardage list among wide receivers, and second all-time in receiving yards per game.

The Detroit Free Press reported that Johnson was surprised at his home by Hall of Fame president David Baker. Johnson alternated between smiles, laughter and tears as Baker talked about Johnson’s future bust that will be displayed in the Hall in Canton, Ohio.

Way to go Magatron, a name given to him by fellow teammate and wide receiver Roy Williams. He said he nicknamed Johnson "Megatron", the fictional nemesis of the Autobot leader Optimus Prime, due to his large hands being similar to that of the towering Decepticon.

How sweet it was, Calvin!


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