By Ashley Dunkak

ALLEN PARK (CBS DETROIT) – For the second time in less than a year, a pair of Detroit athletes has landed on the cover of Sports Illustrated.

The Tigers’ sluggers Miguel Cabrera and Prince Fielder got the honor today, but less than a year ago the magazine featured the Lions’ Calvin Johnson and Matthew Stafford on the cover of the NFL preview issue.

“That was cool because, one, you get to see it all the time,” Johnson said, “and that’s a bond that’s always going to be there.”

In a society that is getting more and more of its news from the Internet instead of paper sources, Sports Illustrated seems to be remaining relevant. At least to Johnson, getting one’s photo on the cover of Sports Illustrated is still an accomplishment.

“That’s definitely a big deal,” he said.

The Tigers, who lead the AL Central and have one of the best pitching rotations in MLB, have certainly done well this season, and Johnson said he supports them big-time.

“They’re great players,” Johnson said, “and we’ve got a great team here.”


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