As it tends to do, Twitter exploded when the news broke with everyone from fans to players bidding the 30-year-old star a fond farewell.
Here are some of the highlights:
— Patrick Peterson /P2 (@RealPeterson21) January 31, 2016
Now you see Calvin Johnson, now you don’t.pic.twitter.com/9GX13HqbSs
— Faizal Khamisa (@SNFaizalKhamisa) January 31, 2016
If this is it for Calvin Johnson, he'll go out as close to a champion as is possible for a career Detroit Lion.
— JordanHeath-Rawlings (@TheGameSheet) January 31, 2016
Congrats to my fellow draft class member Calvin Johnson on his retirement. Great career. Looking forward to what you do next.
— Gerald Alexander (@GAlexander21) January 31, 2016
Calvin Johnson and Barry Sanders retired in their prime from The Lions...Detroit must be stressful.
— The Teacher (@NaimTheDream) January 31, 2016
Highest paid #NFL wide receivers (career earnings)
Larry Fitzgerald $129.8M
Calvin Johnson $113.8M via @spotrac
— Robert Raiola, CPA (@SportsTaxMan) January 31, 2016
Not basketball related. But a special thanks to one of the best to ever to do it, Calvin Johnson. You'll be missed https://t.co/uXFpRTzMyD
— ONLY THE NBA (@OnlyTheNBA) January 31, 2016
First Barry Sanders, now Calvin Johnson......
— Dylan (@DylanTheMan37) January 31, 2016
Today is a sad day. Raining outside for a reason. Lions just lost a legend. Respect Calvin Johnson's decision though.
— Ty (@Ty_pls) January 31, 2016
Calvin Johnson retires healthy, after 9 years.... Not many leave this game healthy & on their own terms. Godspeed @calvinjohnsonjr !
— Steve Weatherford (@Weatherford5) January 31, 2016