Washington Redskins cornerback Josh Norman isn’t exactly what you would describe as humble. Yet in a sport as popular as football where trash talking is a big part of its culture, he walks the talk.
Josh Norman was thrust into the spotlight out of nowhere last season when he got advanced to the Super Bowl 50.
He was dropped by the Carolina Panthers, which he likened to a gut punch, after which left him dismayed and disheartened, feeling betrayed by the organization.
In turned out to be a blessing in disguise after the Washington Redskins picked him up for a contract of five-years worth $75 million to $50 million guaranteed. He became the league’s highest-paid athlete at that time.
Now Josh Norman is back out backing up the talk, although the sudden spotlight is something he’s still getting used to.
In an interview with Complex Norman laid his claims crisp and clear, saying, “I’m the best cornerback on Earth.”
It’d probably increase the focus on him being targeted, but he has no qualms dealing with challenges.
He had a mix up with Odell Beckham Jr. after he shut him down last year, and he called him a b*tch afterward. In this recent interview he said:
“Everybody saw what he was. People from around the league were coming up to me afterward and saying, ‘He does that crap all the time.’ He lost so much respect from people for that little tantrum.”
I’ve already got a couple people telling me, ‘OK, I’ve got a hit out on him.’ It’s going to be rough for him this year. And he brought it on himself. He’s skilled and talented. I won’t take that away from him. But he’s never been through any adversity in his life. It’s like, when are you ever going to grow up?”
Not one to shy away from giving his opinion, he even went as far as saying the mob is causing bad officiating in the NFL with refs in cahoots.
But if there’s one thing that makes him lay low, according to a report by TMZ, rapper Jay Z has done it.
“One on one with the corner with no safety help/I perform like Josh Norman, I ain’t normal, nigga,” Jay-Z rapped, dropping his name on DJ Khaled’s no. 1 track “I Got the Keys” in his Major Key album.
For this, Josh Norman lays down his guard one time to say, “He’s humbled” after Jay Z compared his drug-dealing days to Josh Norman’s aggressive and confident playing style.
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