Josh Norman puts himself on list of all-time Top 5 cornerbacks

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The cornerback position has long been played by men who exude confidence, and Josh Norman fits right in.

Norman, the Panthers cornerback who has been hit with the franchise tag this offseason, appeared on ESPN today and was asked to list the Top 5 cornerbacks of all time. Norman put himself on the list, in a tie for No. 5:

1. Dick “Night Train” Lane
2. Mel Blount
3. Deion Sanders
4. Charles Woodson
5. Josh Norman/Darrelle Revis

“That’s just where I’m at right now and my mindset. I want to be the best. If you’ve got a problem with that, so be it,” Norman said.

The top of the list isn’t bad, and it’s actually rather impressive that the 28-year-old Norman thought to put Lane, who played from 1952 to 1965, at No. 1.

“Most picks in an NFL season,” Norman said, referring to Lane’s record 14 interceptions in 1952.

But while Norman’s confidence and knowledge of NFL history are both impressive, we should pump the brakes on any thought that he’s close to an all-time great. Maybe years from now he’ll be viewed that way, but right now he’s a guy who had one good season.

185 responses to “Josh Norman puts himself on list of all-time Top 5 cornerbacks

  1. what? where was him before last season though??? is he going to show up next season???
    #smh

  2. Negative Josh : add Champ Bailey to the list and you get bumped out. Actually you not even tied with Reevis .

  3. The guy had a great season. After hearing him speak a couple of times it’s also clear he is functionally illiterate. It’s high unlikely he could even spell blont’s name never mind know who he was or what he did. He could have declared he was one of the top 5 brain surgeons ever and that would have had as much value as his opinion here

  4. he put himself ahead of champ bailey and tied with revis which is laughable. he’s not even the best corner in the nfl right now…he had one very good season on a defense that pressures the QB and makes life a lot easier for him

  5. D. Green is top 5… probably top 3.

    Yes, he was a phony company man type of personality, but he had skillz that freakishly lasted for a full 20 years in the league with almost zero drop-off.

  6. “…it’s also clear he is functionally illiterate. It’s high unlikely he could even spell blont’s name”

    Blount and “highly” unlikely. Fixed it for ya!

  7. Darrell Green is another that’s ahead of him. This guy has a way to go before he can even be considered to be on a list of all-time best CBs.

  8. Herb Adderley (CB) 1961-1972
    Lem Barney (CB) 1967-1977
    Mel Blount (CB) 1970-1983
    Willie Brown (CB) 1963-1978
    Jack Butler (CB) 1951-59
    Jack Christiansen (S) 1951-1958
    Darrell Green (CB) 1983-2002
    Mike Haynes (CB) 1976-1989
    Ken Houston (S) 1967-1980
    Jimmy Johnson (CB) 1961-1976
    Paul Krause (S) 1964-1979
    Dick (Night Train) Lane (CB) 1952-1965
    Yale Lary (S) 1952-1953, 1956-1964
    Dick LeBeau (CB) 1959-1972
    Ronnie Lott (CB-S) 1981-1994
    Mel Renfro (S-CB) 1964-1977
    Deion Sanders (CB-KR-PR) 1989-2000, 2004-2005
    Emmitt Thomas (CB) 1966-1978
    Emlen Tunnell (S) 1948-1961
    Roger Wehrli 1969-1982
    Aeneas Williams (CB/S) 1991-2004
    Larry Wilson (S) 1960-1972
    Willie Wood (S) 1960-1971
    Rod Woodson 1987-2003

    —————————–
    Then we start the list of Non HoF…

    I know Hanford Dixon …. And Mr. Norman…. You are no Top Dog

  9. Think about it, who are the 5 greatest rappers of all time…
    Dylan, Dylan, Dylan, Dylan and Dylan.

  10. He is the most overrated corner in the NFL. He had 3 interceptions in 3 years in the league until this year. He had 4 interceptions in the 1st 4 games this year and then ZERO interceptions since then. He should hurry and sign the franchise tag before Carolina comes to their senses.

  11. I am the biggest Carolina Panther shill in existence, and even I know this is nonsense. For one, how do you list the top 5 CBs of all time and not include Lester Hayes? Dude!!!!!!!!!

    Josh needs to just sign his tender and go back to his alma mater and relax on the beach. No, wait, too much sun might make this affliction worse……

  12. Athletes that are considered some of the greatest of all time at their respective positions regardless of the sport they are in perform at a high level for many years. Josh Norman, although supremely talented, is not smart enough to figure that out yet.

  13. This guy needs his head checked. Hasn’t played long enough, at a high enough level, he doesn’t man up on other teams top threats, and he plays too much zone. Fringe top 5 in the league right now at best.

  14. This just in…. Josh Norman suspended by the NFL for the leagues substance abuse program.

  15. Top 5 dirty CBs maybe. He looses that good pass rush and see how good of a player he is.

  16. Ty Law should be on there before Josh Norman.

    And hey Josh, if you have to say so yourself, you’re not what you’re claiming you are.

  17. Darrell Green
    Rod Woodson
    Lester Hayes
    Aenas Williams
    Patrick Peterson

    Josh, You aren’t even top 10. You had ONE good year. Now go turn it in to a career and we will talk.

  18. That’s just stupid. He just better be kidding with this stuff. And I actually like the guy.

  19. Josh was excellent for one year so far. He’s got many more years to go before he can make that claim. BTW, his run stop skills have a ways to go.

  20. “The top of the list isn’t bad, and it’s actually rather impressive that the 28-year-old Norman thought to put Lane, who played from 1952 to 1965, at No. 1.” It’s only impressive if you forget that 28 year olds aren’t 14. They’re adults and can learn history just fine.

  21. The guy’s an overrated punk. Lost in the Odell Beckham fiasco is the fact that Odell burned him early the game (dropped a sure TD), then Beckham toyed with him in the 4th quarter, catching a game tying TD forcing OT. Hey, the guys a good corner, but he’s more a product of his front seven. At 29, I hope the Panthers overpay him and get into a contract they will regret in a few years.

  22. If RGme can consider himself the best QB in the league then it’s not a stretch for Norman to put himself in the top 5 all time. And much like with RGme’s pronouncement I, for one, appreciate the laugh.

  23. LOL Now that is funny!! There are so many just off the top of my head from the Broncos history that are better than he is.

    Ones playing right now:
    Chris Harris
    Aqib Talib

    Past Corners:
    Champ Bailey
    Louis Wright
    Ray Crockett
    Darrien Gordon
    Tyrone Braxton

  24. Rod Woodson, Lester Hayes, Mike Haynes, Champ Bailey, Nnamdi Asmough, Albert Lewis, Eric Allen, Darrell Green and so on all better than you Josh!

  25. With Charles Tillman sitting in the same locker room with him all year….

    Delusional.

  26. Norman is closer to a one year blunder than a top 50 CB. With egos like his and Cam’s, I don’t think Panther fans should get their hopes too high.

  27. If we’re talking all-time Cornerbacks, the first two spots are owned by Darrell Green and Deion Sanders. And do you realize how big the gulf is between them (Green and Sanders) and Josh Norman? I like Josh Norman, but there’s a lot more than two players on the list between him and those two. I mean … for crying out loud!

    – Titans Fan

  28. Josh Norman had a great year in 2015. But, he’s taking too much from the Richard Sherman tactic of Talk-big-to-make-headlines. And then to put himself as tied with Revis is just absurd.

    SportsBreak.com lists their 12 favorites:

    12. Darrell Green (Redskins) 54 int
    11. Lester Hayes (Raiders) 39 int
    10. Mike Haynes (Patriots) 46 int
    9. Champ Bailey (Broncos) 52 int
    8. Willie Brown (Raiders) 54 int
    7. Mel Blount (Steelers) 57 int
    6. Dick Lebeau (Lions) 62 int
    5. Charles Woodson (Raiders, Packers) 65 int
    4. Lem Barney (Lions) 56 int
    3. Deion Sanders (Cowboys) 53 int
    2. Dick Lane (Lions, Cardinals, Rams) 68 int
    1. Rod Woodson (Raiders, Ravens, 49ers, Steelers) 71 int

    It’s impossible to compare today’s NFL with the football played in the days Lem Barney or Dick Lane. Today’s pass happy offenses put the ball in the air more often and that makes it statistically more likely there’ll be more interceptions. Most of the guys on this list played at least a decade, some played almost two decades. You had a good year Josh Norman. Now keep it up for a decade.

  29. I didnt think it was big deal bc I thought it said top 5 now. All time is insane and insulting to a lot of great DBs. He had a great year, but he already thinks he on the level of Darrelle Revis? Revis IMO is top 3 all time because of the era he played in.

  30. Any top 5 list that doesn’t include Darrell Green is meaningless. He hasn’t even achieved what his teammate Tillman has done, and he’s certainly not in Revis’ league.

    So Norman had some good games last season. When he does that over several years, call us.

  31. I love Josh Norman. I do. But no.

    I love the confidence though. You need that at the position he plays. It’s like Boiler Room, Ben Affleck’s character says “Act as if”.

  32. He’s not even the best in the NFC South.

    A healthy Keenan Lewis is better than Norman.

    Desmond Trufant might be just as good.

    That kid should keep quiet cause he only had one good year.

  33. This reminds me of Chad Ochocinco wearing a faux Hall of Fame jacket. Premature adoration.

  34. I my football watching years, there are a few names that are above the rest.
    – Rod Woodson
    -Charles Woodson
    – Shawn Springs
    -Champ Bailey
    – Prime Time
    – Marcus Trufant
    -Ty Law
    – Jason Sehorn

  35. Hey Josh! If that helps you/Cam-rolina get to the Super Bowl again next year — and WIN! — then yeah, man: you’re Top 5, all-time 🙂

  36. Panthers fan since ’95 here, I love Josh Norman, you had a great year, maybe a year and a half if you count the end of last season, but pump the breaks my man, stop listening to Drew Rosenhaus, and play your game.

    Also Chris Gamble is (currently) the best Panther CB in our short history. Not flashy, but constantly solid for the better part of 9 years.

  37. The entire Panthers squad was delusional. Didn’t he and Cam get in a fight in practice? When you put yourself on a pedestal, the greater the fall. Sad. Let others praise you, not yourself idiot.

  38. Better back that up, he’s off to a good start, but he’s not in the top ten yet… This is a thought at the end of the career, not after one good year of one…

  39. One year wonder… Mark my words…. Another chump self promoting himself. Had one above average season and thats all so far. SOmeone needs to drug test this fella

  40. they changed the rules in the nfl because of Blount….no other cb has ever had that impact….a real cb not like today’s grab and clutch artists…..

  41. I suppose it’s good to be confident. Confidence is rarely matched with any sort of historical knowledge. Actually, historical knowledge would probably destroy his confidence and weaken him. Sometimes it’s best to deceive oneself.

  42. The dude needs to rewind the end of the Super Bowl when he was sitting on the bench in tears.
    Reality check just like the QB on your team!

  43. Evidently Josh Norman and the author of this ridiculous article have never heard of Mike Haynes & Lester Hayes. So many fans, players and evidently the dumber sportswriters, nowadays don’t realize they played NFL games before the year 2000.

  44. Deion Sanders in his prime was the best CB I ever saw play and I’m in my 50s. He could shut down his whole half of the field. He would sometimes intercept passes by coming off his receiver and going to where the ball was going.

  45. You can’t compare CB’s from past eras because they could hit the receiver all the way down the field. It’s a lot harder to play cornerback today IF THE REFS ENFORCE THE RULES.

  46. Lots of GREAT corners in the history of the NFL but my Top 5 would be:

    1. Primetime (best cover DB ever)
    2. Mike Haynes (great at covering and hitting)
    3. Darryl Green
    4. Lester Hayes
    5. Mel Blount

  47. Based on the 120+ comments on this post that is barely two hours old, I’d say Josh exactly what he wanted.

  48. Not only is Norman an idiot, with no respect for NFL history, so are many Millennial fans in here.

    Ty Law is on the short list in recent years. No one blended a technician’s style or a physical style better than he did.

    He was Lester Hayes/Mike Haynes hybrid.

    When Deion retired, from 1997/1998 – 2004/2005, no one was a better CB in the NFL.

    3 rings and 4 SB appearances and arguably the best gamer CB in the modern era, certainly in the cap era.

  49. He becomes even more and more unlikable. He and Dick Sherman just don’t know when to shut the heck up.

  50. What about Rod Jones? No love? Oh, right, his nickname was literally “Toast.” Well, Josh, you’re better than he was. That’s a start.

  51. “After hearing him speak a couple of times it’s also clear he is functionally illiterate.”
    It’s clear that posters make things uo as well as I’ve heard him speak in actual interviews and that is nowhere close to the truth.

  52. LMAO! This guy is a joke. Not even in the talk for top 5.

    No Champ Bailey? Bailey was BY FAR better than Norman.

  53. #37 LESTER HAYES !!!!!!! 13 regular ints , and 5 more in the play offs, an 18 int season ! Defensive player of the year ,in 1980 and then he and Mike Haynes completely shut down the great Redskins offense in SB 18 in 83. Lester not being a HOF is a disgrace !

  54. Based on career approximate value based a site that will not be named lest be interned/botted into oblivion-

    The top five corner backs all time, gross:

    1)Rod Woodson-192
    2)Ronnie Lott-161
    3)Charles Woodson-157
    4)Deion Sanders-151
    5)Champ Bailey-151
    .
    .
    .
    488) Michael Mitchell-25
    489) Josh Norman-24
    490) Terry Fair-24

    The top five corner backs all time, value PER GAME:

    1) Bobby Boyd 0.91 (not in HOF)
    2) Richard Sherman 0.90 (still active)
    3) Lem Barney 0.86
    4) Patrick Peterson 0.86 (still active)
    5) Ronnie Lott-0.83
    .
    .
    .
    160) Carl Lee- 0.46
    161) Josh Norman-0.45
    162) Bobby Jackson-0.45

    It’s great to have a GOAL, but you’ve got to pick up the PACE, SON. You’re in the lofty air of Lee and Jackson and Fair and Mitchell right now, not the Woodsons and Lotts and Barneys of the NFL.

  55. as far as young cb’s go, I may list Ronald Darby and Marcus Peters over him. If not better than him ,I certainly wouldn’t rank them behind him really.

    Look at Carolina’s all time best cornerbacks. Sure there is no Charles Woodson or LEster Hayes but he isnt even best among them much less the NFL history

  56. Darrell Green, James Hasty, Aeneas Williams, Shawn Springs, Everson Walls, Emmit Thomas, Cris Dishman, Ronde Barber, Ty Law..

    Should I go on…

  57. So lets see, Cam the Sham is greater than Muhammad Ali and Lebron James, Gosh Norman is top 5 all time CBs, and Kitty Nation is still reeling from their pre SB 50 boasts of dynasty greatness. Carolina, you got a problem. It’s called DELUSION!

  58. kurdishpats1 says:
    Mar 3, 2016 1:34 PM

    Malcolm Butler should be in the Top 3.
    ********
    Uh, no.

  59. Look up farcical in the dictionary and their sits a picture of Josh Norman – right before the synonyms; absurd, ridiculous, ludicrous, silly, nonsensical, preposterous, incompetent, embarrassing, and laughable.

  60. Where is Richard Sherman when we need him? Sounds to me like Sherm needs to take Norman to task like he did Revis. I miss the “good ol’ days” of 2 years ago when we had two of the top corners fueding on Twitter. Come on Sherm, don’t let this bum get away with dissin’ you on his *cough* bs list!

  61. Bobby Boyd Colts 1960-1968, 57 picks , 8 years, 12 game season, 7+ average, 9 in 1 year, and not in HOF? You gotta ways to go Josh

  62. You may want to strive to be the best, Josh Norman, but you haven’t done anything. Let’s see what you do long term. I can name 30 guys that are/were better than you. Take off your Pam Newton dress and play some ball……

  63. Good for you kid. Like the confidence. But without even thinking about it, champ bailey, Darrell green, rod Woodson. That’s off the top of my head. I’m sure I could name many more

  64. Bobby Boyd 60 career games 57 interceptions. Enough said… who else can touch that?. And he is not in the Hall of Fame that is a joke!

  65. I will love to watch this season as he gets burned early & often….you have 1 good season & you anoint yourself top 5 best ever…..you need to grow up little tike….

  66. He may not be a top 5 all time corner, but he has a chance at the top 5 of going from underrated to A-hole in the shortest time. That isn’t easy to achieve in the NFL.

  67. donnymacjack says:Mar 3, 2016 7:54 PM

    Where is Richard Sherman when we need him? Sounds to me like Sherm needs to take Norman to task like he did Revis. I miss the “good ol’ days” of 2 years ago when we had two of the top corners fueding on Twitter. Come on Sherm, don’t let this bum get away with dissin’ you on his *cough* bs list.
    ******
    Two or three years ag

  68. onnymacjack says:Mar 3, 2016 7:54 PM

    Where is Richard Sherman when we need him? Sounds to me like Sherm needs to take Norman to task like he did Revis. I miss the “good ol’ days” of 2 years ago when we had two of the top corners fueding on Twitter. Come on Sherm, don’t let this bum get away with dissin’ you on his *cough* bs list.
    ******
    Two or three years ago many on here were telling Sherman to zip it. Over time Sherman has proven to be a top notch corner like he said he was. Norman needs to do the same. Prove it over time.

     

  69. dansardo says:
    Mar 3, 2016 1:19 PM
    The guy had a great season. After hearing him speak a couple of times it’s also clear he is functionally illiterate. It’s high unlikely he could even spell blont’s name never mind know who he was or what he did. He could have declared he was one of the top 5 brain surgeons ever and that would have had as much value as his opinion here

    Illiterate? So says the grammar king and spelling bee champion…….

  70. Well he’s had one very good season so far. He turns 29 this year, meaning as a CB he has already peaked. So…NO.

    Let him play his age 29 year on the franchise tag and let somebody else overpay a delusional cb in their 30’s after that.

  71. I’m actually disappointed he limited himself to top 5 GOAT.

    Does anybody really want a CB playing for them that doesn’t think he is GOAT? He isn’t about to get a big contract for his analytical skills or football historiography.

    I’m totally ok with this as a Panther fan and impressed at his control in limiting his ranking to only top 5.

  72. For one, how do you list the top 5 CBs of all time and not include Lester Hayes? Dude!!!!!!!!!

    ===

    Hayes wasn’t even the best CB on his own team. Opposing QBs threw his way because there was no point throwing at the guy covered by Mike Haynes.

    Hayes and Haynes together was an absurdly good CB tandem, possibly the best pair ever.

  73. When Deion retired, from 1997/1998 – 2004/2005, no one was a better CB in the NFL.

    3 rings and 4 SB appearances and arguably the best gamer CB in the modern era, certainly in the cap era.

    ===

    Deion was very fast, great at reading QBs, and exceptionally opportunistic. He also developed a reputation for being averse to contact and not being much help in stopping the run. There are other guys I would take ahead of him.

    On the plus side, he as always an incredibly dangerous return guy.

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