Bender Performance has had the privilege to work with Detroit Lions All Pro Receiver, Calvin Johnson, since he began his NFL career. Calvin Johnson, Jr. (born September 29, 1985), nicknamed Megatron, is an wide receiver for the Detroit Lions of the National Football League. He played college football for Georgia Tech, and was recognized as an All American. He was selected by the Detroit Lions with the second overall pick in the 2007 NFL Draft.

Johnson has a rare combination of size, hands, speed, strength, leaping ability, body control and hand-eye coordination. His nickname “Megatron” was given to him by former Lions wide receiver Roy Williams and the name caught on with fans.

It has been my honor and privilege to oversee and manage the development of such an outstanding athlete. I have seen him evolve and increase in his ability to perform on the field from all the hard work he puts into sustaining his career during the off-season.

He understands that if he does not put the necessary time into maintaining his body throughout the year, his lack of foresight or preparation will catch up to him. I have enjoyed assisting him in his journey on ‘Building a Performance Identity’ and maturing as a professional. He is an outstanding young man with a great support system established by his family.

By working along side him these last several years, I have come to respect the man behind the ‘Megatron’. He is a rare mix of true talent and humility. I am grateful for the person he is and hopeful the young men coming up can learn from his dedication, hard work and relentless passion for this game we call life.” – Coach Tom Bender