When it came time for Lions players to sit down and cast their votes for team awards, there may not have been an easier decision to make than choosing the Bobby Lane Offensive MVP.
Receiver Calvin Johnson was an absolute no brainer to be the recipient after the year he had in 2012.
Johnson produced one of the most historic seasons among receivers in NFL history, finishing with 122 receptions for an NFL record 1,964 yards and five touchdowns.
“Well, nothing that he does ceases to amaze me,” Lions offensive coordinator Scott Linehan said. “He’s always taken it up another notch every year. He’s taken it up maybe a couple this year. He’s had to pick up the slack too for some guys missing, but gladly does it. It’s so impressive what he does, but it’s more impressive the way he goes about his business and that’s what kind of sets him apart from a lot of other guys.”
Johnson’s 122.8 yards per game average was the third-most in NFL history (minimum 12 games) and his 122 receptions made him the second player in team history and just the sixth player in NFL history (eight times) to register 120 receptions in a season.
He did all that while dealing with knee, foot, finger and neck injuries throughout the course of the season, the same injuries that will keep him out of the Pro Bowl later this month.
Johnson earned his second-straight All Pro selection and is widely considered the best receiver in the game today.
The Bobby Layne Award is given in memory of quarterback Bobby Layne who sparked the Lions to three NFL Championships and four Western Division titles during the 1950s, including back-to-back world championships in 1952 and ‘53. He established virtually every career passing record, including attempts (2,193), completions (1,074), yardage (15,710), and touchdown passes (118). Layne was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1967.
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