Calvin Johnson’s payday

Detroit Lions wide receiver and former Georgia Tech star Calvin Johnson put his signature on the largest contract in NFL history, an eight-year deal potentially worth $132 million. $60 million of the deal is guaranteed. That is a lot of cheese.

Johnson had the right answer when Detroit media asked him how he’ll spend it.

“I’m smart,” he said. “I’m going to invest it.

A couple unsolicited suggestions of what Johnson can do with $60 million.

- 2,495 pounds of gold at market price. Could be melted down for an awesome weightlifting set.

- Real estate is always a solid investment play. For instance, an eight-bedroom, 9.5-bathroom, beachfront home in Maui with pool and Jacuzzi. He could buy 2 1/2 of those. Good schools, too.

- Given that his mother is an educator, Johnson must know that a sound mind is perhaps the greatest investment of all. He could endow 40 faculty chairs at Tech, provide full tuition for 6,216 in-state undergrads or endow 120 athletic scholarships.

But, if he’d rather spend it elsewhere…

- One of everything at the Varsity (not including extra cheese or bacon): 437,636.

- Georgia Tech helmet signed by Calvin Johnson: 133,333. An eight-bedroom home in Maui would be the ideal storage space.

- Use of the Georgia Dome for 1,500 days. That doesn’t even take into consideration that the rental fee drops by $10,000 if he rented it on consecutive days.

- A daily subscription to the AJC for a year for 272,727 years. It’ll pay for itself in coupons.

Thanks for reading.

Ken Sugiura, Georgia Tech blog

60 comments Add your comment

Mr. Magoo

March 14th, 2012
5:48 pm

Way to go, Megatron!!

THWG!!

Hail Munson

March 14th, 2012
6:01 pm

I think it would be a turly classy move for him to endow a scholarship at Tech or give back to Sandy Creek High School. I wouldn’t be shocked if he did assuming he hasn’t already. Like the Beach Boys said, “Be true to your school!”

go Calvin

March 14th, 2012
6:07 pm

good, donate money to build GA Tech a new football stadium

DesignerJacket

March 14th, 2012
6:13 pm

Wow. I don’t care what anyone says. The largest contract in NFL history belongs to a Yellow Jacket. That’s just a fun stat to throw around for however long it lasts. You know CPJ will use it to death!

GTHD

March 14th, 2012
6:14 pm

There is nothing wrong with the current Stadium. Wtg Calvin.

tech alum

March 14th, 2012
6:21 pm

He’s come a long way from the last time I saw him. Cruising around in the back of the Ramblin Wreck on his 21st birthday.

sharecropper

March 14th, 2012
7:02 pm

Good for Johnson. But this is a stupid blog. Geez. Didn’t even get out of bed.

Ol'JacketFan

March 14th, 2012
7:23 pm

In the day and age of diva athletes it is good to see a hard working PROFESSIONAL achieve what Megatron has. Not withstanding his GT ties I could not be more proud of this fine man. I am over the “look at me” athlete and the media coverage they, for some reason, generate. Let’s celebrate what a true professional man Calvin Johnson is and hope that a little bit of how he carries himself and his behavior just might rub off on not only his professional counterparts but the young men we all cheer for, whatever their school may be!

Go Jackets! Go Megatron!!!!!!

Jacket Man

March 14th, 2012
7:25 pm

Still the same humble person he was when he set foot on campus. The contract won’t change Calvin’s work ethic, his character, or his demeanor; his charity has already been a beneficiary of his financial “bounty,” and I’m sure this will be continued forward. Congratulations Calvin and family; if there’s anyone who deserves this, it’s him.

GT fan

March 14th, 2012
8:23 pm

Stafford posted some very nice words about Calvin too.

How many times have Calvin & Stafford played the “man, if only you had gone to GT/UGA” game?

FL Jacket

March 14th, 2012
9:10 pm

“I bought my mama a house. I spent the rest on…PCP!”

- Grits n’ Gravy

Jacket Backer

March 14th, 2012
9:30 pm

Tech players

Wreckmaniac

March 14th, 2012
10:11 pm

No UGA wise-cracks ? Are there dawgs still out there or did they finally decide to start reading their own paper, the Athens Irrelevant ?
Anyway, another #1 for Tech (yawn).

Wreckmaniac

March 14th, 2012
10:12 pm

GT fan: Stafford ? Who’s that ?

Wreckmaniac

March 14th, 2012
10:14 pm

So a GT helmet signed by Calvin is worth $4500 ? Nice toy.

Paul in NH

March 15th, 2012
12:46 am

Ken – interesting post, You obviously had fun coming up with all of the items that would cost $60MM

BTW – Wasn’t there a lock out last Summer because the owners claimed that too high a percentage of the revenue was going to the players?

Michael

March 15th, 2012
8:33 am

Too much for a WR. I’m sure the rest of the league players are ecstatic. Like when Koncak got that big contract and the actual NBA stars then knew they were going to get paid.

Not Disappointed!

March 15th, 2012
9:39 am

He’s still a humble person! We see him every summer. He helps alot of kids with money and his time. A great American!

Ramblin Wreck!

lucky21

March 15th, 2012
9:54 am

Michael the difference here is Calvin Johnson might be the best receiver of all time. He gives jerry rice a run for his money.

dawgfan

March 15th, 2012
10:16 am

I’m a Megatron fan but its worth noting that Calvin Johnson: 0-3 vs. the Dawgs.

Not that he cares though. He’s probably left Georgia Tech far behind in the rear view mirror. He couldn’t get out of that dump fast enough. Has he ever come back Techies? Stafford comes back to UGA all the time. UGA alumni football players love to stay connected to the program. I don’t hear too much about former Tech players doing the same. Oh, let me guess, they’re too busy using their sociology and management degrees to run Fortune 500’s or land rovers on Mars?

What a joke.

Naja

March 15th, 2012
10:22 am

The Calvin Johnson Jr. Foundation was founded by Calvin Johnson, Jr. in 2008. Its mission is to provide youth programs that focus on the self-development and empowerment of the participant. The Foundation strives to change the mindset of youth from struggle to survival, from poor self-esteem to excitement in life, from dependent thinking to goal setting self-sufficiency, and from hopelessness to empowerment. It provides: 1) scholarships to Metro Atlanta and Detroit Athletes who do not receive a full scholarship. This year the Athlete Extravaganza will be in Detroit. Last year, it was held at the GT Hotel and Conference Center, Atlanta, GA; 2) a free minds-on and hands-on annual wide receiver :catching dreams” football camp held in Tyrone, GA; 3) Annual Thanksgiving and Christmas food baskets to needy families in Metro Atlanta and Detroit; and 4) Christmas toys to needy families;
The Foundation has also contributed monetary donations to non-faith and faith organizations.

GT Girl

March 15th, 2012
10:33 am

Dawgfan, you are wrong! (not that anyone is surprised) I have personally seen Calvin Johnson on the GT sidelines visiting our football team since he has been at Detroit. He does come back to visit Tech and go to football games.

Wreckmaniac

March 15th, 2012
11:00 am

dawgfan: You’re a little late this time. Are you guys getting slow ? You know you are supposed to urinate on anything Tech faster than this.
Here’s the deal dawgfan. Calvin makes Stafford look good. Also, you dawgs ran all over Staff when he decided to skip his 4th year. Too bad he didn’t have the good sense to play at Texas which is a real foot ball school.

GT fan

March 15th, 2012
11:08 am

Dawgfan, your assessment that Calvin was 0-3 vs. UGA is like saying a catcher is why a pitcher threw a no-hitter.

Reggie Ball & Chan Gailey are why GT didn’t beat UGA in Calvin’s three seasons with the Jackets.

Tech Fan Since 1950

March 15th, 2012
12:06 pm

Dawgfan: For the record, Calvin was at the Tech-Georgia game at Bobby Dodd Stadium/Grant Field last November and was honored and recognized during a timeout. So sorry you were not there.

Gorilla Biscuit

March 15th, 2012
12:35 pm

“A daily subscription to the AJC for a year for 272,727 years. It’ll pay for itself in coupons.”

That is a terrible investment. He’d be wiser to ask Terrell Owens for investment advise.

Gorilla Biscuit

March 15th, 2012
12:36 pm

GT fan, catchers are sometimes a big reason why pitchers throw no-hitters.

FL Jacket

March 15th, 2012
12:38 pm

Dwagfan…

I think all of us Tech fans are upset it took Stafford 3 years before realizing he had the best WR of his generation on his team before he started throwing it to him. You love to pull out the “Tech wasted his talent” card whenever you get the chance…tables are turned on you on this one partner. If Calvin had only had a better QB throwing him the ball it wouldn’t have taken him this long to get his contract re-negotiated.

FL Jacket

March 15th, 2012
12:41 pm

“A daily subscription to the AJC for a year for 272,727 years. It’ll pay for itself in coupons.”

Ken…if it’ll pay for itself in coupons, wouldn’t I theoretically only need to buy one day’s worth of newspaper?

Gorilla Biscuit

March 15th, 2012
12:48 pm

I used to only buy the Sunday AJC, and that was for the coupons and the crossword puzzle. But they quit delivering the AJC to South Georgia and the grocery store quit giving double coupons. So it ain’t worth it.

Gorilla Biscuit

March 15th, 2012
12:49 pm

Plus, the bird died.

BG

March 15th, 2012
12:59 pm

Maybe he could buy Georgia Tech a football program.

RPollardRealtor86

March 15th, 2012
1:14 pm

Congrats Megatron! Hope you put that money to good use. That money could last many generations in your family.

Sam

March 15th, 2012
1:18 pm

the only reason stafford goes back to athens is so he can go downtown and bang some freshman

CC

March 15th, 2012
1:28 pm

Sam, There are some beautiful women in Athens.

5 star recruits, 2 star results

March 15th, 2012
1:34 pm

Aren’t most former UGA players required to return to Athens periodically to check in with their parole officers?

gdawginkalamazoo

March 15th, 2012
3:01 pm

Good for Calvin. Even better for the Detroit Lions. Finally somebody over there is actually thinking about winning. Must have been some of the bailout money that the Ford’s got from Obama. If that’s the case I would say money well spent. Keep up the good work CJ.

gdawginkalamazoo

March 15th, 2012
3:04 pm

5 star recruits, 2 star results

March 15th, 2012
1:34 pm
Aren’t most former UGA players required to return to Athens periodically to check in with their parole officers?

No. Actually it depends on where they are arrested. You have to keep this stuff straight. With guys like Glen Rice Jr you will eventually get the hang of it.

GT fan

March 15th, 2012
3:15 pm

Yeah, gorilla biscuit, b/c the CATCHER is the one who is actually EXECUTING the pitches.
Lot easier to “call” for a curve, slider, change-up, fastball, etc. than it is to actually THROW one. And, for the most part in this age of baseball, pitchers shake-off many of the catcher’s calls during a game.

Back to Calvin … CG could call the play, Calvin could run the route, but when his joke of a QB couldn’t make the throws (pitches) then how was Calvin (the catcher) responsible for what Reggie (the pitcher) couldn’t do?

See my point now? Or are you saying that when I guy hits a home run it’s the catcher’s fault?

gdawginkalamazoo

March 15th, 2012
3:23 pm

FLjacket, It didn’t take Stafford 3 years. Once Stafford had somebody in front of him to block and keep him healthy he had time to find Calvin. I think it is going to be a great future for CJ & Stafford in Detroit. And yes in college CJ had nobody that could throw the ball to him.

Dr. Thomas A. Parker

March 15th, 2012
3:48 pm

It always amazes me how people can spend other people’s money and stay in other people’s business. Please back off. He earned every penny and will donate or not donate accordingly. He is an outstanding young man and will make great decisions as he always has. Please get your hands out of other people’s pockets and business.

Dr. Thomas A. Parker

5150 UOAD

March 15th, 2012
4:04 pm

Real estate is always a solid investment play. For instance, an eight-bedroom, 9.5-bathroom, beachfront home in Maui with pool and Jacuzzi. He could buy 2 1/2 of those. Good schools, too.

Hahahha Where the hell have you been? You can houses for pennies on the dollar right now. BUY LAND not a house.

Alabama Jack

March 15th, 2012
4:20 pm

dawgfan sucks

buzz

March 15th, 2012
5:16 pm

payoff Paul Hewitt?

Good Luck

March 15th, 2012
5:20 pm

MEGATRON! Go Calvin!

Good Luck

March 15th, 2012
5:23 pm

@buzz, LOL, with plenty to buy the house in Maui and acres of real estate 5150. I’m sure he’s got it figured out. Thanks Dr. Parker

Joshua Barlowe

March 15th, 2012
5:43 pm

Instead of building a new stadium, buy out the leftover tickets for every home games and give them to local kids. That would be a Megatron thing to do that would help the community and Tech both.

hoping for change

March 15th, 2012
6:52 pm

Buy a new president who is not clueless like the one we have now.

Rick James

March 15th, 2012
7:00 pm

How about a head football coach at Georgia Tech who can recruit?

Rick James

March 15th, 2012
7:02 pm

@5 star recruits, 2 star results

Aren’t most former UGA players required to return to Athens periodically to check in with their parole officers?
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You mean like Joe Hamilton and Reuben Houston?