Lions reciever Calvin Johnson makes a touchdown catch against Green Bay on Jan 1. Photo Credit: Ray Tannock
Ninety-six catches, 1,681 yards, and 16 touchdowns.
Those were the numbers put up by Detroit Li0ns wide reciever Calvin Johnson during the 2011 season.
Today, in honor of his amazing season, he received the Bobby Layne award which is given to the Lions Offensive MVP.
In 2011 Johnson became only the third player in NFL history to have at least 95 catches,1,600 yards, and 15 touchdowns in a single season. He joins former NFL receiver Randy Moss as the only player to have 1,600 plus yards and 16 touchdowns in a season.
Johnson finished with three 200-yard receiving games in the Lions’ last four games, including a 211-yard, two-touchdown performance in the playoff loss to the Saints. He also had nine catches for 214 yards and two touchdowns against Oakland on Dec. 18 and 11 catches for 244 yards and a touchdown against Green Bay on Jan 1.
Johnson made his second straight Pro-Bowl in 2011 but will not play due to an injury.
The offensive MVP 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 championships in 1952 and 1953. 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 Hall of Fame in 1967.