During the 2001 season, comic Jay Leno had been poking enjoyable on the Lions’ 0-12 file. When the Lions received their first sport of the season 27-24 in opposition to the Minnesota Vikings, Morton, who knew of Leno’s feedback, stated, “I bought the rattling monkey off my again, off Marty’s again, and I need Jay Leno to kiss my ass.” Morton later appeared on The Tonight Show, throughout which Leno kissed a donkey.
Morton had a quick cameo look within the film Jerry Maguire and the tv sequence Moesha.
Morton’s older brother, Michael Morton, performed at UNLV and youthful brother, Chad Morton performed at USC. The Morton household is of African American and Japanese ethnicity.
After the departure of Perriman, Morton grew to become extra of a featured receiver in Detroit’s offense within the ensuing years. His finest season statistically was through the 1999 season when he had 80 receptions for 1129 yards on a shocking Lions group that made the playoffs that yr, regardless of the surprising retirement of Barry Sanders. All instructed, Morton completed his professional profession with 624 receptions for 8719 yards and 43 touchdowns. He presently ranks third on Detroit’s all-time checklist in each receptions and yards-receiving, with 469 and 6,499, respectively.
Detroit chosen Morton within the first spherical (twenty first general choose) of the 1994 NFL Draft, and he performed for the Lions from 1994 to 2001. He would go on to realize an necessary secondary function on a deep Lions’ receiving corps that additionally featured Pro Bowl flanker Herman Moore and veteran Brett Perriman. After studying the ropes as a rookie in 1994, Morton grew to become Detroit’s featured slot receiver in 1995 and a key contributor on particular groups as a kickoff/punt returner. Morton was a part of one of the vital prolific offenses in Detroit historical past that yr, because the Lions would rack up 436 whole factors (second highest within the NFL) and find yourself with ten victories – showing within the playoffs for the third straight season. He contributed 44 receptions on that group for 590 yards and eight touchdowns. Perhaps his most memorable sport occurred that very same season throughout a traditional 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 Hall of Fame working again Barry Sanders rushed for 138 yards, and quarterback Scott Mitchell handed for 410 yards in a 44-38 Lions’ shootout victory.
While attending the University of Southern California, Morton performed for the USC Trojans soccer group from 1990 to 1993. He broke twelve USC group and Pacific-10 Conference information for receptions and receiving yards. Morton was nicknamed “Big Play Morton” by Tom Kelly, and “Johnnie Hero” by USC broadcaster Pete Arbogast, because of a game-winning landing go Morton caught within 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 High School in Torrance, California and performed for the South High Spartans highschool soccer group.
Johnnie Morton, Jr. (born October 7, 1971) is a former American soccer extensive receiver within the National Football League (NFL) through the Nineties and 2000s. He performed school soccer for the University of Southern California (USC), and was acknowledged as an All-American in 1993. Originally drafted by the Detroit Lions within the first spherical within the 1994 NFL Draft, he additionally performed professionally for the Kansas City Chiefs and San Francisco 49ers of the NFL. Morton additionally had a quick profession in combined martial arts preventing in 2007.