Wide receiver Calvin Johnson is just 20 yards away from surpassing Herman Moore‘s franchise record of 1,686 receiving yards, set in 1995.
With the likelihood that Johnson will accomplish that fete Saturday against the Atlanta Falcons, Moore sat down to interview the Lions’ all-pro wide receiver for the Ford Lions Report, which airs Saturday at 7 pm ET on WXYZ.
Said Moore after the interview, “It was great because I’ve talked to Calvin mostly at events or in passing, but being able to sit down one-on-one with him was actually an honor on my side.
“I have a tremendous amount of respect for him and I wish him all the best, I really do. When you see a guy who carries himself in such a professional manner, you can’t help but root for him.”
Moore asked Johnson about the season, the pursuit of Jerry Rice’s all-time NFL record and what he believes he needs to do to get better on the field.
“Doing interviews is interesting because I do get a perspective of what it was like to be asked the questions by the person doing the interview,” said Moore, reflecting on what it was like to be on the receiving end of interviews as a player.
“But it’s nice because I get to talk to some of the players and it helps me remember what it was like being on the other side. It’s a little different, but I’ve enjoyed it.”
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“Obviously, it was a very disappointing to end my season, once again, with an ACL tear versus Indianapolis. The opportunities that I got this year, I made the best of them and I was continuing to build a comfort level with Matt and the offensive coordinator, and just getting back to my normal form, like I used to play at OU.
“To end the season this way, it’s no way to start your rookie campaign, to go out with a knee injury; but I’m in high spirits. I know what to expect and I’m definitely going to get back there on the field. I’ve already shown that I can make it back from one, and nothing is going to stop me from coming back from another one.
“They say it’s always easier to come back after the second ACL and I could already tell that in the first 12 days after surgery. I know what to expect, I know what level I have to push, what soreness to expect, and I definitely know the rehab protocol. I wake up everyday looking forward to making myself better, to fight through this and get back on the field next year.
“I’ve talked to a couple of guys that have gone through the same situation. I just have to continue to push forward and stay positive through this whole thing. I’m about 14 days into rehab now and everyday my leg is getting stronger and more sturdy.
“This offseason I was looking forward to relaxing. Last year I had to go to the combine and prepare for that, didn’t really have much of an offseason with my knee and now I’m in the same situation this year. I’m just going to continue to push forward, come back stronger and healthier than I did this year. I know what’s ahead of me, so I’m looking forward to being a better player next year.
“I definitely enjoyed the season, I enjoyed being a Lion. It was great playing next to Calvin Johnson, the best receiver in the NFL, and I definitely took a lot from him. He’s a positive guy, he’s been on my side this whole season, keeping my head right, trying to help me develop, stay humble and continue to push forward and perfect my craft.
“I appreciate all the support I’ve gotten up to this point and I look forward to making you guys happy in the future.”
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The Lions were still without tight end Brandon Pettigrew for the portion of practice open to the media today. Pettigrew hasn’t practiced or played since injuring an ankle in the first quarter at Green Bay Dec. 9.
The Lions will release game designations for Saturday night’s game vs. Atlanta Friday at 4 p.m. on detroitlions.com.
Safety Louis Delmas returned to practice Thursday after sitting out Wednesday’s session to rest his sore left knee.
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