Through the 2001 season, comedian Jay Leno had been poking pleasant on the Lions’ 0-12 file. When the Lions acquired their first sport of the season 27-24 in opposition to the Minnesota Vikings, Morton, who knew of Leno’s suggestions, said, “I purchased the rattling monkey off my once more, off Marty’s once more, and I want Jay Leno to kiss my ass.” Morton later appeared on The Tonight Present, all through which Leno kissed a donkey.
Morton had a fast cameo look throughout the movie Jerry Maguire and the television sequence Moesha.
Morton’s older brother, Michael Morton, carried out at UNLV and youthful brother, Chad Morton carried out at USC. The Morton family is of African American and Japanese ethnicity.
After the departure of Perriman, Morton grew to grow to be additional of a featured receiver in Detroit’s offense throughout the ensuing years. His best season statistically was by the 1999 season when he had 80 receptions for 1129 yards on a stunning Lions group that made the playoffs that yr, whatever the shocking retirement of Barry Sanders. All instructed, Morton accomplished his skilled occupation with 624 receptions for 8719 yards and 43 touchdowns. He presently ranks third on Detroit’s all-time guidelines in every receptions and yards-receiving, with 469 and 6,499, respectively.
Detroit chosen Morton throughout the first spherical (twenty first common select) of the 1994 NFL Draft, and he carried out for the Lions from 1994 to 2001. He would go on to appreciate an needed secondary perform on a deep Lions’ receiving corps that moreover featured Professional Bowl flanker Herman Moore and veteran Brett Perriman. After learning the ropes as a rookie in 1994, Morton grew to grow to be Detroit’s featured slot receiver in 1995 and a key contributor on specific teams as a kickoff/punt returner. Morton was part of one of many very important prolific offenses in Detroit historic previous that yr, as a result of the Lions would rack up 436 complete components (second highest throughout the NFL) and end up with ten victories – displaying throughout the playoffs for the third straight season. He contributed 44 receptions on that group for 590 yards and eight touchdowns. Maybe his most memorable sport occurred that exact same season all through a conventional Thanksgiving Day sport in Detroit in opposition to the Minnesota Vikings. Moore (127 yards), Perriman (153), and Johnnie Morton (102) all eclipsed the 100-yard receiving mark, and Corridor of Fame working once more Barry Sanders rushed for 138 yards, and quarterback Scott Mitchell handed for 410 yards in a 44-38 Lions’ shootout victory.
Whereas attending the College of Southern California, Morton carried out for the USC Trojans soccer group from 1990 to 1993. He broke twelve USC group and Pacific-10 Convention info for receptions and receiving yards. Morton was nicknamed “Massive Play Morton” by Tom Kelly, and “Johnnie Hero” by USC broadcaster Pete Arbogast, due to a game-winning touchdown go Morton caught throughout the 1990 USC-UCLA rivalry sport—a 23-yard strike from Trojans quarterback Todd Marinovich with 16 seconds left that gave the Trojans a 45-42 come-from-behind victory.
Morton was born in Inglewood, California. He attended South Excessive Faculty in Torrance, California and carried out for the South Excessive Spartans highschool soccer group.
Johnnie Morton, Jr. (born October 7, 1971) is a former American soccer intensive receiver throughout the Nationwide Soccer League (NFL) by the Nineties and 2000s. He carried out faculty soccer for the College of Southern California (USC), and was acknowledged as an All-American in 1993. Initially drafted by the Detroit Lions throughout the first spherical throughout the 1994 NFL Draft, he moreover carried out professionally for the Kansas Metropolis Chiefs and San Francisco 49ers of the NFL. Morton moreover had a fast occupation in mixed martial arts stopping in 2007.