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Cris Carter calls Calvin Johnson “king of the NFL”

Calvin Johnson

Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson celebrates a 23-yard touchdown against the Dallas Cowboys during second half of an NFL football game Sunday, Oct. 2, 2011, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/LM Otero)


Cris Carter probably wishes he never opened his mouth about Calvin Johnson. But after declaring before the season that Johnson is great in video games but not real football, Carter is now doing his best to backtrack.

In an appearance on ESPN Radio this morning, Carter acknowledged that Johnson is doing things no other receiver is doing -- namely, catching two touchdown passes in four straight games, something that only Carter himself has ever done before.

“Right now, Calvin Johnson -- there’s a king in every crowd, and he’s the king of the National Football League as far as wide receivers,” Carter said.

Carter’s comments have become something of a rallying cry in the Lions’ locker room, and Carter said he thinks the rest of the NFL -- specifically Cowboys defensive coordinator Rob Ryan -- should have learned not to question Megatron.

Another ESPN analyst, Merill Hoge, followed up on Carter’s “king of the National Football League” comment by saying Johnson, through four games, is the NFL’s most valuable player.