Lions' Johnson graces front cover of SI
Calvin Johnson (Tim Heitman, US Presswire)
Calvin Johnson (Tim Heitman, US Presswire)
Posted Oct 4, 2011
Nate Caminata

Detroit Lions receiver Calvin Johnson graces cover of current issue of Sports Illustrated.

After a two touchdown performance put the finishing touches on his team's historic come-from-behind win Sunday, Lions' receiver Calvin Johnson has brought his team into the national spotlight.

In the spotlight: Calvin Johnson graces the front cover of the current issue of Sports Illustrated.
Photo Credit: Dan Patrick blog

"Megatron" will be featured on the front cover of the current issue of Sports Illustrated, an honor bestowed upon whomever happens to be the talk of the sports world at the time. None loom larger than the 6-5, 236-pound receiver who has proved unstoppable during Detroit's 4-0 start to the 2011 season.

The cover of the magazine reads, "THE HUNGRY LIONS," with a subtext asking, "Do you believe? Detroit does."

The last time a Lions' player graced the cover, former quarterback Joey Harrington was barking out a signal to the headline, "Young Guns of the NFL" in 2002. The Lions hope for more success this time around.

Johnson set an NFL mark during Detroit's 34-30 win at Dallas, becoming the first receiver to haul in 2-plus touchdown catches in four consecutive games. Both came in the final quarter. The feat was accomplished just days after Dallas defensive coordinator Rob Ryan claimed Johnson would only be the Cowboys' third-receiver.

Paired with a healthy Matthew Stafford, Johnson leads the league in scoring, and has nabbed 24 receptions for 321 yards. 

The duo returns to Ford Field to host division rival Chicago in next week's nationally televised Monday Night Football telecast.

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