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Calvin Johnson named Bobby Layne Offensive MVP

Posted Jan 11, 2014

Despite missing two games and being limited in two others, Johnson finished the season with 84 passes for 1,492 yards

There couldn't have been much deliberation on the part of Detroit Lions players when it came time to voting for the Bobby Layne Offensive MVP.

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.

Calvin JohnsonPhoto: G. Smith/Detroit Lions

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.

It's really no surprise Calvin Johnson wins the award. He can add it to the fourth Pro Bowl selection and third All Pro nod he also received this year.

Despite missing two games and being limited in two others, Johnson finished the year catching 84 passes for 1,492 yards and 12 touchdowns. In the two games he missed, the Lions scored just nine points at Green Bay and 13 at Minnesota.

Johnson became the first player in NFL history to amass 5,000 receiving yards over a three-year span and joins Barry Sanders, Herman Moore, Joe Schmidt, Dutch Clark, Lou Creekmur and Jack Christiansen as Lions who have been selected All Pro at least three straight years.

With 52 receiving yards in Philadelphia Week 14, Johnson broke the franchise record for career receiving yards, passing Moore (9,174).

He's the best receiver and the game and continues to be the Lions' biggest threat on offense.