Calvin Johnson broke Rice’s receiving record despite broken fingers in 2012

Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson (81) catches a pass as Arizona Cardinals cornerback Patrick Peterson (21) defends during the second half at University of Phoenix Stadium. The Cardinals beat the Lions 38-10. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports

Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson (81) broke the single-season reception yards mark despite having several broken fingers to deal with. (Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports)

The fact that any NFL player can be mentioned in the same sentence as the great Jerry Rice is impressive in its own right. When that sentence reads, “Calvin Johnson broke Jerry Rice’s all-time record for reception yardage in a single season after hauling in 122 passes for 1,964 yards,” the world takes notice.

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Johnson caught all those passes and piled up all that yardage after sustaining a number of broken fingers during his record-breaking 2012 campaign.

They don’t call him “Megatron” for nothing. At 6’5″ and 235 pounds, Johnson is so naturally gifted that he can run the 100-yard dash in 10.23 seconds.

However, it takes more than size and speed to put together one of the greatest seasons in the history of the NFL at the wide receiver position. Johnson is more than well aware of that fact as well — and he was certainly not going to let a few crooked appendages slow him down.

Imagine how much NCAA 2K13 or Madden time would be lost if you broke your thumb. Johnson was setting records while playing actual football games against the best the nation has to offer.

Now, if only the rest of the Lions would step their game up, this squad would be competing against the rest of the NFC North for division supremacy.

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