This is the sort of thing that NFL fans love to see. It shows us that these guys are huge fans of the league just like everyone else. Maybe that’s why it’s great to see every once in a while, it shows everyone that these guys are human too, despite the robot-like athleticism and strength.
Two of the league’s best wideouts went head-to-head in yesterday’s heavy-duty showdown between the 5-2 Cincinnati Bengals and 4-3 Detroit Lions at Ford Field. And though Detroit’s Calvin Johnson Jr. (AKA Megatron) won the battle between himself and Cincy’s Pro Bowl wideout A.J. Green, the Cincinnati Bengals won the war, 27-24.
Both offenses really aired it out inside Detroit’s dome, as Matthew Stafford and Andy Dalton combined for 85 passing attempts. In total, the two young signal callers combined to complete 52 of their 85 attempts for 729 yards and 6 TDs, each throwing zero interceptions. Johnson caught nine passes for 155 yards and a pair of touchdowns, while Green matched the 155 yards through the air on six catches with just one TD.
But what may have been even more impressing than the aerial attack of the two franchise’s yesterday afternoon is the fact that the two Top 5 wideouts got together after the game to exchange a few words, AND jerseys.
I think this gesture may be one of the best ways to show respect for your opponent, swapping jerseys with him following a loss––or in Green’s case, a win. Though this happens more often than you’d think, it’s always nice seeing a couple of NFL stars showing respect for their opponents.
QUESTION: Does the 25-year old Green have the potential to one day match the 28-year old Johnson’s career?