|Weight Class||Light Heavyweight (205 lbs.)|
|Birth Date||October 7, 1971|
|Fighting Out Of||Torrence, California|
|Johnnie Morton Pictures||Official Website|
Johnnie James Morton, Jr. is a former NFL wide receiver. He was released by the San Francisco 49ers after the 2005 season and retired from pro football thereafter. Originally, he was drafted by the Detroit Lions in the 1st round (21st overall) in the 1994 NFL Draft. He played there until 2002, when he signed with the Kansas City Chiefs. He played there for three years. He then signed with the 49ers and only played the 2005 NFL season with them.
He also competed in one mixed martial arts bout.
|Record||0 - 1 - 0 (Win – Loss – Draw)|
|Loss||Bernard Ackah||KO (Punch)||K-1 HERO's: Dynamite!! USA||6/02/2007||1||0:38|
He played at the University of Southern California. Morton managed to break USC and Pac-10 records for receptions and yards. Morton is nicknamed "Johnnnie Hero" by USC broadcaster Pete Arbogast, thanks to a game-winning touchdown pass Morton caught and in the 1990 USC-UCLA game - a 23-yard strike from Todd Marinovich with 16 seconds left in the game to give the Trojans a thrilling 45-42 win.
Mixed Martial Arts Career
Morton made his Mixed Martial Arts début on the June 2, 2007, at K-1 Dynamite!! USA. In a pre-fight interview with Sherdog he revealed that he had only a few months of martial arts training in preparation for the fight. He lost to Bernard Ackah in 38 seconds of the first round via knockout.
After the fight, Morton was suspended indefinitely and denied his purse ($100,000) by the California State Athletic Commission (CSAC) after refusing to take his post-fight anti-doping test. It was revealed by the CSAC on June 9, 2007 that Morton tested positive for anabolic steroids. According to CSAC executive officer Armando Garcia, Morton tested positive for a "very elevated TE ratio, which is testosterone. And that is 83.9 -- the normal industry standard for an athlete is 6." Morton faces a possible revocation of his fighting license and fine.
Johnnie's younger brother, Chad Morton, also played at USC.
The Mortons are of mixed ethnicity, African-American and Japanese.
Johnnie had a brief cameo appearance in the movie Jerry Maguire.
- During the 2001 season, comedian Jay Leno had been poking fun at the Lions' 0-12 record. When the Lions won their first game of the season 27-24 against the Minnesota Vikings, Morton, who knew of Leno's comments, said, "I want Jay Leno to kiss my ass." Morton later appeared on The Tonight Show, during which Leno proceeded to kiss a donkey.