In today’s edition of 100 Days, 100 Detroit Lions, we honor the guy who played Robin to Herman Moore’s Batman in the Lions passing attack during the 1990s.
60. Johnnie Morton
Wide Receiver. 1994-2001 Detroit; 2002-Present Kansas City Chiefs
Johnnie Morton, the Lions’ 1994 first-round pick out of the University of Southern California, would begin his career quietly, catching only 3 passes in 14 games as a rookie. However, over the course of his next seven seasons, he would claim his place among the best pass catchers in team history. The classic possession receiver, Morton could always be counted on to make the tough catch in traffic. In addition, he was a skilled runner after the catch and was never afraid to help out with a block downfield.
While his numbers weren’t in the sphere of his teammate Herman Moore, Morton was a model of consistency for the Lions. From 1997-2001, he would catch at least 67 passes each season, with four of those years finishing with over 1,000 yards through the air. Morton was not resigned by the Lions after the 2001 season, instead joining the Kansas City Chiefs as a free-agent. Morton would wind up his Lion career behind only Herman Moore in career catches (469), and receiving yards (6,499). He holds a three-way tie with Terry Barr and Leonard Thompson for third all-time in career receiving touchdowns with 35.