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269. Jerry Norton

Jerry Norton began his professional football career in 1954 with the Philadelphia Eagles, where he started as a Safety, then performed as a Half Back, then back to Safety again.  Norton was also an excellent Punter, and in 1957 he would lead the league in Punts and Punting Yards.  He would be traded to the Chicago Cardinals (which would become the St. Louis Cardinals) before 1959 and was affixed at Safety and Punter, and he would continue on a five-year streak of Pro Bowls that he began in Philadelphia.  Norton would again lead the NFL in Punts and Punting Yards in 1960, which was the same season he led the league in Interceptions (10).  He would accumulate 35 picks in total.

Late in his career as a Green Bay Packer, he would act solely as a Punter.

The Bullet Points

  • Country of Origin: Gilmer, Texas, U.S.A.
  • Eligible Since: Thursday, 01 January 1970
  • Position: Half Back, Punter, Safety
  • Played For: Dallas Cowboys, Green Bay Packers , Philadelphia Eagles, St. Louis Cardinals
  • College: Arkansas Tech
  • Drafted: 7th Round, 81st Overall in 1954
  • Major Accolades and Awards:

    First Team All-Pro (1) (1960)
    Pro Bowl (5) (1957, 1958, 1959, 1960 & 1961)
    Highest Approximate Value (1) (1960)
    Most Punts (2) (1957 & 1961)
    Most Punting Yards (2) (1957 & 1961)
    Most Yards per Punt (1) (1960)
    Most Interceptions (1) (1960)

  • Other Points of Note:

    Top Ten Finishes: Approximate Value (2) (1960 & 1961)
    Top Ten Finishes: Punt Returns (2) (1954 & 1955)
    Top Ten Finishes: Punt Return Yards (1) (1954)
    Top Ten Finishes: Yards per Punt Return (1) (1954)
    Top Ten Finishes: Returns (1) (1955)
    Top Ten Finishes: Punts (4) (1957, 1959, 1961 & 1964)
    Top Ten Finishes: Punting Yards (5) (1957, 1959, 1961, 1963 & 1964)
    Top Ten Finishes: Yards per Punt (5) (1957, 1959, 1960, 1961 & 1963)
    Top Ten Finishes: Fumble Recoveries (3) (1954, 1957 & 1962)
    Top Ten Finishes: Interceptions (2) (1960 & 1961)
    Top Ten Finishes: Interception Return Yards (4) (1954, 1957, 1960 & 1961)

  • Notable All Time Rankings: 40. Yards per Punt: 43.8
    98. Interceptions Return Yards: 587

Should Jerry Norton be in the Hall of Fame?

Definitely put him in! - 50%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 50%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 0%
No opinion. - 0%
No way! - 0%
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#1 Daniel Norton 2021-08-16 16:02
He is the only player in nfl history to tie the record of 4 interception s caught in a game by an individual twice.
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