Johnnie Morton Will Try His Hand at Mixed Martial Arts

12 seasons in the NFL on three different teams which resulted in 43 touchdowns and nearly 9,000 career receiving yards. A 1st round pick out of college and 1993 All-American honors. 138 yards receiving and a TD in the playoffs.

And where do all those accomplishments get former USC great and Detroit Lions WR Johnnie Morton? Into mixed martial arts. That’s right. In an email from a P.R. group I received, it stated this:

FEG (Fighting Entertainment Group), ProElite and Showtime will announce Softbank presents DYNAMITE!! USA in association with ProElite, a major pay-per-view event at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum with some of the world’s best mixed martial arts fighters, including 7-foot-2 South Korean Hong Man Choi, mixed martial arts legend Royce Gracie, former pro wrestler Brock Lesnar and former USC Trojan and Detroit Lion football star Johnnie Morton. Reporters will have the opportunity to speak with fighters, as well as representatives from FEG, promotional partner ProElite and Showtime.

7’2″ Hong Man Choi against 6’0″ Johnnie Morton. Yeah, I’d pay to see that.

And to think, Matt Millen called Morton a “faggot.”

Maybe Morton’s got an axe to grind.

(or he’s really desperate for dough)

Well, at least the bright side is that unlike most other former athletes, he’s keeping himself in shape.

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  • Derek

    Guess that pro career never worked out for Brock Lesner……..that guy is huge

  • JS

    I doubt Johnnie is desperate for dough, how many free agent contracts did he sign?

    BTW, Johnnie and his brother, Chad, were both Academic All-Americans and were awarded post-graduate NCAA schollie awards.

  • Damn Cousin

    You know who this is lil Johnnie I would have never guessed this one though MMA you must be really bored or are you still having Nightmares from me choking you out when we were younger. Just remember to not press the snooze button when the alarm goes off for your morning run. Because it is real hard getting up when you are sleeping in silk pajamas but never fear your cousin is rooting for you because if you do happen to become a world champion and no matter how many people you beat you are stll 0-2 against your younger cousin so you could become champion of the world and still be a contender in regards to the Family title but nevertheless I look forward to watching you in all your heavenly glory signing out Hesikya aka the Family Champ

  • Alan

    I’m related to Junior only by marriage. When he started out in football you could call him human. My wife baked him cookies so when I met him at the end of the game he could have a treat. Well how did he ‘treat’ us once he made a buck or a touchdown in football, like dirt. His mother was worse. One day I asked his younger brother Chad to see if he could get Junior to autograph a Chiefs football for my best friend who had broken his neck but loved his Chiefs and admired Junior. Well a $65 football never got autographed, it was lost by either brother and when I asked his mother and father about it by leaving a note on the iron fence that guards their home, the next thing I heard was from my mother in law, Johnnie’s aunt who told me that Katz and Johnnie accused me of ‘stalking’ them. So why the story, while family should always be family and former USC greats like Johnnie and his brother Chad (who have a 1/2 brother who played for J.K McKay and the Bucs in the 70’s) go from career to career, now fighting for a living, no matter how much money they make, they should always remain ‘humans’ and kind to their fellow man. Millen was wrong on words but maybe right on in judging Johnnie as into himself. I remember Chad riding ontop of his older brother when they were youngsters, they always would ask me for a ride in my 82’Mustang GT, when I asked them over 20 yrs later for an autographed football for my injured friend, I got nothing but attitude. Johnnie – I wish you well in your new career, you’ll always be successful in life, just one question – where is my friends special KC Chief Football signed. See he still values you and a team you were a part of, even after what you never did and costing him a valued item.

  • J-Mo


    First of all, if you have something to say, say it to my face. Why go onto a website and leave a posted message? If you were a real man you’d address me personally. You know how to get ahold of me. You say you’re not a stalker? How did you find out about my fight and why are you on some site blogging about me? You seem to be infatuated with me. You talk about what Matt Millen said about me? Maybe he was talking about you. Why don’t you mention in your little whiny little blog about the time you asked me for $35,000 but didn’t want me to mention it to anyone? You’re the only relative to come out of the woodwork and ask me for money. Hmm, seems you forgot about that. The time after the San Diego game a lot of people asked me who that crazy guy was who wouldn’t leave you alone and was harassing you. One final thing. My father was shot 8 times and survived and that incident caused a lot of grief for my family. He survived luckily. Some time after that you wrote an anonymous letter telling him how happy you were that that happened. You said a lot of nasty things in that letter. I know it was you that wrote it because it came shortly after I denied you that money and you know my father didn’t approve of you asking. You are a fucking coward and know that you’ve gone public talking shit about me, when/if I see you next, you’re going to have a big fucking problem. You fucked up Alan and I’ll see to it that you pay bitch. Payback’s a motherfucker…

  • Scott


    First of all this wasn’t posted by Alan. It was posted by me, Scott, I’m alan’s friend from work. He’s told me so much about you, actually so proud of all you were and all that you’ll be. It was my selfishness in that all I should have asked you was “Where is my Special Addition KC Chiefs Football”? Alan said he had given it to Chad over 2 yrs ago to ask you to get some KC Chief’s autographs on it. See I had just broken my neck and was recovering. Alan was so proud of all you were that I asked him to see if he could get some signitures. But alas you were released from the Chiefs so all I really wanted was the football back.

    See he told me he had been trying now for ovder 8 yrs to do just that, talk directly to you. However his married family, your mother had told him to steer clear of you so he has been doing just that, honoring the wishes of his family.

    Please accept my apology and do not be mad at him.

    It wasn’t about the $65 football, it was about integrity of which I know you have alot of. Good luck in your new career.

    signed Scott

  • Scott

    P.S> I found out about your fight from the website the article was posted on. I decided to blog you Johnnie because Alan’s inquiries had gone un answered by you. Oh by the way, that money, well it was for a possible shot at a life dude. He did it against his families wishes because he believed in your good heart since you had offered his wife to open up a bakery. His terrific mother and father in law came thru for him and his wife and it was only $15K.

    Anyway, it was me, a Life long chiefs fan, not Alan, sorry for the blog once again.

  • Damn Cousin

    Man cousin mf’s asking and demanding cash , having so called family members, and their best friends to start talking shit and then backing down. Challenging your integrity. Life is funny lil johnnie at times in our lives we wish we could be all things to all people and then we find out one day that the only person you owe anything to is yourself and so you make adjustments in your life to suit your needs at those particular times. I was riding with my kids in the car the other day on our way to the boxing gym ( yes my kids are boxers)and my daughter was looking thru my moms old family albums Your Aunt Bernice and she said Daddy who is this little boy in the picture with you he has big afro and she starts laughing so my eldest son looks at the picture and says thats Johnnie Jr. Dads cousin. Well my daughter loves to ask me questions about my childhood so she says to me Daddy how come you never talk about him and I said Samiya sometimes in life we go down different paths and sometimes just because you dont talk about someone does not mean you do not love and cherish those times that you were together. So as my kids got out of the car to go into the gym. I sat in my car and thought when was the last time that I had actually even seen or spoke to you? USC practice field the beginning of your sophmore season and we gave each other a hug and we said until the next time. That was 16 years ago long enough for a career to end and a new one to start maybe one day we can meet at a boxing gym in the ring like Apollo Creed and Rocky and I could let these hands loose on you lol. With out resentment or animosity just two 1st cousins talking about life. Tell Chad congrats on his marriage and new Bride (And Tell him yes things are going to change). Tell Eric I said whats up and I Love you guys. P.S. Whenever you come to Vegas stop by 100 Black Men Academy of Excellence there lies a little girl named Samiya Cogmon who would love to hear all about you when you was a lil boy on up to you as a grown one. Your cousin Steve aka Hesikya The Family Champ

  • J-Mo


    I bench 405 lbs. My left hand is named “Hospital” my right is named “Cemetery”. My kicks break ribs. My takedowns are lightning quick. I’m 6’0 215 lbs. at 4 percent body fat. I’ve got mad cardio. Thanks for all of your comments but you have no chance, sorry.

  • Damn Cousin

    LOL You Are very funny Young Johnnie but what you fail to realize is why you are trying to learn how to be a fighter. I am a born fighter with all the tricks of the trade. Hospital and Cemetary WoW for a moment I had forgot how corny you can be but we are family so I won’t hold it against you. LoL man you have not changed one bit. But what you may have missed out on Lil Daddy is I said boxing gym so your kicks are not legal and your takedowns man don’t bore me. I am at Johnny Toccos boxing gym everyday except Sundays And I would love for you to really show me how good you really are. You my cousin will be my masterpiece. I will leave you my best work whenever you are ready And remember I ain’t hard to find just ask your daddy.

  • Ryan

    hey Johnnie im your biggest fan no doubt and i mean ive bought every jersey of yours from usc to san fran i live in michigan and i grew up on watching you play also my biggest dream is t0 meet you in person because your such a badass and i cant wait till the fight.

  • Bluebruin

    What the?! Man… Now that I’m laughing at all of this stuff, I’m going to have to watch this fight.

  • Bluebruin

    There’s no way I can miss “hospital” and “cemetery” go to work; however, won ‘t you need a translation? I know Spanish, and given that you’re fighting Dos Caras, you’ll likely need to change those names to “hospital” (aaahhh, well, I forgot that in Spanish, this word is spelled exactly the same. You’ll just have to say it with an Accent, J-mo) and “cementerio.” This way, Dos Caras will remember the name of the hands that beat him down.

  • Crash Bam Boom

    Looks like you have some jilted family. I guess they wanted some of that gravy you made. Looks like T.F.
    Kick Dos’s ass.