Roger Goodell comments on the Calvin Johnson situation

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell does not foresee a trend of early retirements.
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Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson is considering retirement, even though he’s only 30 years old and still among the most dominant players in the NFL. In a press conference on Friday, league commissioner Roger Goodell was asked to comment on the still-developing situation.

Goodell said that Johnson’s potential retirement is an individual decision and not a product of a larger trend.

Via Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press:

After making that clarification, Goodell shared his glowing thoughts on Johnson as a player and as a person. The commissioner said he supports Megatron regardless of his final decision.

Via the Free Press:

Goodell isn’t asked for public comment on every player that mulls retirement, but Johnson is bigger than most players — both in stature and in stardom. If the super-sized pass-catcher does call it a career, there’s a good chance he’ll end up in the Hall of Fame before too long.

Johnson ranks 27th on the NFL’s all-time leaderboard with 11,619 career receiving yards. All 26 of the players ahead of him on the list played more than 10 seasons; Johnson has only played nine.

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