Lions' Fuller: Johnson hinted at retiring during season

Josh Katzenstein
The Detroit News
Calvin Johnson, left, and Corey Fuller celebrate in the end zone after a touchdown last season.

Detroit — Details surrounding Calvin Johnson’s retirement this year remain sparse because he hasn’t spoken publicly, but one of his teammates said Thursday that the star wide receiver was talking about the possibility of 2015 being his final season throughout last year.

Fellow wide receiver Corey Fuller, though, didn’t think Johnson was serious when he first mentioned early in the season that 2015 could be his final year in the NFL.

“Every time he mentioned it to me I kind of took it as a joke like yeah, whatever, he’ll be back,” Fuller said. “It wasn’t until close to the end of the season when he said it like two or three times and I was like, ‘Are you for real?’ And like after the season when it came out, I guess he’s for real.”

Fuller and running back George Winn were at an event Thursday to help the Lions donate their old weight room equipment to the Detroit Police Athletic League at PAL’s Boysville Gym on the west side.

Fuller said Johnson mentioned he might retire to him as well as a small group of teammates. The more he said it, the more Fuller thought it was a legitimate possibility, and Fuller said he’s glad Johnson made the best decision for himself, announcing his retirement officially last month.

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