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Calvin Johnson biography

Date of birth : 1985-09-25
Date of death : -
Birthplace : Tyrone, Georgia
Nationality : American
Category : Sports
Last modified : 2010-12-13
Credited as : Football player NFL, wide receiver for the Detroit Lions, Pro Bowl/NFL Draft player

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* Drafted by the Detroit Lions in the first round (2nd overall) of the 2007 NFL Draft.

PRO: One of the league’s elite receivers who possesses a unique blend of size, strength and speed. With 3,943 yards, Johnson has the most receiving yards by a Lions player in their first four years with the club. His 255 receptions and 33 receiving touchdowns are also first in each category among Lions’ players in their first four season with the team.

* Career rushing totals include 17 attempts for 143 yards (8.4 avg) and one TD.
* Since the 2008 season, Johnson is tied for second with 29 receiving touchdowns, sixth in receiving yards (3,187) and tied for sixth in the NFL with 30 receptions of 25+ yards.
* Since entering the NFL in 2007, Johnson has recorded 36 receptions of 25+ yards.
* Johnson’s 12 career 100-yard games are tied for sixth on the Lions’ all-time list.
* Johnson is the only player in Lions history with two receptions of 85+ yards.
* With three career receptions of 75+ yards, he is tied with WR Herman Moore and WR Cloyce Box for the second-most receptions of 75+ yards in franchise history behind WR Leonard Thompson (4).
* With four career receptions of 70+ yards, Johnson is tied with WR Herman Moore for the second-most receptions for 70+ yards in team history behind WR Leonard Thompson (5).
* Johnson has now caught passes in all 57 games he has played in his career. His streak of 57-consecutive games with a reception is the longest active streak by a Lions receiver.
* In 2008, he led Detroit with 78 receptions for 1,331 yards (17.1 avg.) and 12 touchdowns. Johnson finished the 2008 season with some of the top offensive statistics in the NFL: tied for first in touchdown receptions (12), fifth in receiving yards (1,331), second in yards per catch among receivers with 60 receptions (17.1), tied for second in 20+-yard receptions (21), tied for second in 40+-yard receptions (seven) and tied for first in 25+-yard touchdown catches (six).
* He was also named an alternate to the 2009 NFC Pro Bowl squad.

2010: Fourth season as a starting wide receiver. Has 62 catches for 872 yards and 12 touchdowns this season. Second in NFL in TD catches (12), ninth in receiving yards (872) and tied for 12th in receptions (62).

* Recorded 4 receptions for 45 yards in season opener at Chicago (9/12). Made a spectacular reception in the end zone with :31 seconds remaining on the clock, however the play was ruled an incomplete pass.
* Caught 6 passes for 56 yards, including a long of 21 at Minnesota (9/26). Also added a carry for 2 yards.
* Third two-touchdown game of his career at Green Bay (10/3), the other two also came against the Packers. Had six receptions for 86 yards.
* Had four catches for 54 yards and a touchdown (1-yard grab) against St. Louis (10/10). Left game late with shoulder injury.
* The 146-yard effort at the New York Giants (10/17) was his 10th 100-yard receiving game of his career, becoming the seventh player in team history with 7 100-yard receiving games. His 146 yards are the third-highest single-game tally of his career.
* Touchdown reception for 87 yards against the Giants was his second longest reception of his career, and became the first Lion to record two 85+-yard receptions in a career.
* Second 100-yard receiving game of the season against Washington (10/31) with 101 yards. He tied a career high nine catches, and had a career-high three touchdowns in the win (each TD took lead in game). The first time a Lions receiver had three touchdown receptions since Roy Williams November 13, 2005.
* It marked the fourth time in his career that he caught at least two touchdowns in a game and the first time against a team other than Green Bay.
* With 3 touchdown receptions, Johnson passed WR Roy Williams (28, 2004-07) for the second-most receiving touchdowns by a Lions receiver in their first four seasons.
* His 101 yards marks the 11th time in his career that he has recorded 100 yards in a game. He has 100 receiving yards in the past two games (146 at New York Giants 10/17) for a two-game tally of 257 yards.
* It is the second time in his career that he has recorded 100 yards in back-to-back games and first since he did so in 2008 (107 at Atlanta 9/7/08 and 129 vs. Green Bay 9/14/08).
* With 101 receiving yards, Johnson passed WR Gail Cogdill (3,534 yards, 1960-63) for the second-most receiving yards by a player in their first four seasons with the Lions.
* Johnson surpassed WR Brett Perriman (226, 2004-07) for the second-most receptions by a Lions’ receiver in their first four seasons with the club.
* In the four games he played in October, Johnson was quite formidable throughout the month of October as he caught 24 passes for 387 yards and scored 7 touchdowns in the four games the Lions played in the month. He was a critical piece to the Lions going 2-2 in October and winning both home games.
* Johnson’s set a franchise record with 7 receiving touchdowns for the month of October. He broke the previous mark of 6 touchdown receptions by WR Herman Moore in 1995. Johnson also set a franchise record with 7 total touchdowns in October. He broke the previous record of 6 held by QB Dutch Clark (Portsmouth Spartans in 1930, 6 rushing), QB Greg Landry (1972, 6 rushing) and WR Herman Moore (6, 1995).
* He became the first receiver in the NFL to score 7 touchdowns in October since 2000 (San Francisco WR Terrell Owens, 7; Minnesota WR Randy Moss, 7), and he is the first player to record 7 total touchdowns in the month since 2006 (San Diego RB LaDanian Tomlinson, 8; Kansas City RB Larry Johnson, 10).
* His 387 receiving yards are the most by a Lions receiver in October since WR Herman Moore registered 415 receiving yards.
* Named NFC Offensive Player of the Week for his performance against Washington (10/31) in Week 8.
* Had a career high 10 catches for 128 yards and 1 touchdown at Buffalo (11/14). His 10 receptions marked the first time a Lions’ receiver caught 10 passes in a game since WR Mike Furrey (11) at Dallas December 31, 2006.
* Johnson’s 128 receiving yards was his 12th career 100-yard receiving game, and third in the past four games. With 12 career 100-yard games, Johnson tied WR Gail Cogdill for the sixth-most career 100-yard receiving games by a Lions’ receiver.
* Johnson caught a 20-yard touchdown pass from QB Shaun Hill with :14 seconds left in the game to set up a potential game-tying two-point conversion. The touchdown reception was Johnson’s 30th career reception and he joined WR Cloyce Box (32 from 1949-50, ’52-53) as the only players in Lions history to register 30 receiving touchdowns in their first four years with the Lions.
* With 128 receiving yards against the Bills, it pushed his career total to 3,750 yards. He moved past WR Roy Williams (3,652 from 2004-07) for the most receiving yards by a Lions’ receiver in the first four years with the club.
* Caught 6 passes, including one touchdown, for 46 yards at Dallas (11/21). With six receptions vs. the Cowboys, he has now tallied 248 career catches, and he passed WR Roy Williams (245) for most catches by a Lions receiver in their first four years with the club.
* With a 14-yard touchdown reception at Dallas, he became the first Lions player to register 10 total touchdowns in the first 10 games played in a season since Hall of Fame RB Barry Sanders (9 rushing, 1 receiving) in 1991. All 10 of Johnson’s touchdowns have been pass receptions, and he is the first Lions receiver to record 10 receiving touchdowns in the first 10 games he played in a season since WR Terry Barr in 1963.
* Johnson joined Barr and E Leon Hart (1951) as the only players in team history with 10 receiving touchdowns through their first 10 games played in a season.
* By reaching 10 receiving touchdowns in 2010, Johnson became only the third player in Lions history to register 10 receiving touchdowns in two different seasons. Johnson recorded 12 touchdowns in 2008. He joined E Cloyce Box (11 in 1950 and 15 in `1952) and WR Herman Moore (11 in 1994 and 14 in 1995) and the only receivers in franchise history to accomplish this feat.
* Finished with 4 receptions for a team-high 81 yards and 1 TD vs. New England (11/25). Also added a rush for 15 yards.
* Touchdown catch in first quarter was Johnson’s 32nd career touchdown reception, tying E Cloyce Box (1949-50, 52-53) for the most touchdown catches by a player in their first four seasons with the Lions.
* He is the first Lions player to score 11 total touchdowns in the first 11 games he played in a season since Hall of Fame RB Barry Sanders (14) in 1991. He is the eighth player in team history (11th overall) to record 11 touchdowns in the player’s first 11 games of a season.
* Caught 12th touchdown pass of the season on 46-yard score from Drew Stanton against Chicago (12/5). Second season in his career to record 12 touchdowns in a season.
* Became first player in team history to record 12 receiving touchdowns in two separate seasons.
* Passed E Cloyce Box (1949-50, ’52-53) for most receiving touchdowns in first four season of their career with the Lions with 33.
* Johnson also became the fifth player in team history (sixth time overall) to record 12 total touchdowns in the first 12 games he played in a season, and the first to do so since Hall of Fame RB Barry Sanders (14) in 1991. Johnson joined E Cloyce Box (15 in 1952) and E Leon Hart (12 in 1951) to register 12 receiving touchdowns in the first 12 games played in a season.

2009: Led team with 67 catches for 984 yards (14.7 avg.) and four touchdowns, also had seven rushes for 73 yards (10.4 avg.).

* Recorded three receptions for 90 yards, including a long 64-yarder, at New Orleans (9/13). Two of his catches (21, 64) were over 20 yards.
* Caught five passes for 51 yards and a touchdown vs. Minnesota (9/20). Johnson also added two rushing attempts for 16 yards, marking his first career game with more than one carry.
* Recorded his seventh career 100-yard receiving game with eight receptions for 133 yards at Chicago (10/4) and averaged 23.8 yards per catch in the first half.
* Recorded one catch for two yards vs. Pittsburgh (10/11) but left game in first half due to leg injury.
* Inactive at Green Bay (10/18) and vs. St. Louis (11/1) with a knee injury.
* Re-joined the starting line-up at Seattle (11/8) and caught two passes for 27 yards.
* Tied season best with eight receptions for 84 yards at Minnesota (11/15).
* Set a career-high with 161 receiving yards on seven catches (23.0 avg.) in the Lions’ 38-37 victory vs. Cleveland (11/22). This was the eighth time in Johnson’s career that he has topped 100 yards receiving.
* His season-long 75-yard touchdown reception was his seventh career 50+ yard play and his third of 70 yards or more.
* Caught two receptions, including a 1-yard touchdown vs. Green Bay (11/26). The 1-yard score is Johnson’s 15th touchdown grab since the beginning of the 2008 season. He is now tied for third among all NFL players for the most touchdown receptions over the past two seasons.
* Caught six passes for 123 yards and one touchdown at Cincinnati (12/6). Johnson’s 54-yard score is his 16th touchdown grab since the beginning of the 2008 season. He is tied for third among all NFL players for the most touchdown receptions over the past two seasons.
* His 123 yards against the Bengals also marked his ninth career 100-yard game.
* Posted a game-high seven receptions and 96 yards while also rushing two times for 32 yards at San Francisco (12/27). His 19-yarder on the team’s first offensive play from scrimmage was his second longest of this career.
* Made a game-high six catches for 86 yards vs. Chicago (1/3).

2008: Named Pro Bowl alternate. Led team in receptions (78), receiving yards (1,331), touchdowns (12) and yards per catch (17.1). Johnson is now second all-time amongst Lions leaders for the most receiving yards in their first or second year and second in receiving average with 60+ receptions. He is fifth in the NFL in receiving yards (1,331), tied for first in receiving touchdowns (12), sixth in yards per reception (17.1) among receivers with 45 receptions, tied for second in 20+-yard receptions (21) and tied for second in 40+-yard receptions (7) and first in 25+-yard touchdown receptions (6).

* Led receivers with 7 catches for 107 yards at Atlanta (9/7).
* Notched six receptions for 129 yards to lead receivers vs. Green Bay (9/14) and posted two touchdowns for 38 and 47 yards, marking his first career multi-touchdown game. The 47-yarder was his second longest career reception.
* Led receivers with 4 catches for 85 yards, including a 12-yard touchdown reception at Minnesota (10/13).
* Had a season-high two catches for 154 yards and a touchdown at Houston (10/19). Johnson had two catches of 58 and 96 yards on the day. His 96-yarder was the longest reception since QB Charlie Batch connected with WR Johnny Morton at Chicago (10/4/98), and fourth longest in team history. The 96-yard touchdown pass is tied for fourth amongst Lions leaders for the longest play from scrimmage and is the fourth longest pass play.
* His 154 receiving yards rank third out of NFL all-time leaders for the most receiving yards in a game with two-or-fewer receptions.
* Caught four passes for 57 yards and a touchdown vs. Washington (10/26). Added one carry for seven yards.
* Recorded a career high eight receptions for 94 yards at Chicago (11/2).
* Recorded two catches for 92 yards (46.0 avg) vs. Jacksonville (11/9), a 51-yarder from QB Daunte Culpepper and a 41-yarder from QB Drew Stanton.
* Led the receivers with six catches for 65 yards (10.8 avg.) and a touchdown at Carolina (11/16).
* Led receivers with three catches for 66 yards (22.0 avg) and a touchdown vs. Tampa Bay (11/23).
* Caught three passes for 84 yards, including a long of 70 for a touchdown vs. Minnesota (12/7). With 84 yards Johnson reached 1,055 yards on the season marking the 21st time in team history that a player has recorded 1,000 receiving yards in a single season. He is also the fifth player in Lions history to record 1,000 receiving yards in either their first or second year in the league. Johnson’s nine touchdowns on the season are the most by a Lions receiver since WR Herman Moore had nine in 1996.
* Caught a career high nine catches at Indianapolis (12/14) for 110 yards and a touchdown. The touchdown catch was Johnson's sixth 25+-yard reception for a touchdown this season (NFL high). Johnson has 10 touchdowns on the season, the most by a Lions' receiver since Herman Moore recorded 14 in 1995. He is also now tied for seventh with Gail Cogdill for touchdowns in a season.
* Johnson recorded his second career multi reception game at Green Bay (12/28) and now has 12 touchdowns on the season, which is tied for fifth with WR Cloyce Box and WR Herman Moore amongst Lions' touchdown leaders in a single-season. Johnson is also the first player to score 12 touchdowns in a season since WR James Stewart scored 11 (10 rush, 1 receiving) in 2000.
* Johnson also became the second receiver in Lions' history with 70 receptions, 1,200 yards and 10 touchdowns in a single season. The first to do so was WR Herman Moore in 1995 (123 receptions, 1,686 yards and 14 touchdowns).

2007: Was impressive in his first NFL season, registering 48 receptions for 756 yards (15.8 avg.) and four touchdowns. He also has notched a 32-yard rushing touchdown on a reverse. Tied for third among rookies with five touchdowns (four passing, one rushing), and was one of three rookies to have both a rushing and receiving touchdown (Adrian Peterson, Minnesota; Pierre Thomas, New Orleans).

* Johnson’s professional debut at Oakland (9/9) included four catches for 70 yards (17.5 avg.), as well as his first NFL touchdown in the third quarter on a 16 yard pass from QB Jon Kitna.
* In his second pro game against Minnesota (9/16), Johnson recorded his first career start in a four-wide formation. Johnson made an impact in his home debut, hauling in his second NFL touchdown from QB J.T. O’Sullivan. On the day, he made four catches for 61 yards (15.3 avg.). He also recorded his first career rushing attempt, taking the ball seven yards and securing a first down that set up a potential game winning field goal. Johnson recorded a first down every time he touched the ball.
* Started and made two catches for 58 yards (29.0 avg.), including an acrobatic 39-yard grab in double-coverage that set up the Lions’ second touchdown, before leaving the game with a back injury at Philadelphia (9/23).
* Inactive against Chicago (9/30) with a back injury.
* Returned to action at Washington (10/7), making one catch for three yards.
* Made an impact against Tampa Bay (10/21), starting at wide receiver while catching two passes for 37 yards (18.5 avg.) and rushing for the Lions’ second touchdown of the day on a 32-yard reverse in which he broke three tackles.
* Johnson dominated a critical second-quarter series at Chicago (10/28), catching two passes for 44 yards to secure first downs. Johnson then took an end around 11 yards for another first down, setting up a RB Kevin Jones rushing touchdown on the next play.
* Against Denver (11/4), Johnson had three receptions for 47 yards (15.7 avg.).
* Made three catches for 37 yards at Arizona (11/11).
* Had a leaping 35-yard touchdown grab to highlight a three catch, 45-yard performance against the New York Giants (11/18).
* Grabbed a career-high seven passes for 83 yards and a touchdown against Green Bay (11/22) on Thanksgiving.
* Caught five passes for 51 yards vs. Dallas (12/9).
* Johnson had his first career 100-yard receiving game at San Diego (12/16), catching five passes for 102 yards (including a career-long 49-yard catch).
* Had two key receptions for 47 yards on the Lions’ first scoring drive against Kansas City (12/23) which led to a T.J. Duckett rushing touchdown. Also rushed once for two yards.
* Made four receptions for 54 yards at Green Bay (12/30).


* Joined quarterback Joe Hamilton as the only Yellow Jacket to be named ACC Player of the Year, and was just the second junior (the other was Florida State's Charlie Ward in 1992) in the last 25 years to win the ACC Player of the Year award.
* Also joins Hamilton, the 1999 Davey O'Brien Award winner, as the only Tech players to win a national award.
* As a senior, tied for second in the nation with a 15 touchdown catches, a Georgia Tech record, and only two players in ACC history have caught more (Clarkston Hines, Duke with 17 in 1989 and Torry Holt, NC State with 16 in 1997). Caught 15 of Tech's 25 touchdown passes.
* Career-best 168 yards receiving on nine receptions in win at N.C. State, including two touchdowns. Caught touchdowns passes of 25 and 43 yards in the first quarter, then set up the clinching touchdown with a 33-yard reception down to the seven-yard line late in the game.
* In 2005, First-team all-America by the American Football Coaches' Association (AFCA), the 48th first-team all-America in school history but first since offensive tackle Chris Brown in 2000. Also earned second-team all-America honors from Associated Press and Walter Camp, as well as first-team accolades from The first Tech receiver to earn all-America recognition of any kind since Billy Martin in 1963.
* Unanimous first-team all-Atlantic Coast Conference selection, earning all-ACC honors for the second straight year.
* Semifinalist for the Biletnikoff Award as the nation's top receiver as a sophomore.
* Named first-team all-ACC, just the second true freshman in school history, and the 11th in league history, to earn first-team all-ACC honors. Becomes the sixth Tech player so honored.
* First-team Freshman All-America by The Sporting News and


* Full name is Calvin Johnson and was born September 25, 1985.
* Parents are Calvin and Arica Johnson.
* Majored in Building Construction.
* One of Georgia Tech's most highly publicized signees in recent years. Rated among the nation's top 10 wide receivers and top 100 players by virtually every recruiting analyst.
* Tabbed the No. 4 wide receiver and No. 15 player in the nation by, and named to the Super Southern 100 by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the Rivals 100 by, Hot 100, the SuperPrep All-America 275 and the Prep Star Top 100 Dream Team.
* First-team all-state selection (Class AAAA) by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, and was Tabbed to the AJC's preseason Super 11.
* Caught 40 passes for 736 yards and eight touchdowns as a senior.
* Added 34 receptions for 646 yards and 10 scores as a junior for two-year totals of 80 catches, 1,479 yards and 18 TDs.
* Coached by Rodney Walker at Sandy Creek High.

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