James Charles Norton (October 20, 1938 – June 12, 2007) was a professional American football player. He was an original member of the Houston Oilers of the American Football League. He played at strong safety and punter for their first nine seasons, 1960 to 1968. Norton was an AFL All-Star for three seasons and holds the league's record for career interceptions. His jersey No. 43 was the first of six retired by the Oilers / Titans franchise.
|Born:||October 20, 1938|
|Died:||June 12, 2007 (aged 68)|
|Height:||6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)|
|Weight:||190 lb (86 kg)|
|High school:||Fullerton Union|
|NFL Draft:||1960 / Round: 7 / Pick: 75|
|AFL draft:||1960 / Round: 2|
Pick: First Selections
(by the Dallas Texans)
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|Player stats at PFR|
Born and raised in Southern California, Norton graduated from Fullerton Union High School in 1956 and played college football for head coach Skip Stahley at Idaho, alongside future pros Jerry Kramer, Wayne Walker, and Jim Prestel in the Pacific Coast Conference. Nicknamed "Flamingo," Norton played defensive back and tight end, and also punted and returned kicks for the Vandals. Selected in the seventh round of in the 1960 NFL Draft (75th overall) by the Detroit Lions and the Dallas Texans in the AFL's inaugural draft in 1960, he signed as an original Houston Oiler.
Although Norton intercepted only one pass in his rookie season in 1960, he went on to become the AFL's all-time interception leader. In 1961, his first starting season, he snared nine passes and punted with a 40.7-yard average. In a tight defensive duel in the AFL Championship Game, his four booming punts helped Houston defeat the San Diego Chargers, 10-3, claiming their second AFL championship in as many seasons.
While nursing a slim half-game lead in the Eastern Division in Week 12 of the 1962 AFL season, Norton personally tormented Denver Broncos quarterback Frank Tripucka. He stopped three Bronco drives with interceptions as the Oilers stole a 34-17 victory and a berth in their third straight AFL Championship Game. That thriller for the 1962 AFL crown was the league's longest game, a double-overtime contest won by the Dallas Texans, 20-17.
As a defensive back, Norton was a steady tackler with a nose for the football. His play earned him All-AFL honors for 1961, '62, '63, and '67, when he scored the only touchdown of his career, returning an interception 56 yards. His number 43 was the first retired by the Oilers, acknowledging his club-record 45 career interceptions, which he returned for 592 yards and a touchdown, and 519 punts. The Oilers later retired the numbers of Elvin Bethea, Earl Campbell, Mike Munchak, Bruce Matthews, and Warren Moon.
The 1961 American Football League All-League Team was selected after the 1961 American Football League (AFL) season by five separate entities: current AFL players, the Associated Press (AP), United Press International (UPI), New York Daily News (NY), and The Sporting News (SN), and was published by The Sporting News. Each selector chose a first team at each position and second team at select positions.Idaho Vandals football
The Idaho Vandals are the college football team that represents the University of Idaho and plays its home games at the Kibbie Dome, an indoor facility on campus in Moscow, Idaho. Idaho is a member of the Big Sky Conference in the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS). The current head coach is Paul Petrino, who began his tenure in 2013.
The Idaho football program began 126 years ago in 1893, and through the 2017 season, the Vandals have an all-time record of 463–611–27 (.433). They have played in three bowl games in their history, all victories in the Humanitarian/Famous Idaho Potato Bowl in Boise in 1998, 2009, and 2016. As a Division I-AA (FCS) program for 18 seasons (1978–1995), Idaho made the playoffs eleven times and advanced to the national semifinals twice (1988, 1993).
On April 28, 2016, university president Chuck Staben announced the football program would return to the Big Sky and FCS in 2018. This followed the Sun Belt Conference's announcement on March 1 that the associate membership of Idaho and New Mexico State for football would end after the 2017 season. Idaho is the first FBS program to voluntarily drop to FCS.Jim Norton
Jim, Jimmy, or James Norton may refer to:
James Norton (solicitor) (1795–1862), solicitor, company director, farmer, pamphleteer and protectionist politician in colonial New South Wales
James Norton, Jr. (1824–1906), his son, politician in colonial New South Wales
James A. Norton (1843–1912), U.S. Representative from Ohio
James Norton (South Carolina politician) (1843–1920), U.S. Representative from South Carolina
James Lansdowne Norton (1869–1925), motorcycle designer, inventor and manufacturer of the Norton motorcycles
James Norton (actor) (born 1985), English actor
Jim Norton (Irish actor) (born 1938), Irish actor
Jim Norton (safety) (1938–2007), American football player for the Houston Oilers
Jim Norton (defensive lineman) (born 1942), American football player for the San Francisco 49ers and Atlanta Falcons
Jim Norton (comedian) (born 1968), American comedian and actor
Jim Norton (rugby league), Australian rugby league player of the 1930s
|Division championships (9)|
|Conference championships (1)|
|League championships (2)|
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Championship seasons in bold