Considered as one of the best cornerbacks in the history of NFL, Josh Norman has proven his worth with the Washington Redskins. He was one of the players who won the South Carolina State Championship for his high school team – Greenwood High. Josh was named as Pro Bowl in 2015 recording 312 tackles, 65 pass deflections, 10 interceptions in addition to 8 fumbles.
The footballer has had a lot of controversies but in all, he has had his head up high, walked past all struggles and has made a name for himself. Here is all you should know about Josh Norman.
Who is Josh Norman?
The cornerback was born as Joshua Ricardo Norman in the month of Christmas precisely on the 15th in the year 1987. He is one of five children born to Roy and Sandra Norman. The family has four other beautiful sons apart from Josh namely Mario, Orlando, Phillip, and Renaldo.
For his educational pursuit, he attended Greenwood High School, started as an active football player and played with Armanti Edwards and D. J. Swearinger in the school team.
During his days at school, he was active in the game of basketball, baseball, football, and tracks but decided to take up football as a career. He excelled as a footballer and earned the All-State football player and North-South All-Star Game mentions.
However, despite his brilliance in high school, he never got any scholarship offers from any Division I schools. Nevertheless, his brother, Mario Norman who played football as well was granted scholarship at Coastal Carolina. Hence, Josh moved in with him and started classes at Horry Georgetown Tech. Not long after, he got an offer from Coastal Carolina Chanticleers to play football with the team.
Having laid a good foundation in high school and college, he was picked by the Carolina Panthers in the 2012 NFL Draft. He sealed a four-year contract with the Panthers worth $2.3 million with a signing bonus of $199,000. The cornerback played in 12 games in his rookie season and ended that season with 73 tackles in addition to one interception. He kept at a good pace and by 2015, he recorded 56 tackles, 4 interceptions in addition to 2 touchdowns. That year, he was named the First All-Pro.
The following year was an outstanding one for the cornerback as he added a Pro Bowl to his list of accolades. He later inked a 7-year deal with the Redskins and played 14 games in 2017.
Apart from being active on the field, Josh Norman also works as a sports analyst for Fox Kickoff. He is a regular in Sports Illustrated and ESPN. Josh handles a series of television programs including Conan, The Jump, Pro Football Talk Live and TruTV”S Full Court Prank. He has also played as an actor, he played a role in the 2006 short film Shift.
Josh Norman competed in the 2018 contest of the Dancing With the Stars competition, his partner was professional dancer Sharna Burgess and the two made it to the finals but finished as runners-up.
Salary and Net Worth
Josh Norman’s 7-year deal with the Washington Redskins in 2016 is worth $75 million with a guarantee of $50 million and $15 million signing bonus. Currently, he is the second highest-paid Redskins player in NFL after Alex Smith and ranks 1st overall for 2018 cap hit. On an annual base, he earns $16.74 million. Josh is estimated to worth $20 million.
The footballer was one of the donors who helped the affected during the Puerto Rico hurricane relief and donated $100,000 and currently runs a foundation named StarZ24 Foundation.
Is He in any Relationship?
Josh Norman has had a rough ride when it comes to relationships. He is yet to walk down the aisle with anyone just yet but he has been linked with a few ladies.
Josh started a relationship with Keisha Thomas in 2012 but their relationship stayed only for a year, it ended in 2013. They broke up after Keisha lost her three months pregnancy in an accident with Josh. Records have it that the two were arguing while Josh was on the wheels and he collided with another oncoming vehicle. As a result, Josh was later charged for reckless driving and also lost his relationship with Keisha. Also, the two shared a four-year-old daughter together named Imala.
The following year, Josh found love with Corissa Alston. Corissa was a student at Saint Augustine’s University. She also worked as the campus director of Admissions for the American Intercontinental University. Their relationship was heavily publicized as they uploaded PDAs on their social media platforms. Unfortunately, their relationship never lasted for so long.
Early 2018, Josh Norman was involved in a controversy where he was linked to a lady named Melody Woods. According to Blast.com, the duo were involved romantically, and the relationship resulted in the birth of a child, they named Blake. From the story, Josh wasn’t aware of the child but along the line suspected the baby was his and further demanded a DNA test. He took the case legally seeking for custody and visitation rights.
As expected, every athlete tends to focus on their body build because it contributes a lot on the field, especially for a cornerback.
On Josh Norman’s part, he is not as tall as a regular athlete but we could give kudos to his height. He stands at 6 feet and has a balanced weight of 86 kg.