Calvin Johnson: Folks, That Is Why They Call Him "Megatron"

Brandon LeopoldContributor ISeptember 25, 2011

Lions WR Calvin Johnson catches a pass against Seattle's Marcus Trufant
Lions WR Calvin Johnson catches a pass against Seattle's Marcus Trufant

Every so often, a football player comes along that defies the odds, changes the game, and changes the look of an entire organization. Cam Newton appears to be on the fast track of doing that in Carolina, Sam Bradford is on a roll in St. Louis, Jared Allen is arguably the best defensive lineman since Warren Sapp and the Vikings are thrilled to have him, and look at what Charles Woodson and Clay Matthews have done with the Packers defense!

Yet, in Detroit, after numerous years—nearly a decade, in fact—the Lions have been praying for a player like that. Sure, they have Ndamukong Suh to anchor that defensive line, and when rookie Nick Fairley comes in he will be an outstanding complement, but that game-changer, at last, is Calvin Johnson.

Johnson, aka "Megatron", reminds me a little bit of Herman Moore mixed with Lynn Swann, mixed with Jerry Rice. Rest assured, NFL fans, Rice was in another stratosphere when he played, but Johnson's combination of height (6'5", 236 pounds), hands and raw athletic ability—oh, by the way, he's only 26—make him a force to be reckoned with on the Lions and in the NFL.

Let's not discredit the dimensions that Matt Stafford, Brandon Pettigrew and rookie Titus Young add to this Lions offense, but Calvin Johnson is a man among boys in this league. If you remember, at his combine in 2006, he ran a 4.3-second 40-yard dash. His hands are the size of tennis rackets, he has come through in huge games this season, has been an integral part of the Lions offense and has played a major role in the 3-0 start to this season and the Lions resurgence.

And that, folks, is why they call Calvin Johnson "Megatron".