CCU’s Norman steps into spotlight of Monday Night

normanIn a year that has been filled with highlights for Coastal Carolina University, a former Chanticleer will take center stage when he takes on his former team on Monday Night Football.

The matchup between Carolina and Washington has playoff implications for both teams, but the hot topic of conversation will be Panther-turned-Redskin cornerback Josh Norman.

Norman had a breakout 2015 season with the Panthers but wasn’t retained after Carolina rescinded the franchise tag from the free agent, allowing him to sign a blockbuster deal with Washington. Now Norman goes against the team that let him go for the first time, and he is the first to admit that the split with the Panthers left a bad taste in his outspoken mouth.

“I gave it my all. I gave everything I could do. And at the end of the day, it seems as if I wasn’t worthy enough to be there,” said Norman, a former FCS All-American at CCU. “I got fired.”

“When that situation came up it was totally like out of left field. I didn’t know what was going on. My agent is a representative of me and that’s kind of how (Panthers GM David Gettleman) took it and looked at it. And I’m like ‘Well dang, I thought you would know me better than that.’ And it just went downhill from there. It almost felt like I was stabbed in the back in a way.”

Norman landed on his feet, signing a five-year, $75 million contract with the Redskins (7-5-1) and has his new team in the playoff hunt after helping Carolina to the Super Bowl last year. Although Norman only has one interception this season, he has been the team’s shut-down corner and has been a vocal – if not a statistical – leader for the defense.

The Panthers (5-8) have distant playoff hopes but need a win  on the road tonight to keep their faint chances alive. To do so, they will have to overcome a fired-up crowd, team and Norman. At least the Panthers don’t expect any surprises from the often-flamboyant and talkative defensive back.

“I think the guys know what to expect from Josh,” Carolina coach Ron Rivera said. “That’s the beauty of it.”

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