Found May 18, 2012 on Next Impulse Sports:
Calvin Johnson, who will be gracing this year’s cover of Madden ’13, may have a shot at being a multi-sport athlete if he wanted to. The Detroit Lions wide receiver took some time off of his training schedule to take batting practice with the Detroit Lions, and he was no slouch. Megatron started off a bit slow but eventually connected with a bomb to left field. Calvin joked after taking three turns in the cage: “I told Delmon Young that if I didn’t hit a homer today, I was going to keep coming back. I hit one out today, but I’m still going to come back and do this again.” When asked about his high school baseball career, Johnson responded: “I know I had some history with the Cincinnati Reds, but I don’t know if they drafted me or if they just contacted me about a tryout,” said Johnson, who also was scheduled to throw out the first pitch before Friday’s Tigers-Pirates game. “By that point, though, football had pretty much taken over my life.” With the contract he has sig

Calvin Johnson blasts home run over fence

Yes, you read that correctly. Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson smacked a home run over the fence Friday night while he was taking practice swings before the Detroit Tigers were set to host the Pittsburgh Pirates at Comerica Park. Johnson also threw out the ceremonial first pitch. A multi-sport athlete, Johnson has said that if he weren’t playing football, he would...

Post-draft honeymoon over for Lions cornerbacks

ALLEN PARK, Mich. -- The honeymoon is going to end quickly for the Detroit Lions' three cornerbacks who were selected a few weeks ago in the NFL Draft. Monday is the first day of the club's OTA workouts, and they'll be on the field matching up with the likes of superstar receiver Calvin Johnson. The players won't be in full pads, but it's still going to be quite...

Calvin 'Megatron' Johnson hits home run at Tigers batting practice (Video)

Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson, aka Megatron, was a guest at Tigers batting practice before Friday's game and was given a chance to take a few swings at the plate. Johnson made the most of his opportunity to impress the full-time baseball players by hitting a home run to left field. Looks like Megatron has something to fall back on if this football thing doesn...

Post-draft honeymoon ends for Lions' corners

ALLEN PARK, Mich. -- The honeymoon is going to end quickly for the Detroit Lions' three cornerbacks who were selected a few weeks ago in the NFL Draft. Monday is the first day of the club's OTA workouts, and they'll be on the field matching up with the likes of superstar receiver Calvin Johnson. The players won't be in full pads, but it's still going to be quite...

Sims adds weight to block better

ALLEN PARK, Mich. -- Detroit Lions offensive guard Rob Sims doesn't recommend it for anyone at home, but he intentionally gained about 15 pounds during the offseason and is now tipping the scales around 315. "There's no need to have a 9-to-5 (job) and carry this kind of weight," Sims said. "There's no reason to be this heavy other than to play football...

Lions' Johnson homers at Comerica

Calvin Johnson has gone deep again - and this time he wasn't looking over his shoulder for one of Matthew Stafford's passes. The star wide receiver from the Detroit Lions took a few swings at Comerica Park on Friday night before the Tigers hosted the Pittsburgh Pirates, and Johnson even hit one ball over the fence in left field. Johnson, who played baseball in high school...

Schwartz pleased with Lions' rookie camp

All things considered -- and all qualifiers about not drawing conclusions from a three-day sample duly noted -- coach Jim Schwartz was pleased with what he saw from the Lions' rookie minicamp last weekend.

Former NFL Player Says 50% Of NFL Players Smoke Marijuana

Former Detroit Lions offensive tackle and now a ESPN analyst Lomas Brown is claiming that at least 50 percent of NFL players smoke marijuana.According to the Detroit News, Brown claims that when he entered into the league 90 percent of players smoked marijuana for recreational purposes or as a way to relieve stress and pain."I just don't think you'll be able to...

Roaring Rookies: The impact of Riley Reiff

With the understanding that rookie contributions will be necessary for the team to return to the playoffs, we will examine the Detroit Lions rookies with the strongest chance of making the team’s 53-man roster leading up to training camp. First up? Riley Reiff ...

Former NFL player: 50 percent of players smoke marijuana

Getty Images Former NFL player Lomas Brown believes the league has a big problem with players using marijuana.  He believes that Detroit Lions running back Mikell Leshoure and defensive tackle Nick Fairley were caught using because they were careless. “Sounds like these guys were being careless,” said Brown, per the Detroit Free-Press. “I know the Lions have to feel disappointed...

Calvin Johnson takes batting practice at Comerica Park (Video)

Apparently it wasn’t for Lions All-Nastytime wide receiver Calvin Johnson to dominate one sport in Detroit.  He took his hand to a second, baseball, Friday at Comerica Park and faired pretty well. The Tigers welcomed CJ to the clubhouse and to take batting practice with them before Friday’s game with the Pittsburgh Pirates.  Calvin more than held his own and looked pretty...

Calvin Johnson goes deep

DETROIT -- The Tigers might have found their new center fielder. Austin Jackson is still sidelined with a abdominal strain, but a prospect named Calvin Johnson showed some promise in a pregame workout Friday. The Pro Bowl wide receiver took a afternoon off from his day job with the Lions to take batting practice, and after a shaky start, launched a home run into the Tigers bullpen...

NFC North Tour: Lions Like Picks

Coach Jim Schwartz provides some rave reviews about his draft choices. Two of them — offensive tackle Riley Reiff and cornerback Chris Greenwood — are needed to match up against the Packers.

Lions' Sims put on weight to go from good to great

(Eds: With AP Photos.) By LARRY LAGE AP Sports Writer Detroit Lions offensive guard Rob Sims has put on weight to go from good to great. Sims said he has gained 15 pounds this offseason, hoping to increase his power after weighing less than 300 the past two years with mixed results against bigger players such as Minnesota's 311-pound defensive tackle Kevin Williams. '&...

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