Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 9/5/12
Most LovedThe Detroit Lions are coming off their first playoff birth since the Barry Sanders era. That obviously gives fans in Detroit a lot to love.Matthew Stafford threw for 5,000 yards, Ndamukong Suh brings the nasty attitude that Detroit fans have always loved, and Jim Schwartz has turned an 0-16 disaster into a team opponents have to respect.But when it comes down to it, the simplest answer is usually the best one. Calvin Johnson is the most beloved player on the Detroit Lions.Johnson had a lot to live up to when he was drafted No. 2 overall in 2007. Drafting bust wide receivers Charles Rogers, Roy Williams, and Mike Williams had turned the team into a laughingstock.Taking yet another wide receiver was more than many fans could stomach. Believe it or not, there was a large contingent of fans in Detroit who pined for the team to trade down to take Gaines Adams. Another group of fans hoped that the Oakland Raiders would draft Johnson so the Lions could take JaMarcus Russell.I'm g...
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