Legendary wide receiver Calvin Johnson, affectionately known as Megatron, recently shared his thoughts on the Detroit Lions’ progress in a podcast appearance on Amon-Ra St. Brown’s show. Despite Johnson’s somewhat acrimonious departure from the team, he expressed pride and excitement about the Lions’ current performance.
In the “St. Brown Bros” podcast, where Amon-Ra St. Brown hosts alongside his brother, Chicago Bears receiver Equanimeous St. Brown, Calvin Johnson spoke highly of the Lions’ recent growth. He acknowledged the emergence of new stars on the team and praised their development over the past couple of years.
“You guys have guys on your team that are starting to emerge into their own stardom, which is very cool to watch and see happen here right in front of our eyes. It’s pretty cool to see. You guys just boomed over the last couple (years). We’re f— proud, dog. We proud as hell of y’all.”
Megatron also shared his admiration for former teammate and current Lions head coach Dan Campbell. He highlighted Campbell’s resilience and dedication during their playing days, describing him as a “solid example” with incredible strength, even while dealing with injuries.
“The dude was a solid example. I think he had like one shoulder (when we were playing). He was like RoboCop, and he was still starting and we had other tight ends, but he was going out there and manhandling dudes. Dude had country strength. He was country strong. Just being able to be productive and obviously be a limb down, I think that’s what garnered a lot of respect from the team at the time, seeing someone go out there and do that. … Obviously, it’s been fun watching the growth of Dan, from when we played to where he is now.”
Calvin Johnson, widely regarded as one of the greatest wide receivers in NFL history, still holds the record for the most receiving yards in a single season (1964). While acknowledging his own legacy, Johnson seemed genuinely pleased with the progress of Amon-Ra St. Brown, the Lions’ current standout wide receiver. St. Brown had an impressive season with 1515 receiving yards, signaling potential for greatness.
As the Lions continue their positive trajectory, Johnson’s words of pride and encouragement reflect a sense of optimism and a strong connection to the team he once electrified with his incredible performances.