Calvin Johnson was unsure how to tell Detroit Lions he was retiring
Calvin Johnson was a ball of nerves in the weeks before he played his final NFL game, not because he was retiring — he had to be talked into playing the 2015 season by his father — but he said Saturday he spent his final few weeks as a Lion worried about how he was going to tell then-coach Jim Caldwell the news he was that he was calling it a career.
I was so stressed out,Johnson said. I was thinking about that more in the last three games than anything else. I was like, ‘Dang, man. How the hell am I going to tell Coach?’
He and his wife, Brittney, are expecting their first child in August. He’s a doting father to his 4-year-old son, Caleb. He has a new consulting business he runs with ex-Lions teammate Rob Sims and former Michigan State standout Jason Strayhorn. And he’s heavily involved in philanthropic efforts in the Detroit and Atlanta areas.
Smith received rousing cheers from the home fans during pregame introductions and M-V-P!chants greeted him when he went to the foul line.
Thompson played after bruising his lower left leg when Smith slid into him in the first quarter Thursday. The Warriors All-Star has never missed a postseason game.
Kerr went with 7-foot big man McGee to start in place of Kevon Looney McGee’s 10th career start in the postseason.
McGee scored the first four points of the game as Golden State made its initial seven shots and 10 of 11. That included Thompson’s steal from James at the 3-point line leading to Green’s dunk moments later and a Cleveland timeout down 15-6 at the 8:14 mark.
In addition to starting a new chapter in his football career, Manziel also announced his partnership with Barstool Sports.
Big day for me, two new partnerships, a chance to get back on the football field and the chance to partner with a brand like Barstool Sports that I’ve been friends with for a long time, Manziel said in a video posted on Barstool’s Instagram.