Join the best to ever do it and quit the Lions, too
Written By Kyle Magin
Detroit Lions fans, famously, have been through this before.
Watching a star walk away in the vicinity of the top of his game from a hapless team rather than play out the string with a hapless team. The variables–Barry Sanders in 1999 and Calvin ‘Megatron’ Johnson in 2016–both coincided with a constant: the lowly Lions.
To re-set the undisputed facts, the Lions haven’t won a playoff game since 1957. In fact, they’re 1-11 during that span, with two whole decades–the 1960s and 2000s–where they didn’t even make the postseason. Sanders rushed for more than 15,000 yards in 10 seasons with the club, scoring 99 touchdowns. Johnson hauled in catches worth 11,000-plus yards over nine seasons while scoring 98 touchdowns. The anecdotal evidence of greatness for both men matches the measurables–Sanders was unhittable on his…
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