Calvin Johnson on coming out of retirement: ‘It's not happening’

Georgia Tech great Calvin Johnson is enjoying retirement after nine seasons with the Detroit Lions. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

Former Georgia Tech wide receiver Calvin Johnson has no plans to return to the gridiron.

Although Johnson, 31, told the Detroit Free Press this week he missed being with his teammates since his retirement in 2016, he shot down all speculation about a return.

"It's not happening," Johnson said.

A graduate of Sandy Creek High School in Tyrone, Johnson caught for 11,619 yards and 83 touchdowns in nine seasons with the Detroit Lions.

Johnson told the Detroit Free Press he’s enjoying his life after football— he plans to move back to Georgia later this year and in his spare time, will continue his work with the Calvin Johnson Jr. Foundation.

“Retired life’s good, man,” Johnson said. “My schedule is freed up. It’s not entirely free because I’m doing a little work here and there independently, but it’s been good. I can’t complain. I’m spending time with my family, I’m going to move home soon, so it’s been good.”

Johnson announced his would retire after the 2015 season with the Lions with four years remaining on his contract with the Detroit Lions because he felt the wear on his body.

“You love the game, but it’s hard to do the things you do when you’re feeling like you’re a leg down all the time, literally,” Johnson said, according to the Detroit Free Press. “Or you’re always beat up, even coming into the season. So it’s just not as fun when you’re down, and you got to work your way up. And you can’t really get there because you’re so beat up.”

Johnson accounted for 2,927 receiving yards and 28 touchdowns as a wide receiver at Georgia Tech from 2004-2006.

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