14 March 2012
ESPN's Kevin Seifert has Schwartz's gushing quote:
"This is a great day for every kid who was early for every meeting. This is a great day for every kid that stayed after practice, every kid that put the team before himself, every kid that let his play speak for him, because as good a football player as Calvin Johnson is, he's a better teammate and he's a better person. So we're very glad to have him here."
And that's why no one in Detroit is upset Megatron is now the highest paid athlete in the NFL. He's a great player on the field, a gentleman off of it, and humble everywhere. Johnson is the antithisis of your stereotypical obnoxious, headline seeking, 100% diva wide receiver.
Calvin Johnson won't eat or smoke his way out of Detroit, change his name (and back again) for sake of publicity, shoot himself in the leg, ultimately finding himself in prison, punch a woman in a bar after hours, quit on plays...or his team, write a self-aggrandizing book, get benched for being an ass to his teammates, or be an all-around jerkwad dickweed who has more bridges burned than pass receptions made.
What Calvin Johnson will do is make Pro Bowls and All-Pro teams, set team and league records and make Chris Carter continue to eat crow, with none of the drama normally associated with highly paid wide receivers.
Megatron just plays football at an extremely high level, bringing no baggage along for the ride. He's more than earned the big contract.
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