Former Alabama Wide Receiver Kevin Norwood is Prepared for Super Bowl 50 if Called Upon by Carolina Panthers

Kevin Norwood is anxiously anticipating Super Bowl 50 for a different reason than his Carolina Panther teammates. He is ready and prepared to contribute if called upon but unless activated on game day, the twenty-six year old wide receiver will be watching professional football’s biggest game in street clothes for the second time in his career.

Acquired in an August 2015 trade in exchange with Seattle for an undisclosed conditional 2017 draft choice, the 6-2, 200 pound former University of Alabama wide receiver has been inactive for all but one game this season.  He recorded two receptions through three pre-season games.   His only chance for a reception during the regular season was a fluttering pass on September 20th inside the five-yard line against the Houston Texans after quarterback Cam Newton’s arm was hit by a defender.  Norwood touched the pass with two hands but the ball bounced to a defender for an interception.

A 2014 fourth round (123rd overall) choice by the Seattle Seahawks, he played in nine games with two starts catching nine passes for 102 yards as a rookie for the NFC West team.  Although he played for Seattle in the NFC Championship Game against the Green Bay Packers last year, he was not activated for Super Bowl XLIX.  Twice, cruel irony has intervened in his professional path.    

If placed on the current roster, Kevin Norwood becomes only the third Alabama wide receiver to be part of a Super Bowl team joining Dennis Homan (Dallas Cowboys) and Ray Perkins (Baltimore Colts).

Watch and listen to the second-year wide receiver during Media Day at Super Bowl 50.  Also check out Alabama native and Panthers teammate, Jerricho Cotchery and wide receivers assistant coach Ricky Proehl.


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