Detroit Lions legend Calvin Johnson reveals he wanted to retire 2 years early on Kevin Hart’s “Cold as Balls”.
On this week’s episode of Cold As Balls from Kevin Hart's Laugh Out Loud, former Detroit Lions Wide Receiver and Hall of Fame legend Calvin Johnson meets Kevin in the ice tubs to dish on how he was ready to retire from the NFL 2 years before he actually did, the drastic decline of the Detroit Lions throughout his time there, as well as the pressures that came with being a top draft pick.
Watch below as Kevin tries to intimidate Calvin in a head to head game of flag football in the locker room.
Episode highlights include:
- Johnson opens up about being the #2 pick in the 2007 draft, and all of the pressures coming with that. Lions coaches even said, “If we don’t win, it’ll be on y’alls back.”
- Johnson talks staying with the Detroit Lions for the duration of his career, and how he felt they were a tight knit team who had the potential to be great together.
- Johnson reveals his body was in pain and he didn’t want to play the game anymore after his 7th year, but he didn’t actually retire until 2 seasons later.
- Johnson talks about his Catching Dreams foundation and his passion to help mentor the next generation of football players.
- Johnson discusses how growing up in a large Southern family his siblings who were successful doctors looked down on him up — until he was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Season 5 of “Cold as Balls” kicked off with Karl-Anthony Towns and has also featured Pro Football Hall of Famer, Michael Strahan. New episodes air every Tuesday on the Laugh Out Loud YouTube channel, Cold as Balls Facebook page, and Hart's Facebook page.