Former Georgia Tech star Calvin Johnson was named the honorary captain for Monday’s season opening game versus Tennessee at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta.
Johnson was selected All-ACC three-times and a two-time all-American during his three-year career with the Yellow Jackets. He caught 178 passes for 2.927 yards and 28 touchdowns from 2004-06, and still holds six school records. Johnson has top honors in receiving yards for a career and season (1,202 in 2006), touchdown receptions in a career and season (15 in 2006) and 100-yard receiving games in a career (13) and season (7 in 2006).
After winning the Biletnikoff Award, Paul Warfield Trophy and finishing 10th in the Heisman Trophy as a senior in 2006, Johnson was selected second overall in the 2007 NFL Draft by the Detroit Lions. He went to become a three-time first-time All-Pro (2011-13), a six-time Pro Bowl player (2010-15) and lead the league twice in receiving yards (2011-12) during his nine-year career with the Lions. Johnson still holds four NFL receiving records, and retired with 731 receptions for 11.619 yards and 83 touchdowns.
This is his first year of eligibility for the College Football Hall of Fame. The Class of 2018 will be announced on Jan. 8 prior to the College Football Playoff national championship game that will also be played at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium.