NFL 2014: Calvin Johnson: Megatron Makes History
NFL 2014: Calvin Johnson: Megatron Makes History


Last season, Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson had 84 catches for 1,492 yards and 12 touchdowns. Since the start of 2011, Johnson has 5,137 yards -- including an NFL single-season record 1,964 in 2012 -- and is the only player in league history to record at least 5,000 receiving yards in a three-season span.

"Without a doubt, he's the best receiver in the league right now," says Pro Football Hall of Fame wide receiver Jerry Rice about Johnson. "He's a complete player."


Most Receiving Yards, Three-Year Span, NFL History:

Player Team Seasons Year 1 Year 2 Year 3 Total
Source: NFL
Calvin JohnsonLions2011-20131,6811,9641,4925,137
Jerry Rice49ers1993-19951,5031,4991,8484,850
Calvin JohnsonLions2010-20121,1201,6811,9644,765
Marvin HarrisonColts2000-20021,4131,5241,7224,659
Jerry Rice49ers1994-19961,4991,8481,2544,601


In Week 8 against Dallas (October 27, 2013), Johnson had 14 catches for 329 yards and a touchdown. His 329 receiving yards are the second-most in an NFL game (Flipper Anderson, 336 yards) and the most ever in a non-overtime contest.


Most Receiving Yards, Single NFL Game:

Player Team Opponent Date Yards
Source: NFL
Flipper AndersonRamsSaintsNov. 26, 1989336
Calvin JohnsonLionsCowboysOct. 27, 2013329
Stephone PaigeChiefsChargersDec. 22, 1985309
Jim BentonBrownsLionsNov. 22, 1945303
Cloyce BoxLionsColtsDec. 3, 1950302


"I can't say enough about Calvin," says Detroit quarterback Matthew Stafford. "The guy is unreal. I love having him as a teammate. I love throwing the ball to him. He just sets a great standard for all the guys on our team and everybody in this league."

Johnson has five career 200-yard receiving games, tied with Pro Football Hall of Famer Lance Alworth for the most in NFL history.


Most 200-Yard Receiving Games, Career:

Player Team Seasons Games
Source: NFL *Active
Calvin Johnson*Detroit2007-135
Lance AlworthSan Diego, Dallas1962-725
Don HutsonGreen Bay1935-454
Charley HenniganHouston1960-664
Jerry Rice49ers, Oakland, Seattle1985-20044


"The combination of his size and his speed and explosiveness, I don't think there's anybody like that in this league," says Philadelphia Eagles head coach Chip Kelly. "He can just go get the football."


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