Josh Norman has always been an individual with a hefty chip on his shoulder. From his early days back in Greenwood, South Carolina all the way up to his stardom in the NFL, Norman has defied the odds. And though he has been no stranger to controversy on and off the field, his story nonetheless inspires.
Full Name: Joshua Ricardo Norman
Birthdate: December 15, 1987
Birth Place: Greenwood, SC
Team: Washington Redskins / NFL
High School Career
Norman played just about every sport at Greenwood High School, including football, basketball, baseball, and track. He was a two-way player on the gridiron, contributing on both offense and defense. Despite success and accolades for his play at Greenwood, Norman received no scholarship offers whatsoever. Not deterred, Norman dedicated himself to proving doubters wrong. He bided his time at Horry Georgetown Tech in Conway South Carolina, taking courses and preparing himself for future endeavors.
Not too long after, he would walk-on at Coastal Carolina to play cornerback, a school where his brother Marrio had earned a full football scholarship. Josh would record an interception in his first start, finishing the season fifth in the Big South conference with 9 pass deflections and 2 interceptions.
In his second season at Coastal Carolina, Norman would take a tremendous leap. He would record eight interceptions, fifteen pass breakups, and two blocked kicks. His play was enough to earn him a spot on the All American third team and Big South first team. Despite playing in the less glamorous Division 1 FCS (as opposed to the FBS, at the time), Norman garnered a reputation as being one of the best college defensive backs in the country.
He continued his dominant play in his last two seasons at Coastal Carolina, completing four years and graduating with a degree in Communications. Despite all the success he had in college, Norman remained overlooked, projected as a late-round draft pick. Perhaps it was because he played at a small school and had played against weaker competition than the big boys in the Big Ten or SEC. Perhaps it was because he was less polished than other prospects. Whatever the reason, Norman would push himself to prove those who did not believe in him wrong.
He’s done just that.
Today, Norman is an all-pro cornerback considered one of the prime defensive players in the NFL. He has found success both with the Carolina Panthers and now the Washington Redskins. This spring he is competing on Dancing with the Stars against other famous athletes along with his partner, Sharna Burgess.
As we’ve learned, it would be a fool’s errand to count him out.