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Houston Oilers Jim Norton

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#52 – Jim Norton

Jim Norton came late to the 1960 Houston Oilers, having first endured training camp with the NFL’s Detroit Lions.  The Lions released him with the second-to-last cut, but he was able to catch the attention of the Oilers who invited him to camp.  Described by his college coach as, “skinny as a rail, but a real football player,” Norton quickly earned himself a spot in the Oilers defensive backfield, and remained there through the 1968 season.  He doubled as the Oilers punter. read more