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Pneuma
05-23-2007, 08:29 AM
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LAKE FOREST, Calif., May 16 — When Johnnie Morton finished playing wide receiver in the National Football League, he carefully reviewed his retirement options: be host of a talk show, expand his real estate profile, maybe work on his golf game.

Morton played 12 professional seasons, including 8 with the Detroit Lions. He caught 43 touchdown passes in his career.

After much consideration, Morton decided that it would be best to spend his free time being body slammed into a chain-link fence by two men named Joker and Gun.

“Crazy, huh?” Joker said.

Joker’s real name is Mike Guymon. Gun’s real name is Tony Bonello. Together, they are teaching Morton how to compete in mixed martial arts, one of the few sports that may be more violent and more dangerous than professional football.

“I’ve gotten hit a lot in my life,” said Morton, who spent 12 seasons going over the middle against N.F.L. safeties. “But I’ve never gotten hit like this.”

Morton will walk into a ring for the first time June 2 at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, beginning his second career. He expects to ask himself the same question that friends, family members and former teammates have been asking him for months: What in the world are you thinking?

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http://www.nytimes.com/2007/05/22/sports/othersports/22morton.html?_r=1&oref=slogin

Discuss...

Cave Johnson
05-23-2007, 08:38 AM
I wonder if the "gay" allegations will sit well with his MMA competitors?

Bob Dole
05-23-2007, 08:52 AM
Bob Dole thought he had read Morton's name on a fight bill before now...

Edit: Not finding anything, so maybe it was just advance-advance promo for this one.

Editedit: Yeah. Back in March on here. http://www.chiefsplanet.com/BB/showthread.php?t=160166

Molitoth
05-23-2007, 09:44 AM
Morton was never a fighter. Like many receivers, he would try to hit linebackers when they were looking the other way. But Morton said there was only one person in the N.F.L. he would really like to see in the ring — Matt Millen, the Lions’ president. Millen directed a homosexual epithet at Morton after a game between Detroit and Kansas City in 2003, when Morton was playing for the Chiefs.