Aug. 20, 2015
DALLAS – Record-setting Georgia Tech receiver Calvin Johnson is one of 75 players selected to the Football Writers Association of America’s 75th Anniversary All-America Team. He was selected to the third-team offense.
All eight decades in which the FWAA teams have been selected are represented on the 75-man team. In all, there are 56 members of the National Football Foundation’s College Football Hall of Fame and 41 schools are represented on the three 25-man teams.
Johnson, a two-time All-America receiver and Biletnikoff Award winner, was one of the nation’s most talented college football players during his time on The Flats. As a freshman in 2004, he was named first-team All-ACC and ACC Rookie of the Year, leading the Yellow Jackets with 48 catches for 837 yards and seven touchdowns – all Tech freshman records.
As a sophomore in 2005, he earned first-team All-America honored by the American Football Coaches Association and second-team accolades from the Associated Press and Walter Camp Foundation. He became the first Georgia Tech receiver to earn All-America recognition since Billy Martin in 1963. The unanimous first-team All-ACC performer caught 54 balls for 888 yards and six touchdowns.
He saved his best season for his final year at Georgia Tech in 2006. He won the Biletnikoff Award as the nation’s top receiver and finished 10th in Heisman Trophy voting. He set the Georgia Tech single-season marks for receiving yards (1,202), touchdown receptions (15) and 100-yard receiving games (7), while catching 76 passes. Johnson was named ACC Player of the Year, first-team All-ACC honors and was a unanimous first-team All-American (AP, AFCA, FWAA, Walter Camp, Sporting News).
The Tyrone, Ga., native set Georgia Tech school marks with 2,927 receiving yards and 28 touchdown receptions, while his 178 receptions rank second all-time in school history.
He was selected second overall by the Detroit Lions in the 2007 NFL Draft. In seven seasons, he has been named to five straight Pro Bowls (2010-14), while earning first-team All-Pro three times. He set the NFL single-season record for receiving yards with 1,964 in 2012. Entering the 2015 NFL season, “Megatron” has 643 receptions for 10,405 yards with 74 touchdowns.
Georgia Tech opens the 2015 season on Thursday, Sept. 3, against Alcorn State at Bobby Dodd Stadium. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. ET on FOX Sports South. Fans can purchase single-game tickets in person at the Georgia Tech Ticket Office (M-F 9 a.m.-5 p.m.), by phone at 888-TECH-TIX, or online at togetherweswarm.com.
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