Imagine concluding your stellar sports career with these humble words, “After much prayer, thought and discussion with loved ones, I have made the difficult decision to retire from the Lions and pro football. I have played my last game of football.” Calvin Johnson, one of the most talented, humble, and revered wide receivers of all times, retired from the game he loved. Although the statistics and records he holds are astounding after only playing professional football for 9 years, it seems like Megatron’s greatest impact came from the way he lived his life on and off the field. His coach, Jim Caldwell stated, “Not only is he as good as any player I’ve ever seen, but I am convinced that God has not put a finer person on this earth than Calvin Johnson.”
It makes you wonder how do you develop as a person so that when your sports career concludes that you’re more esteemed for the quality of person, and the ways you reflect God, than how great you were in your sport?
It also makes you stop and think, “How much prayer, thought and discussion do you have with your loved ones before you make life-changing decisions about your career?”
Do you wonder if Calvin Johnson played extraordinary football for the millions he made, or was it for the Master who made him great?