It is a rarity for an All-Pro player, like Josh Norman, to be released the following year, but that was reality for the Carolina-born-and-bred product.
Growing up in South Carolina, playing for mid-major Coastal Carolina as a walk-on and then going to a Super Bowl with the Carolina Panthers, Norman was a creature of habit in an environment familiar and comfortable to him.
Then last Wednesday, the defending NFC Champions rescinded Norman's non-exclusive franchise tender in a move that Norman said "came out of nowhere."
Just like when Norman succeeded as a college player after not receiving any scholarship offers from a Power Five conference program, Norman's journey continues by having to prove the doubters wrong.
Norman was asked Monday if he has reflected upon how far he has come, all the way from FCS player to signing a five-year, $75 million deal. He sternly responded, "I’m not done yet. I haven’t really gotten to the point where I feel like I made it."
Last week, Norman hinted on "Redskins Nation" with Larry Michael what exactly it would take for him to feel like he has made it:
"I want to win the granddaddy of them all. I want to win the Super Bowl. And I’m not going to stop until I get back there. Because I know I will one day and then make the wrong a right."
On Monday, Norman said, "I’m just starting, to be honest with you," If that is the case, the Washington Redskins have scored a huge upgrade to their leaky defense from a season ago.
"All my life I’ve been doubted, counted out and cast away," Norman continued. "But now, I have got a chance to make those doubters and anybody who said anything about me reflect back and make that wrong a right, show them something different, man."
The Pro Bowl corner expressed his desire to bring his determined mentality to the rest of the team, saying, "that’s what I’m going to bring here, I’m going to bring to everybody else.
Norman has always competed with a chip on his shoulder, a Scot McCloughan type of football player. That chip might have gotten a bit bigger as Norman can now add the Carolina Panthers to his list of doubters.
"I'm just going to put that extra luggage in my bag," he said. "And when I drop it on the field between them white lines, I'll show you differently."
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