Calvin Johnson and Matt Stafford, once star players for archrivals Georgia Tech and UGA, have “grown” in their relationship over the last few months.
Of course, the two have millions of reasons to develop football chemistry with each other as they are both considered among the NFL’s most promising future stars, along with carrying the hopes of turning around the fortunes of the Detroit Lions.
“I think our relationship has definitely grown just because of all the effort we’ve seen each other put in over the offseason,” Johnson told AJC. “You’ve got somebody that keeps you accountable, and you keep them accountable. I think Matt is somebody who is a leader by example on our team.”
Neverthess, we had to CJ the question: What is it like depending on a UGA-bred QB (Stafford) to get you the ball at WR? “It’s different, but I’m used to it now, ” Johnson said with a laugh. “Matt is doing a heck of a job himself with the work that I’ve seen him put in this offseason. We’ve put in a lot of work together. I think the second year is going to be real good for [Stafford].”
What about the Georgia Tech vs. UGA rivalry? Do the two NFL teammates still take sides before the big game? “Yes, when the time comes we tease each other … no doubt about it,” Johnson said.
Johnson said he is completely recovered from the sore knee that bothered him last season, causing him to miss two games. “My knee is feeling good. It’s 100-percent. I’ve been back out there practicing and haven’t had any problems at all.”
NOTE: Calvin Johnson has scheduled the 3rd Annual “Wide Receiver Camp” for high schoolers on Sat., July 24. It is FREE via the non-profit Calvin Johnson Jr. Foundation, which has a “vision to see youth emerge out of seemingly difficult situations and change into productive members of society.” Campers will get WR skill fundamentals from Johnson, discussions about nutrition, and products from sponsors. Are you a high school WR between the grades 9-12 that would like to attend? If so, request an application packet from Dr. Arica Johnson at firstname.lastname@example.org