Calvin Johnson: Detroit Lions Receiver
Megatron earned a blizzard of national attention by posting the best statistical season of his NFL career in 2011. He posted a career high 1,681 receiving yards and 16 touchdowns. In week four against the Dallas Cowboys, Johnson helped rally the Lions from a 24-point deficit to a 34-30 victory by snagging two 4th quarter touchdown passes. This performance gave Johnson eight touchdowns through the first four games of the season and tied an NFL mark for most consecutive games with multiple touchdown receptions at four. In a week 17 game against Green Bay, Johnson had a career-best 244 receiving yards in a 45-41 loss. Johnson and the Lions clinched a playoff spot for the first time since 1999 with a 38-10 win over San Diego on Christmas Eve. In the playoff loss to New Orleans, he caught 11 passes for 211 receiving yards and two touchdowns, breaking the Lions playoff record of 150 receiving yards.
Johnson had a remarkable season for the Lions, but we just have to ask, does anyone remember American League Cy Young Award winner and MVP Justin Verlander?
Kirk Cousins: MSU Quarterback
The clear runnerup in our survey, Cousins was a three-year starter for the Spartans. In 2011, he set a single season record with 26 touchdown passes. When his career ended after the thrilling triple-overtime Outback Bowl win over Georgia on Jan. 2, 2012, Cousins held the MSU career records for passing TDs (66), passing yards (9,131), completions (723), passing efficiency (146.1 rating), total offense (9,004 yards) and 200-yard passing games (26). He’s the winningest QB in Spartan history with 27 victories over his four-year career.
Denard Robinson: U of M Quarterback
Though he also placed in Best status, Express readers named Shoelace the runaway winner (?) of Worst Michigan Athlete in our survey. That, despite leading U-M to a win over that hated team from Ohio. Maybe most disappointing is more accurate. After his amazing 2010 season, the Wolverine QB played under a new offensive system and wasn’t nearly as flashy in 2011, and Michigan lost again to MSU. Robinson still earned second team All Conference recognition for the second year in a row and was voted team MVP for the second straight year by his teammates.