Calvin Johnson’s Hall of Fame ceremony turns bitter, as fans boo Detroit Lions owner Sheila Ford Hamp during introductory speech
DETROIT, Michigan – On an afternoon honoring one of the NFL’s greats, Calvin Johnson, with his Hall of Fame ring ceremony, Detroit Lions fans expressed frustration with the ownership of the ruthlessly booed team owner Sheila Ford Hamp .
During the halftime of Sunday’s game against the Baltimore Ravens, Ford Hamp attempted to congratulate the legendary Lions recipient but was showered with boos louder than what the visiting Ravens received as they ran onto the field.
Johnson seemed a little uncomfortable at first as he tried to calm the boos by pressing his hands to the floor with a wave of his hand, while also remaining professional in his gold Hall of Fame jacket.
“Lions fans? Isn’t it great to have Calvin Johnson here at Ford Field,” Ford asked Hamp as he spoke of the crowd. “Calvin, it has been an honor and a privilege to see your great career and my family and I want to thank you for all you have done for the Detroit Lions and for the many memories you have made for our fans. We are really excited about your anchoring “inducted into the Hall of Fame and so well deserved it.”
Despite his poor relationship with the organization after repaying just over $ 1 million to the Lions upon retirement after the 2015 season, Johnson returned to Ford Field to receive his ring.
The money was part of the signature bonus he received at the beginning of his last contract.
“It is an honor to represent Excellence and all that the Hall of Fame stands for,” said Johnson on the field. “It’s an honor to represent Detroit, I love you guys. And it’s an honor to represent the NFL and the Johnson name on my back. I love you guys. I love the energy you guys brought with you every Sunday. I miss You guys and I look forward to great things in the future here in Detroit. “
Detroit played a 3-minute video honoring Johnson’s career with comments from current players and highlight footage. His Hall of Fame bust was on display in Ford Field for fans to snap photos before kick-off.