So I’ve spent the last 4+ NFL seasons religiously following Wes Welker, a 5’9″, pesky, quick and lethal wide receiver. He plays his tail off. He is a joy to watch and an example for every undersized, underestimated athlete out there.
But there’s another dude I’m digging this week, and have dug the entire season. He is pretty much the opposite of everything I love about the dude described above. He is every bit of 6’5″, freakishly fast in every way, and indefensible. He has been christened with the nickname I am now kicking myself for not taking as a Twitter handle.
His name is Calvin Johnson, aka Megatron, and he’s my Dude of the Week. Here’s why.
1. He has the most touchdown catches in the NFL since 2008 with 37. Larry Fitzgerald has 33, in case you were wondering.
2. His eight touchdown catches through the first four games are the most in NFL history.
3. He is faster, jumps higher, is stronger, and bad-assier than just about everyone else on the field.
4. He’s YOUNEEK.
5. He makes a man’s game look like child’s play. It’s not even fair. You double team him? Pfft, good luck with that. You triple team him? You’re still going to lose. The Cowboys learned the hard way on Sunday.
6. The Megatron thing. If this actually happens before each game, then every other nickname for every NFL player must be retired. Nothing is more fitting or oozes more cool than Megatron.
Both guys are uniquely talented and utilize their skills better than anyone. If Johnson is Megatron–demolishing everyone and everything with athleticism–then Wes Welker is, well, uh…a Labrador Retriever. You throw it, he catches/fetches, and runs back to the huddle. Repeatedly, reliably, relentlessly.
I refuse to feel guilty for crushing on Megatron. He brings another dimension to the position that has not been seen, and it should be appreciated. Welker brings sheer determination, toughness and fight…the fact that he’s successful statistically and in helping his team, despite his size, says it all.
So Megatron, transform. Labrador, go fetch. I love it both ways.
PS: For an awesome, in-depth examination of these two players, check out the New York Times piece that I found 3/4 of the way through writing this. I almost stopped, but then continued so I could mention the Labrador Retriever thing. Yes, I had to get a dog reference in. Get used to it, dear reader. Get used to it.