Calvin Johnson: “Experiencing all of that with my dad was real cool – maybe surreal for my dad”

Posted by Chrissie Wywrot on December 26, 2012 – 4:37 pm

“Getting this record hasn’t really sunk in yet, but at some point it will. People talk about it all the time, but we’re still in the season so the focus is on the next game. But after the season when everything calms down and I’m just chillin’ or layin’ back I’ll reflect on the season then and I’ll be like, ‘I put in a lot of work to get it.’

“Looking back on the game – my first thoughts are the ones I could have had and the fumble.


“As far as touching moments – that picture of my dad when I was at the press conference meant a lot. That was big, that was sweet. I don’t even think he’s seen it yet because I left it in my car when he was at the house – I didn’t think to get it out.

“Experiencing all of that with my dad was real cool – maybe surreal for my dad more so. He was down there on the sideline for probably like two or three series before it happened and he was out there like a little kid with just a smile on his face as it was leading up to the moment. Just being able to watch him be so happy – that meant a lot to me.

“In the stadium I know they showed those messages from Jerry and Herm. I didn’t get to see Jerry’s – I think it was going on while we were maybe in the huddle or something – maybe during the timeout – I just wasn’t really paying attention to it. But I saw it later. That meant a lot. That was cool to have Jerry send that out to me.

Then from Herm – I talked to Herm earlier that week, so he was egging me on to go ahead and knock this thing out. I appreciate the support from both of them.

“I think getting to 2,000 would kind of put that record away for awhile. You never know what’s going to happen, but that’s real tough to reach. To get this far and make it to where we are right now, it’s crazy. I couldn’t imagine doing it again soon.”

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Brandon Pettigrew, three other starters sit out of practice Wednesday

Posted by ttwentyman on December 26, 2012 – 1:08 pm

The Lions were without four starters today as they began on-the-field preparations for the team’s final game of the season Sunday vs. Chicago.

Receiver Calvin Johnson, tight end Brandon Pettigrew, safety Louis Delmas and defensive tackle Sammie Hill were all absent from the portion of practice open to the media.

Pettigrew has missed the Lions’ last two games and hasn’t practiced since injuring an ankle Dec. 9 at Green Bay.

“Pettigrew wasn’t able to play again but again (last week vs. Atlanta), as long as he’s not on IR we’re still hopeful that we can get him out,” head coach Jim Schwartz said Sunday. “Brandon’s a really prideful guy and doesn’t want to be out of the game. He wants to be out there but we’ll just have to see how he progresses.”

Hill injured a foot last week vs. Atlanta and Schwartz said he was being evaluated this week.

Both Johnson and Delmas played vs. Atlanta and it’s been common practice throughout the season to give both players rest during the week.

“(Delmas) seems to be on the upswing there as far as being able to bounce back and do some of the things that he wasn’t able to early in the year,” Schwartz said. “You see some of the plays he makes on the field; he’s a difference maker. Made some big tackles. (Falcons’ TE) Tony Gonzalez had one catch for nine yards and that was on one of our linebackers, so both (S) Don Carey and Lou Delmas did a good job of getting him covered.”

Johnson, who already owns the single-season receiving yards record with 1,892, needs 108 yards Sunday vs. Chicago to become the first receiver in NFL history to reach 2,000 yards in a season.

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