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26. Johnnie Morton, WR, 1994-2001

Johnnie Morton’s career can be summed up rather easily — half of the Lions’ 1990 passing attack.

He played college football for the University of Southern California (USC), and was recognized as an All-American.

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  • Detroit selected Morton in the first round (21st overall pick) of the 1994 NFL Draft, and he played for the Lions from 1994 to 2001. He would go on to achieve an important secondary role on a deep Lions’ receiving corps that also featured Pro Bowl flanker Herman Moore and veteran Brett Perriman. After learning the ropes as a rookie in 1994, Morton became Detroit’s featured slot receiver in 1995 and a key contributor on special teams as a kickoff/punt returner.

    After the departure of Perriman, Morton became more of a featured receiver in Detroit’s offense in the ensuing years. His best season statistically was during the 1999 season when he had 80 receptions for 1129 yards on a surprising Lions team that made the playoffs that year, despite the unexpected retirement of Barry Sanders. All told, Morton finished his pro career with 624 receptions for 8719 yards and 43 touchdowns. He currently ranks third on Detroit’s all-time list in both receptions and yards-receiving, with 469 and 6,499, respectively.