Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 4/15/12

DETROIT - AUGUST 23: Calvin Johnson #81 of the Detroit Lions motions on the line across from Eric Wright #24 the Cleveland Browns at Ford Field on August 23, 2008 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by: Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
Calvin Johnson is a football player of class and quiet dignity. He doesn't involve himself in yelling, screaming, or fanfare. He just walks out and demonstrates week in and week out why he is among the best wide receivers in football. His accolades are being noticed by others, so much so that he is among the finalists to grace the cover of the next release of Madden NFL. Such consideration is high praise, especially considering that the decision is being reached through fan voting. Detroit has waited a long time for recognition and respect from the outside world. They have not had a player as deserving since Barry Sanders. So Calvin, now is the time to relish the moment and appreciate the respect of admiring fans... And if you can, perhaps, think of something inflammatory to say, now is the time for that too. It doesn't have to be something horribly imflammatory. We're not looking for something bigotted or racist or sexist. That would be far beneath your character. We're looki...
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