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Ken Norton, Jr.
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Norton at USC's traditional pregame "Trojan Walk"
Position(s)
Linebacker
Jersey #(s)
51
Born September 29, 1966 (1966-09-29) (age 43)
Jacksonville, Illinois
Career information
Year(s) 19882000
NFL Draft 1988 / Round: 2 / Pick: 41
College UCLA
Professional teams
Career stats
Sacks 12.5
Interceptions 6
Defensive Touchdowns 2
Stats at NFL.com
Career highlights and awards

Kenneth Howard Norton, Jr. (born September 29, 1966 in Jacksonville, Illinois) is a former American football linebacker in the National Football League and the Linebacker Coach for the NFL's Seattle Seahawks. He is the son of the former heavyweight champion Ken Norton. He was the first player to win a Super Bowl ring in three consecutive years.

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College career

Norton Jr. is a graduate of Westchester High School in California, where he played as a running back averaging 8.8 yards per carry as a senior.

He went on to play at UCLA from 1984-1987.

He was converted to linebacker, the position he would play for the remainder of his football career.

He was a member of the 1985 conference championship team, and helped the Bruins to four consecutive bowl wins

Norton led team in tackles in 1986 with 106 and did it again in 1987 with 125. He ranks sixth in school history with 339 career tackles.

He earned All-American honors in 1987.[1] At only 6'1" he was short for a linebacker, but played at a formidable 254 pounds.

In 1987 he was also a finalist for the Butkus Award and was named the team's defensive MVP.

In 1998 he was inducted in the UCLA Hall of Fame.

Professional career

He was drafted in the second round of the 1988 NFL Draft by the Dallas Cowboys.

He spent most of his rookie year on injured reserve with a broken thumb.

In 1989 Norton and Jesse Solomon shared the weakside linebacker position. He played the first and third quarters, Solomon the second and fourth.

In 1990, he became a full-time starter when Solomon held out and was eventually traded to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. A knee injury sidelined him for the last two games of the season.

In 1991, he bounced back from knee surgery and was used at strongside linebacker and middle linebacker during that season Eventually settling in at the middle linebacker spot.

In 1992, he blossomed as a player and became the leader of the defense, leading the team in tackles with 120 and helping the Cowboys win their first Super Bowl in the 90's. That year the Cowboys had the number one defense in the league, but no player was voted to the Pro Bowl. He also started doing his trademarked punching of the goal posts or the air, after making good plays. A tribute to his father, the one time boxing Heavy Weight Champion of The World, Ken Norton.

In 1993, he had to play through a torn biceps injury, but still managed to lead the team in tackles with 159, helping the Cowboys win their second straight Super Bowl. He was also selected to his first Pro Bowl. Norton is also notable for his part in ending the career of Napoleon McCallum. In the first game of the 1994 season, Norton, along with several other 49ers, tackled McCallum during play. McCallum's knee eventually went backwards into an unnatural position, almost at a 90 degree angle. After the play, Norton remained under McCallum while medical staff attended to McCallum.

He played in Dallas between 1988 and 1993, assisting the Cowboys to victory in Super Bowl XXVII and Super Bowl XXVIII. Norton scored a touchdown on a fumble recovery in the fourth quarter of Super Bowl XXVII, helping to seal a Dallas victory.

In the 90's when free agency was instituted in the NFL, the Cowboys organization felt they could find linebackers through the draft, without the need of paying a premium and adversely impacting the salary cap, so they allowed talented and productive players like Ken Norton Jr., Darren Smith, Dixon Edwards, Robert Jones and Randall Godfrey to leave via free agency, instead of signing them in to long-term contracts.

During the first year of free agency, he joined the San Francisco 49ers from 1994 to 2000, becoming the first player to win three consecutive Super Bowls (Super Bowl XXIX). Norton was selected to his second Pro Bowl in 1995. Norton was also named to the NFL All-Pro Team following the 1995 season.

Norton finished his 13 NFL seasons with 12 sacks and 5 interceptions, which he returned for 127 yards (116 m) and 2 touchdowns (both in the same game against the Saint Louis Rams in 1995). He also recovered 13 fumbles and returned them for 36 yards (33 m). Along with ex-teammate Deion Sanders, Norton won consecutive Super Bowls on different teams.

Coaching career

Ken Norton Jr

After retiring from the NFL, Norton Jr. served as a radio and television commentator and analyst, and coached football at Hamilton High School in Los Angeles, California.

In 2004, he joined the coaching staff of the USC Trojan football team under Head Coach Pete Carroll. From 2004-present, he has served as the linebacker coach for the Trojans; while at USC he has helped recruit and developed NFL-bound linebackers such as NFL Pro Bowler Lofa Tatupu, Dallas Sartz, Keith Rivers, Brian Cushing, Kaluka Maiava, Clay Matthews III, and Rey Maualuga.

In January 2008, Norton declined offers by UCLA's new head coach, Rick Neuheisel, to join the Bruins coaching as an assistant head coach.[1]

On January 7, 2009, Norton was promoted to USC Assistant Head Coach for Defense. A form of recognition of his continuing work with the USC linebacker corps, he has developed three consecutive Rose Bowl MVPs: Brian Cushing (2007), Rey Maualuga (2008) and Kaluka Maiava (2009).[2]

Attending the player evaluations of the by-invitation-only 2009 NFL Scouting Combine were all four of Norton's Trojan senior class linebacker proteges: Brian Cushing, Kaluka Maiava, Clay Matthews III, and Rey Maualuga, the continuation of a football coaching legacy becoming known as "USC Linebacker U.".

On January 11, 2010, it was announced that USC linebackers coach Ken Norton Jr. would be joining Pete Carroll in Seattle to fill the same role with the Seahawks.[3]

Personal

Norton is the son of Ken Norton, former world champion heavyweight boxer and one of the few to ever beat Muhammad Ali. He and his wife, Angela, have 3 children: Brittney, Sabrina, and Ken III. In 1981 Ken Norton Jr. hit a Grand Slam Home run off of right-handed pitcher, Robert Sullivan in an All-Star Little League game between the Palos Verdes All-Stars and the Inglewood Al-Stars...

Noteworthy Plays

  • In tribute to his father's boxing career, Ken Norton Jr. would strike a boxing stance in the end zone each time he scored a defensive touchdown and throw a punching combination at the goalpost pad.
  • Early in the Second Quarter of Super Bowl XXVII, Norton, on a third-down and one from the one-yard line, with his feet in the end zone, solo tackled Kenneth Davis preventing a touchdown. Consequently the Bills opted for a fourth-down pass which was intercepted by Thomas Everett. The Goal line stand would later be recognized by analysts as the point where the game truly got away from the Bills.

References

  1. ^ a b Gary Klein, Norton turns down UCLA, will remain at USC, Los Angeles Times, January 15, 2008.
  2. ^ Gary Klein, Pete Carroll promotes Rocky Seto to defensive coordinator, Los Angeles Times, January 8, 2009, Accessed January 8, 2009.
  3. ^ http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/news/story?id=4810861

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Template:NFLretired Kenneth Howard Norton, Jr. (born September 29, 1966 in Lincoln, Illinois) is a former American football linebacker in the National Football League and the current Assistant Head Coach for Defense and Linebacker Coach for the University of Southern California (and the builder and inspiration of "USC Linebacker U."). He is the son of the of the former heavyweight champion Ken Norton.

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College career

Norton Jr. is a graduate of Westchester High School in California, where he played as a running back averaging 8.8 yards per carry as a senior.

He went on to play at the University of California, Los Angeles from 1984-1987.

He was converted to linebacker, the position he would play for the remainder of his football career.

He was a member of the 1985 conference championship team, and helped the Bruins to four consecutive bowl wins

Norton led team in tackles in 1986 with 106 and did it again in 1987 with 125. He ranks sixth in school history with 339 career tackles.

He earned All-American honors in 1987.[1] At only 6'1" he was short for a linebacker, but played at a formidable 254 pounds.

In 1987 he was also a finalist for the Butkus Award and was named the team's defensive MVP.

In 1998 he was inducted in the UCLA Hall of Fame.

Professional career

He was drafted in the second round of the 1988 NFL draft by the Dallas Cowboys.

He spent most of his rookie year on injured reserve with a broken thumb.

In 1989 Norton and Jesse Solomon shared the weakside linebacker position. He played the first and third quarters, Solomon the second and fourth.

In 1990, he became a full-time starter when Solomon held out and was eventually traded to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. A knee injury sidelined him for the last two games of the season.

In 1991, he bounced back from knee surgery and was used at strongside linebacker and middle linebacker during that season Eventually settling in at the middle linebacker spot.

In 1992, he blossomed as a player and became the leader of the defense, leading the team in tackles with 120 and helping the Cowboys win their first Super Bowl in the 90's. That year the Cowboys had the number one defense in the league, but no player was voted to the Pro Bowl. He also started doing his trademarked punching of the goal posts or the air, after making good plays. A tribute to his father, the one time boxing Heavy Weight Champion of The World, Ken Norton.

In 1993, he had to play through a torn biceps injury, but still managed to lead the team in tackles with 159, helping the Cowboys win their second straight Super Bowl. He was also selected to his first Pro Bowl.

He played in Dallas between 1988 and 1993, assisting the Cowboys to victory in Super Bowl XXVII and Super Bowl XXVIII. Norton scored a touchdown on a fumble recovery in the fourth quarter of Super Bowl XXVII, helping to seal a Dallas victory.

In the 90's when free agency was instituted in the NFL, the Cowboys organization felt they could find linebackers through the draft, without the need of paying a premium and adversely impacting the salary cap, so they allowed talented and productive players like Ken Norton Jr., Darren Smith, Dixon Edwards, Robert Jones and Randall Godfrey to leave via free agency, instead of signing them in to long-term contracts.

During the first year of free agency, he joined the San Francisco 49ers from 1994 to 2000, becoming the first player to win three consecutive Super Bowls (Super Bowl XXIX). Norton was selected to his second Pro Bowl in 1995. Norton was also named to the NFL All-Pro Team following the 1995 season.

Norton finished his 13 NFL seasons with 12 sacks and 5 interceptions, which he returned for 127 yards (116 m) and 2 touchdowns (both in the same game against the Saint Louis Rams in 1995). He also recovered 13 fumbles and returned them for 36 yards (33 m). Along with ex-teammate Deion Sanders, Norton won consecutive Super Bowls on different teams.

Coaching career

After retiring from the NFL, Norton Jr. served as a radio and television commentator and analyst, and coached football at Hamilton High School in Los Angeles, California.

In 2004, he joined the coaching staff of the USC Trojan football team under Head Coach Pete Carroll. From 2004-present, he has served as the linebacker coach for the Trojans; while at USC he has helped recruit and developed NFL-bound linebackers such as NFL Pro Bowler Lofa Tatupu, Dallas Sartz, Keith Rivers, Brian Cushing, Kaluka Maiava, Clay Matthews III, and Rey Maualuga.

In January 2008, Norton declined offers by UCLA's new head coach, Rick Neuheisel, to join the Bruins coaching as an assistant head coach.[1]

On January 7, 2009, Norton was promoted to USC Assistant Head Coach for Defense. A form of recognition of his continuing work with the USC linebacker corps, he has developed three consecutive Rose Bowl MVPs: Brian Cushing (2007), Rey Maualuga (2008) and Kaluka Maiava (2009).[2].

Attending the player evaluations of the by-invitation-only 2009 NFL Scouting Combine were all four of Norton's Trojan senior class linebacker proteges: Brian Cushing, Kaluka Maiava, Clay Matthews III, and Rey Maualuga, the continuation of a football coaching legacy becoming known as "USC Linebacker U.".[3][4][5][6]

Personal

Norton is the son of Ken Norton, former world champion heavyweight boxer and one of the few to ever beat Muhammad Ali. He and his wife, Angela, have 3 children: Brittney, Sabrina, and Ken III.

Noteworthy Plays

  • On September 5, 1994, during a Monday Night Football broadcast when Norton's 49ers were playing the Los Angeles Raiders, Norton tackled Raiders running back Napoleon McCallum at the line of scrimmage. McCallum's cleats became stuck in the turf, and Norton's force of weight resulted in McCallum's knee apparently bending backwards. McCallum suffered from a dislocated knee and nearly died due to a ruptured artery; he never played again.
  • In tribute to his father's boxing career, Ken Norton Jr. would strike a boxing stance in the end zone each time he scored a defensive touchdown and throw a punching combination at the goalpost pad.
  • Early in the Second Quarter of Super bowl XXVII, Norton, on a third-down and one from the one-yard line, with his feet in the end zone, solo tackled Kenneth Davis preventing a touchdown. Consequently the Bills opted for a fourth-down pass which was intercepted by Thomas Everett. The Goal line stand would later be recognized by analysts as the point where the game truly got away from the Bills.

References

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