Listen up, Megatron. Mark Wahlberg has a sales pitch for you.
No, it’s not about a role in an upcoming movie or anything like that. Instead, the Boston-born actor wants Calvin Johnson to unretire and return to the NFL as a member of the New England Patriots.
“Well hopefully he just did that to get out of his contract with Detroit,” Wahlberg said, per TMZ Sports, when asked about Johnson retiring this week after nine seasons with the Lions. “Then he can come to New England and get a ring. He needs a ring. He’s too good. He’s got too much left in the tank.”
Wahlberg has a point. Johnson, who will turn 31 in September, is coming off a season in which he caught 88 passes for 1,214 yards and nine touchdowns. He eclipsed the 1,000-yard receiving mark in each of his final six seasons, which included a monstrous 2012 campaign in which Megatron racked up a career-high 122 catches for 1,964 yards.
Of course, it’s unlikely Johnson will change his mind and return to the NFL so soon, if at all. But perhaps he’ll someday get the itch to come back, at which point Tom Brady and Co. will be waiting with open arms if Wahlberg’s wish is granted.
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