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Original Oiler Norton dead at 68

Postby mrblitz » Mon Jun 18, 2007 7:25 pm

Original Oiler Norton dead at 68


NFL.com wire reports



HOUSTON (June 18, 2007) -- Jim Norton, a four-time AFL All-Star safety and an original member of the Houston Oilers, has died. He was 68.

Norton died June 12 in Garland, a Dallas suburb, according to an obituary released by the Gonzalez Funeral Home. A cause of death was not given.

Born in Los Angeles, Norton was a three-sport athlete at Fullerton Union High School. He played football for four seasons at Idaho before he was drafted by the Detroit Lions in 1960. He never played for the Lions, instead joining the Houston Oilers that same year, when they won the first AFL championship.

Norton retired in 1969 after playing nine seasons with the Oilers, and he remains the franchise leader with 45 interceptions. He also punted for the Oilers, and his 519 career punts were a franchise record until Craig Hentrich passed it in 2004.

Norton's No. 43 is one of six jersey numbers retired by the franchise, a group that includes Elvin Bethea, Earl Campbell, Mike Munchak, Bruce Matthews and Warren Moon.

Norton is survived by his wife, Ginny; a brother, John Norton; a sister, Janet Cooke; three sons and two daughters.

A memorial service was scheduled for June 29 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Richardson, Texas.


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