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Calvin Johnson Jr. -- 9 things to know about the 'Dancing with the Stars' celebrity

By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 11/22/2016 

Calvin Johnson Jr. is competing in Dancing with the Stars' upcoming Season 23 finale.

Calvin and his pro partner Lindsay Arnold's placement in the Top 3 of Dancing with the Stars was a bit of a surprise considering it meant country singer Jana Kramer and her pro partner Gleb Savchenko had to go home in their place.

The recently-retired NFL wide receiver for the Detroit Lions, however, has managed to win over the hearts of viewers at home with his big smile and warm heart.

Calvin was one of the top receivers in the NFL until he unexpectedly decided to throw in the towel at only 30-years-old earlier this year. Want to learn more about him?

Below is a list of 9 facts Reality TV World has compiled about Calvin Johnson Jr:

- Calvin was born on September 29, 1985 in Newnan, GA. He's 6'5" and about 240 pounds.

- His nickname is "Megatron," the leader of the Transformers robots' Decepticon villains. He was given the name by former Lions wide receiver Roy Williams and it just stuck with fans.

- One of four children, Calvin grew up in a household where academic excellence was stressed by his parents, Calvin Sr., a freight-train conductor, and Arica Johnson, a project manager with the Atlanta public-school system. He has a 27-year-old younger brother who is currently in residency at Vanderbilt.

- Calvin played college football at Georgia Institute of Technology, known as Georgia Tech, where he was recognized as an All-American twice. He also briefly played baseball there and was scouted!

- The DWTS contestant has a tattoo of the crucifixion of Jesus on his left arm and a Christian cross on his right arm. He also participates in a weekly Bible study group.

- He played nine years in the NFL, recording 731 receptions, 11,619 yards and 83 touchdowns.

- The father of one was selected by the Detroit Lions as the second pick overall in the 2007 NFL Draft.

- Calvin is a proud Christian who is funding a film called Real Love, a coming-of-age story about a girl trying to stay true to her virginity and religion.

- Calvin married Brittney McNorton in June 2016 in metro Detroit, MI. They appear to have a healthy and loving relationship.

Calvin Johnson Jr./Instagram

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