Found September 05, 2013 on Fox Sports Detroit:
PLAYERS: Calvin Johnson
TEAMS: Detroit Lions
ALLEN PARK, Mich. The alter-ego character of Calvin Johnsons new TV commercial seemingly came to life during a news conference Thursday at the Detroit Lions practice facility. Johnson, the Detroit Lions record-breaking wide receiver, had answered a few questions on his health and football before getting asked about the recently-released Nike spot that also stars rapperactor Sean Combs, a.k.a P. Diddy. I think Johnson should handle the rest of this, the real-life Calvin Johnson said during his weekly session with the local media. I aint even supposed to be up here. Its time to go. Johnson walked away laughing before turning around and coming back to finish the news conference. In the commercial, P. Diddy plays the stand-in role of Johnson, handling off-the-field obligations with the media and fans so that Calvin can concentrate solely on football and avoid all outside distractions.

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Diddy helps Lions Calvin Johnson prepare for the 2013 season

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Can the Lions maintain a positive turnover margin?

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Ziggy Ansah returns to practice

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Ziggy Ansah 'hopeful' he'll play Sunday

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Vikes' Allen to test new-look line in Detroit

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Shalala, Berlin Pump Up Students Before Gator Game

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Vikings-Lions Preview

Adrian Peterson busted through defenses on his way to one of the best seasons in NFL history for a running back while guiding the Minnesota Vikings to a surprising playoff appearance in 2012. Calvin Johnson's record-setting performance didn't have the same effect on the Detroit Lions, who finished below .500 for the 11th time in 12 years. Their teams will look for each...
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