Hired on March 17, 2014, as assistant special teams coach, Morton joined the Seahawks after spending four seasons in the same role with the Green Bay Packers. In 2015, he will also work with running backs.
Morton’s contributions in Green Bay affected various aspects of the return game, where Randall Cobb remained an explosive factor on kick returns and was named a first alternate for the Pro Bowl as a kick returner in 2013. Cobb ultimately paired his proficiency on returns with his emergence as the offense’s go-to receiver and became the first player in NFL history to have 900-plus kickoff return yards (964) and receiving yards (954) in the same season.
Cobb was also named a Pro Bowl alternate and to the Pro Football Weekly/PFWA All-Rookie team for his efforts as the team’s primary returner in 2011. A former return specialist himself, Morton was instrumental in helping acclimate Cobb to the pro game. Cobb finished with 34 kickoff returns for 941 yards and a touchdown, and finished the season ranked No. 2 in the NFL (first among rookies) with a 27.7 average.
A seven-year NFL veteran as a player, Morton was a running back and kick/punt returner who began his career with New Orleans in 2000 as a fifth-round draft pick. Serving primarily as a returner as a pro, Morton tallied 5,401 career kickoff-return yards and three kick-return scores, as well as 1,431 career punt-return yards and one score, in 93 career games. He was selected as a Pro Bowl alternate as a returner in 2002 and 2005.
He is the only player in NFL history to return a kickoff for a touchdown in regulation and overtime in the same game (at Buffalo, 9/8/02) and joins Chicago’s Dave Williams (at Detroit, Nov. 27, 1980) as the only players in NFL history to return a kickoff for a touchdown in overtime.
In 2000 with the Saints, Morton tied the NFL single-game playoff record with 13 receptions, against the Minnesota Vikings.
Morton was an All-Pac-10 selection at Southern California, where he served as the team’s primary running back his final two seasons. He led the team with 1,141 yards and 15 touchdowns on 262 carries as a senior, and he ranks 11th on the Trojans’ all-time rushing list with 2,511 career yards. He graduated from USC with a degree in sociology.
Born on April 4, 1977, in Torrance, Calif., Morton attended South High School in Torrance, where he played running back and also ran track. His older brother, Johnnie, played wide receiver for 12 seasons (1994-2005) in the NFL, including eight with the Detroit Lions.
Morton and his wife, Tamra, have two sons, Avery and Aiden, and two daughters, Alexis and Ariella.