Josh Norman is probably one of the best cornerbacks in the National Football League (NFL). Before signing a 5-year contract with the Washington Redskins, Josh began his professional career with the Carolina Panthers, who selected him for the 5th round of the 2012 NFL Draft.
He also played college football at Coastal Carolina and participated in the 26th in the celebrity series Dancing with the Stars, where he finished second.
Josh Norman’s Biography
Josh was born on December 15, 1987, in Greenwood Carolina as Joshua Ricardo Norman. He attended Greenwood High School, where he started playing American football. Josh was a member of the school team that won the 2006 South Carolina State Championship.
He was also named an All-State football player and was one of the few selected to play in the North-South All-Star Game. To further enhance his expertise, Josh Norman was called to the All-Lakeland Region 4A in the attack. In addition to playing soccer, Josh Norman also participated in other games such as baseball, basketball, and athletics, which were held at Greenwood High School in his day.
Despite his illustrious high school career, Josh did not receive scholarship offers from Division I schools. After high school, he moved in with his brother, Marrio Norman, who also played soccer and received a full soccer scholarship to Coastal Carolina. To improve while waiting for the right opportunity, he began taking courses at Horry Georgetown Tech and in 2008 was offered a spot on the Coastal Carolina Chanticleers soccer team as an errand boy.
As a rookie, he played twelve games and started seven. His first start was the game against North Carolina A&T, where he also recorded his first interception. He later recorded twenty-six solo tackles and thirty-five tackles in total, putting him in ninth place in the team’s most tackles. Later, Josh recorded nine pass defenses and two interceptions and was ranked as Big South.
His seven tackles, one interception, and one pass defense also earned him the Big South Freshman of the Week award. For his second year, Coastal Carolina offered him a scholarship for his good performances so far, and he did not disappoint. The Associated Press named him the third All-American team, he also won the first All-Big South team and made the list of Sporting News’ “Fabulous Fifty” All-American team.
It was also during his second season that he broke the school record and finished second in the nation with 8 interceptions. He also finished 3rd in the interceptions per game with a score of 0.73. Josh then went on to win both the Big South Defensive Player of the Week and the National Defensive Player of the Week.
In his junior season, he recorded fifty-six tackles and finished fifth on the team and third in the Big South Defensive Player of the Week with nine passing defenses. Josh ended his college career with eleven career interceptions and 23 pass cancellations to become the second to set such records in the school’s history.
Norman was voted 143rd overall by the Carolina Panthers in the fifth round of the 2012 NFL Draft and became the third Carolina player ever drafted after Tyler Thigpen, who was drafted in 2007, and Jerome Simpson, who was drafted the following year (2008).
During his rookie season, he played sixteen games, started twelve, and recorded his first interception in his career during a game against the Chicago Bears. Josh ended his rookie season with seventy-three tackles, seven defended passes and one interception.
The second season was not very impressive for him. Although the Panthers rose to the second-best defense in the NFL this season after finishing first in the league with sixty tackles with sixty points per game and third in the DVOA defense, Josh Norman only played seven games and was inactive for the rest of the season.
In 2015 he was named First All-Pro Team of the season and finished 11th in the NFL Top 100 Players of 2016. In April 2016, the Norman franchise revoked the brand after the two parties failed to reach a long-term agreement. Following this decision, Josh became an unrestricted free player and in the same month signed a five-year contract with the Washington Redskins worth $75 million.
With his latest deal, Norman became the highest-paid cornerback in NFL history at the time, surpassing Darrelle Revis’ $36 million contracts with the New York Jets in 2015. He started every single game of the season and ended the season with sixty-seven tackles, nineteen passes, three interceptions, and two forced fumbles.
At the end of the season, he was named the 59th best player in the NFL Top 100 Players of the Year (2017) by his peers. During a game against the Kansas City Chiefs, Norman suffered an injury that kept him out of the game for the rest of the season.
Who Is Josh Norman’s Girlfriend?
Josh is not married but has had a relationship with Keisha Thomas. The duo allegedly started in 2012 and have a child together.
In 2018, Blast.com reported that Josh Norman had a lawsuit with a Melody Woods with whom he allegedly had a casual relationship that resulted in her becoming pregnant and giving birth to a girl named Blake in January 2018. According to Josh, a DNA test confirms that he is the father, and he is seeking custody and visitation rights.
Height And Weight
The star cornerback of the Washington Redskins stands on a height of 1.83 m (6″0 in) and weighs 91 kg (200 lb).