PuraPhy 20 Athletes 2022: Calvin ‘Megatron’ Johnson [football], #13

The PuraPhy 20 is a ranked list of individuals who fit in different categories who—right now—wield significant influence in the world of hemp oil/CBD be it with consumers, businesses, governmental officials, regulatory agencies or others. PuraPhy believes that to hold genuine power is to have the ability to persuade and influence wide swaths of relevant stakeholders. PuraPhy 20’s categories will include celebrities, politicians, athletes, scientists, influencers and more.

The PuraPhy 20 list below ranks some of the biggest athletes on the planet based on just how influential they are in shaping public opinion about the use of hemp oil/CBD and how it impacts both the exploding industry as well as the sports and pop cultural zeitgeist in the US and beyond. From David Beckham to Rob Gronkowski and from Megan Rapinoe to Paul Pierce, the roster of superstar jocks who use and love CBD is as eclectic as one might expect. And then some.


Megatron. Even his damn nickname is epic. Calvin Johnson, the former All-Pro wide receiver for the lowly Detroit Lions, was arguably the very best player in the NFL saddled with the worst franchise to play for. In fact, not since legendary running back Barry Sanders played for these same Lions, has there ever been a football player with more sheer ability stuck in the Motor City. Can you imagine Sanders—or Megatron—playing with Tom Brady, Dan Marino or Aaron Rodgers? Scary doesn’t begin to cover it.

Johnson, who retired somewhat prematurely (according to some), has launched Primitiv, a CBD brand he owns with his former teammate Rob Sims.

“From playing in the NFL and even after I retired when I was participating in Dancing With The Stars, I suffered a lot of chronic inflammation which led to pain,” the Hall of Famer said. “Then a great friend in California gave me a CBD topical which I started using on a daily basis making it the only reason I made it through the competitive show and didn’t just walk off the set.”

Megatron has spoken. Cool.