‘Megatron’ Gets Into the Marijuana Business

NFL Hall of Famer Calvin Johnson Jr earned his nickname “Megatron” for his indestructible play on the gridiron. Now Johnson is hoping his staying power follows him to a new field—that of cannabis entrepreneur. Johnson joins a growing team of former professional athletes getting into the cannabis game.


Johnson is considered one of the greatest wide receivers of all time, right up there with Randy Moss and Michael Irvin, playing for nine illustrious seasons on the Detroit Lions. He earned Pro Bowl honors six times. At the time of his retirement in 2015, he held several NFL records, including the most receiving yards in a season and most consecutive games. The only honor that eluded him was a Super Bowl ring.

Recently, Johnson became co-founder, along with Detroit Lions teammate Rob Sims, of Primitiv, a Michigan-based cannabis company. Primitiv offers cannabis-based products and a line of branded merchandise. The company recently opened its first dispensary in Niles, Michigan.

A passion for plant medicine

Johnson appears on the Green Entrepreneur Podcast this week to talk about how he uses marijuana to naturally medicate, what drew him to the cannabis business, how he stays motivated both as an athlete (his team once went 0-16) and a businessman, and the importance of having a game plan.

“You gotta have a vision. You gotta have a mission. You gotta have your core values in place,” Johnson says. “If you don’t have that, then everybody’s gonna want to go in their own different direction.”

When you’re Megatron, you keep your team in place.

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