When the Detroit Lions took rookie wide receiver, Calvin Johnson of Georgia Tech, with the 2nd pick in last year’s NFL draft, he was labeled a “can’t miss” superstar sure to put up monster numbers in the Lion’s high-powered offense.

It didn’t work out that way. Johnson had a respectable 48 catches for 756 yards. Not bad for a rookie, but certainly not SUPERSTAR numbers.

Now details are coming out that Johnson played virtually his entire rookie season with a back injury. The injury was so severe Johnson was forced to take the painkiller Vicodin every day-and twice during games. In a recent interview, Johnson says after suffering a back injury in the third game of the season,

“I was on meds the rest of the season. I was taking Vicodin twice a game just to get through the game,” Johnson said. “I stayed hurt the whole season, probably because I was trying to come back too soon. But I’m not going to be the kind of guy who’s going to say, ‘I can’t do this or this because I’m hurt.’ ”

Vicodin is the same painkiller that former Packer quarterback, Brett Favre, became addicted to early in his career.


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