Johnson gains insight on Sanders' career through 'A Football Life'

Posted Dec 6, 2012

Johnson humbled after watching the NFL Network's depiction of Barry Sanders in 'A Football Life'

The NFL Network aired, "Barry Sanders: A Football Life" Wednesday to rave reviews from fans.

One fan of the show was current Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson.

"That was actually humbling to watch to just see how humble of a man that he is, the way he was raised and the way he turned out," he said.

"It's cool just to be able to say that I've been able to meet him and talk to him at the same time. It's a good feeling to know that there are still football players out there - sports figures - like that."

Johnson turned 27 in September and grew up in Atlanta, so the history of the Detroit Lions franchise isn't as familiar to him as it is to native Detroiters.

In fact, he met Sanders before he even knew much about him.

"It was a good thing to see some of the history of the Lions, what they've been through since Barry was here, to get an understanding of what the fans have gone through," said Johnson.

"It gives you a little perspective and a little more to fight for. You want to end this spell that we've been going through with the playoffs."