Former NFL linebacker Mike Morton has led a multi-faceted life.
He starred both on the field and in the classroom at A.L Brown High School in Kannapolis, North Carolina. His team was so successful that he and his teammates this fall will be celebrating the 30th anniversary of their state championship which they won in Morton’s senior year.
He earned All-ACC Academic honors while playing linebacker at the University of North Carolina. The Raiders were so impressed with his defensive play that they selected him in the fourth round of the 1995 Draft.
Are YOU impressed yet?
Morton played four seasons in Oakland before signing with the Rams in 1999 and helping Coach Dick Vermeil’s team win a Super Bowl XXXIV championship. He finished his seven-year football career with the Packers and Colts.
His life got interesting after that.
Morton decided to become a dentist after his playing days, so he returned to Chapel Hill and enrolled at the UNC School of Dentistry. He became a father of quadruplets the day before he took his final live-patient dental exam. That was 12 years ago.
The new Dr. Morton opened an office in his hometown of Kannapolis in 2007. Everything seemed to settle down (for a few hours at least) and then he was attracted to a new avocation—football officiating.
Morton began working JV games in high school, then NCAA games, and this past winter officiated in the now-defunct Alliance of American Football. He begins his fifth season on the field for ACC games this fall.
“The funny thing is I used to hate officials,” says our 47-year old dentist-linebacker-father of (now) five. “I thought all they did was not call holding on the people who held me while they were calling stupid stuff on me. I am not sure how far I will advance with the officiating but I’ve thoroughly enjoyed the people I’ve met, friendships I’ve made and being able to stay involved in the game.”
NFL Alumni, too, has thoroughly enjoyed having Dr. Mike Morton in our football community. We wish him and his family only the best In ALL his many endeavors.