It's been a great week and a half for people wearing a No. 81 Detroit Lions jersey.
Calvin Johnson, perhaps the most recognized occupant of Detroit's No. 81, torched the Dallas Cowboys for 329 receiving yards and one touchdown in the Lions' Oct. 27 victory.
On Tuesday another man wearing a No. 81 Detroit Lions jersey had a similarly legendary performance. Ryan Riess, a 23-year-old professional poker player from Michigan, took home the $8.4 million grand prize at the World Series of poker while wearing, you guessed it, a Calvin Johnson jersey.
— Detroit Lions (@DetroitLionsNFL) November 6, 2013
Reiss' choice of attire caused quite the stir on Twitter:
Lions History! New World Series of Poker champion Ryan Riess was wearing a Calvin Johnson jersey. Megatron had 329 yds in his last game.
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) November 6, 2013
Ryan Riess, in a Calvin Johnson #Lions jersey, won $8.36 million as the Main Event Champ in the WSOP. Big couple weeks for guys wearing 81.
— Michael Rothstein (@mikerothstein) November 6, 2013
Maybe wearing a Calvin Johnson jersey automatically makes you good at things? #poker
— SB Nation (@sbnation) November 6, 2013
"You know poker is not a sport when the winner wore a Calvin Johnson jersey. You dont see Derek Jeter wearing megatrons jersey." -@Tim_TBro
— Matt Wagner (@mattywags99) November 6, 2013
Because of a salary restructuring, Johnson himself is getting paid less than $1 million this year. And the fact that a 23-year-old poker player wearing Johnson's jersey made more than Johnson himself has not gone unnoticed.
Thing I love about this Ryan Riess WSOP guy. He's first 23-year-old to wear Calvin Johnson's jersey and win 8 times Megatron's 2012 salary.
— Mike Wise (@MikeWiseguy) November 6, 2013