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

SANTA CLARA, CA - FEBRUARY 07:  Josh Norman #24 of the Carolina Panthers looks on during Super Bowl 50 against the Denver Broncos at Levi's Stadium on February 7, 2016 in Santa Clara, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images) Getty Images

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.

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185 Responses to “Josh Norman puts himself on list of all-time Top 5 cornerbacks”
  1. autoriot says: Mar 3, 2016 1:10 PM

    After one season? Da fuq???

  2. scoops1 says: Mar 3, 2016 1:11 PM

    some good names right there but….

    Ronnie Lott is the greatest Defensive Back of all Time

  3. tindeaux says: Mar 3, 2016 1:14 PM

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

  4. rangersco says: Mar 3, 2016 1:15 PM

    how do you comment on that?

  5. sloiggles says: Mar 3, 2016 1:17 PM

    Josh Norman isn’t even in the top 20 all time.

  6. brandonj21 says: Mar 3, 2016 1:18 PM

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

  7. welcomehomelosangelesrams says: Mar 3, 2016 1:18 PM

    Rod Woodson, Lem Barney, etc…….Norman’s not there yet.

  8. corvettehigh says: Mar 3, 2016 1:19 PM

    Champ Bailey

  9. 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

  10. gotitan says: Mar 3, 2016 1:20 PM

    Not even close.

  11. tommykramer9 says: Mar 3, 2016 1:21 PM

    Looks like somebody’s been shooting up their ego with HGH

  12. Frazier28/7 says: Mar 3, 2016 1:21 PM

    smoke a lot of Dabs this morning mr Norman?

  13. hakunamangata says: Mar 3, 2016 1:22 PM

    And I thought Cam had the biggest ego on the team.

  14. n0hopeleft says: Mar 3, 2016 1:22 PM

    Then he passed themail dutchie to the left hand side. FOH!

  15. gmfw7 says: Mar 3, 2016 1:23 PM

    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

  16. jonathankrobinson424 says: Mar 3, 2016 1:24 PM

    ……..another BIG Ego…..lets see you do it for 6 or 7 seasons BEFORE you appoint yourself to that list……….

  17. garrisjs says: Mar 3, 2016 1:24 PM

    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.

  18. daysend564 says: Mar 3, 2016 1:25 PM

    Test that man for drugs

  19. tcostant says: Mar 3, 2016 1:25 PM

    Josh Norman is not even the best corner in the NFC.

  20. roddoliver says: Mar 3, 2016 1:26 PM

    I’ll put him in the top 5 all time girly cries after he lost the Super Bowl.

  21. metalup666 says: Mar 3, 2016 1:26 PM

    “…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!

  22. collectordude says: Mar 3, 2016 1:27 PM

    What an idiot.
    He’s not anywhere close to top 5.

  23. jhmiller23 says: Mar 3, 2016 1:27 PM

    Talib, Butler, Sherman, Peterson all better

  24. jppsblownofffingers says: Mar 3, 2016 1:27 PM

    Lol OBJ toasted you Norman. Deal with it.

  25. whenwilliteverend says: Mar 3, 2016 1:28 PM

    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.

  26. RegisHawk says: Mar 3, 2016 1:29 PM

    LOL…has to justify that tag and the next contract.

  27. gmenfan65 says: Mar 3, 2016 1:29 PM

    Top 5 mouth of all-time

  28. nflcommissioner says: Mar 3, 2016 1:29 PM

    Panther fan and Norman fan here but please……

  29. PFT-made-me-change-my-handle says: Mar 3, 2016 1:30 PM

    Even Carolina fans are laughing at this dude! Fits right in with ego-central, though.

  30. milehihoss says: Mar 3, 2016 1:30 PM

    Hilarious
    He’s a great, great player but this attitude is indicative of why we are the World Champion Denver Broncos.

  31. kwjsb says: Mar 3, 2016 1:31 PM

    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

  32. batman617 says: Mar 3, 2016 1:31 PM

    Ty law!!

  33. ebrownwareagle says: Mar 3, 2016 1:31 PM

    Due on Is The Greatest DB of all time! Ask Dal and SF how he delivered both teams a Championship! And to have D Revis over Champ Bailey is laughable..

  34. paul82461 says: Mar 3, 2016 1:32 PM

    LOL,LOL,LOL,LOL,LOL etc.

  35. kenmasters34 says: Mar 3, 2016 1:33 PM

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

  36. blackula72 says: Mar 3, 2016 1:33 PM

    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.

  37. jgedgar70 says: Mar 3, 2016 1:33 PM

    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……

  38. sdchicken says: Mar 3, 2016 1:34 PM

    In my lifetime:

    1. Deion
    2. Woodson
    3. Darrel Green
    4. Pre-knee surgery Revis
    5. Ty Law
    6. Champ

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

    Malcolm Butler should be in the Top 3.

  40. schmitty2 says: Mar 3, 2016 1:34 PM

    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.

  41. joetoronto says: Mar 3, 2016 1:35 PM

    This just proves what a lot of us already knew, dude is a head case.

  42. tjacks7 says: Mar 3, 2016 1:37 PM

    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.

  43. beachsidejames says: Mar 3, 2016 1:37 PM

    Ronnie Lott….case closed

  44. 6ball says: Mar 3, 2016 1:37 PM

    .
    Former Patriot and Raider Mike Haynes.
    .

  45. jlstaud says: Mar 3, 2016 1:38 PM

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

  46. zzzzzzzzzzz11 says: Mar 3, 2016 1:38 PM

    ever hear of justin gilbert ???? smh

  47. themage78 says: Mar 3, 2016 1:38 PM

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

  48. woodbridgekid73 says: Mar 3, 2016 1:39 PM

    I don’t usually LOL, but damn. LOL

  49. boobsmcgoo says: Mar 3, 2016 1:40 PM

    Lester Hayes

  50. mrbiggstuff says: Mar 3, 2016 1:41 PM

    Looks like somebody’s getting drug tested tomorrow!

  51. robadat says: Mar 3, 2016 1:41 PM

    That was some shot to the coconut OBJ gave him…he’s still delusional

  52. harrisonhits2 says: Mar 3, 2016 1:41 PM

    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.

  53. beachsidejames says: Mar 3, 2016 1:42 PM

    Still feeling the effects of that head shot from Beckham.

  54. eazeback says: Mar 3, 2016 1:42 PM

    no Jason sehorn on this list? a true travesty!!!

  55. mongo3401 says: Mar 3, 2016 1:42 PM

    BWAhbabahbabahahah!!!!! What a toolbag

  56. myhawks1976 says: Mar 3, 2016 1:44 PM

    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.

  57. joker65 says: Mar 3, 2016 1:44 PM

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

  58. i thumbs down your comment says: Mar 3, 2016 1:45 PM

    Richard Sherman???

  59. ironyisadeadscene says: Mar 3, 2016 1:46 PM

    Hell, Ty Law, Rhonde Barber, Darryl Green are better than Norman

  60. dreadnok89 says: Mar 3, 2016 1:46 PM

    He got torched by some big names

  61. bigfan62 says: Mar 3, 2016 1:49 PM

    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.

  62. Chad Tyson says: Mar 3, 2016 1:49 PM

    “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.

  63. radrntn says: Mar 3, 2016 1:49 PM

    hahahahahahahahahahhahaahahahaha

  64. albanyjints says: Mar 3, 2016 1:49 PM

    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.

  65. jag1959 says: Mar 3, 2016 1:51 PM

    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.

  66. milkcan44 says: Mar 3, 2016 1:52 PM

    Very good player, but still makes the Top 5 only on the DB LoudMouth list.

  67. dal1as says: Mar 3, 2016 1:54 PM

    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

  68. gregbeau says: Mar 3, 2016 1:55 PM

    Where’s Willie Brown on this list? Darrell Green? Mike Haynes?

  69. Seprix says: Mar 3, 2016 1:55 PM

    The complete ARROGANCE! Wow! Norman, get your head checked! Let’s see your entire career and then we’ll talk.

  70. MostlyRight says: Mar 3, 2016 1:55 PM

    Well then I declare myself one of the top 5 all time best commenters.

  71. raiderrob21 says: Mar 3, 2016 1:56 PM

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

  72. oreo51 says: Mar 3, 2016 1:57 PM

    He isn’t even the top CB in his division.

  73. lastnameiswilson says: Mar 3, 2016 1:57 PM

    And you thought Richard Sherman was full of himself.

  74. broncofanssuck says: Mar 3, 2016 1:58 PM

    No Mike Haynes invalidates any list someone makes.

  75. dexterismyhero says: Mar 3, 2016 1:58 PM

    I’d put Rod Woodson in front of Deion.

    Norman isn’t even top 15.

  76. philtration says: Mar 3, 2016 2:01 PM

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

    Delusional.

  77. kd75 says: Mar 3, 2016 2:01 PM

    After just one good year…I’ll put him tied with Jason Sehorn.

  78. thejuddstir says: Mar 3, 2016 2:02 PM

    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.

  79. seatownballers says: Mar 3, 2016 2:02 PM

    After one year?
    I think Sherman is better, and I’m not implying he is a top 5

  80. realdealsteel says: Mar 3, 2016 2:03 PM

    Any list that doesn’t have Ronnie Lott or Rod Woodson in it, isn’t a good list.

  81. thereisfootballwestofjersey says: Mar 3, 2016 2:04 PM

    Lester the Molester! Stickum!

  82. tennesseeoilers says: Mar 3, 2016 2:08 PM

    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

  83. babygaga19 says: Mar 3, 2016 2:09 PM

    Just another big mouth showboat from Carolina. If you are that good, you don’t have have to advertise. What a loser!

  84. hahalolrofl says: Mar 3, 2016 2:10 PM

    Cam rubbing off on the rest of the crew? I knew Norman had a big ego but this is junk.

  85. Emmanuel Goldstein says: Mar 3, 2016 2:11 PM

    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.

  86. redsea1111 says: Mar 3, 2016 2:18 PM

    Aeneas Williams was otherworldly. So good.

  87. nhpats says: Mar 3, 2016 2:21 PM

    Diva

  88. steeltroll says: Mar 3, 2016 2:22 PM

    Football players are not drafted for their amazing powers of inference or modesty.

  89. edelmanfanclub says: Mar 3, 2016 2:25 PM

    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.

  90. trubroncfan07 says: Mar 3, 2016 2:25 PM

    Top 5 one year wonder!

  91. Frum Slum says: Mar 3, 2016 2:29 PM

    Decent list there. I especially like Night Train at #1.

    I don’t think Norman belongs on there tho.

  92. anpsteel says: Mar 3, 2016 2:30 PM

    If he stops playing today, he’s not even top 100

  93. tylawspick6 says: Mar 3, 2016 2:31 PM

    I would try to trade this guy right now.

    My goodness.

    MAJOR RED FLAG

  94. greenmtnboy31 says: Mar 3, 2016 2:31 PM

    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.

  95. kuechlyisabeast says: Mar 3, 2016 2:33 PM

    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”.

  96. isphet71 says: Mar 3, 2016 2:38 PM

    He was borderline top 5 in 2016. All time?

    Delusions of Grandeur.

  97. saints12013 says: Mar 3, 2016 2:41 PM

    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.

  98. myeaglescantwin says: Mar 3, 2016 2:46 PM

    how bout you do something before you start boasting

  99. mvp43 says: Mar 3, 2016 2:46 PM

    I’m checking Richard Sherman’s Twitter feed right now………..

  100. admissionhacker says: Mar 3, 2016 2:47 PM

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

  101. squackduckhawk says: Mar 3, 2016 2:48 PM

    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

  102. wallabear says: Mar 3, 2016 2:57 PM

    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:-)

  103. zoneread510 says: Mar 3, 2016 3:03 PM

    Josh Norman knows what he knows…

  104. biggs13 says: Mar 3, 2016 3:04 PM

    Josh Norman’s new nickname. Kajagoogoo the one hit wonder.

  105. captainwhodat says: Mar 3, 2016 3:07 PM

    delusional…one very good season…’nuff said

  106. bullcharger says: Mar 3, 2016 3:13 PM

    1. Deion Sanders
    2. Mel Blount
    3. Dick “Night Train” Lane
    4. Champ Baily
    5. Rod Woodson
    125+. Josh Norman

  107. whiteybulgersson says: Mar 3, 2016 3:14 PM

    No Ty Law?

  108. joshartrip says: Mar 3, 2016 3:18 PM

    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.

  109. skinsdiehard says: Mar 3, 2016 3:21 PM

    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.

  110. revren10 says: Mar 3, 2016 3:23 PM

    what about Jason Sehorn before knee injury he was awesome and the only white starting cb in nfl at the time

  111. bert1913 says: Mar 3, 2016 3:25 PM

    what size helmet does cam and him wear?

  112. darealsmiley4284 says: Mar 3, 2016 3:26 PM

    Yeah, about that Darrell Green fella…..

  113. donatocha33 says: Mar 3, 2016 3:27 PM

    Must be rooming with Cam Newton…

  114. kcflake says: Mar 3, 2016 3:31 PM

    Norman is not a top 5 all time corner. The fact that he thinks he is, is laughable.

  115. ninjapleazee says: Mar 3, 2016 3:33 PM

    Brian Dawkins disagrees

  116. salutethis says: Mar 3, 2016 3:33 PM

    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…

  117. rhob1960 says: Mar 3, 2016 3:34 PM

    He’s got some ego.

  118. finzfan49 says: Mar 3, 2016 3:36 PM

    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

  119. PegulaBucks says: Mar 3, 2016 3:42 PM

    Barely top 5 in the league currently….

  120. ftomasic1961 says: Mar 3, 2016 3:44 PM

    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…..

  121. inbillwetrust says: Mar 3, 2016 3:48 PM

    LOL i would take otis smith over this clown

  122. billmiller1991 says: Mar 3, 2016 3:51 PM

    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.

  123. bullogne says: Mar 3, 2016 3:53 PM

    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!

  124. johnnybuc says: Mar 3, 2016 3:55 PM

    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.

  125. lingsun54 says: Mar 3, 2016 3:56 PM

    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.

  126. lingsun54 says: Mar 3, 2016 3:57 PM

    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.

  127. whodat5150 says: Mar 3, 2016 3:57 PM

    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

  128. goodguyattorney says: Mar 3, 2016 4:01 PM

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

  129. vikesfan says: Mar 3, 2016 4:02 PM

    It will be nice to recall this story every time he gets burned next year.

  130. tylawspick6 says: Mar 3, 2016 4:06 PM

    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.

  131. campcouch says: Mar 3, 2016 4:08 PM

    So he Wiki’d Night Train’s INT numbers. Impressive.

  132. granadafan says: Mar 3, 2016 4:20 PM

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

  133. bhindenemylines says: Mar 3, 2016 4:24 PM

    When did Kanye become a CB???

  134. trollaikman8 says: Mar 3, 2016 4:26 PM

    Norman was top-5 last season. On the all time list, he’s somewhere 50-100. He needs 8 more good seasons.

  135. dalvar1001 says: Mar 3, 2016 4:41 PM

    Team sport did not get you a ring did it sparky

  136. donatocha33 says: Mar 3, 2016 4:42 PM

    Child, Please..

  137. aquineas1 says: Mar 3, 2016 4:46 PM

    I would put him somewhere around Frank Minniefield so far.

  138. sam887 says: Mar 3, 2016 4:47 PM

    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.

  139. aquineas1 says: Mar 3, 2016 4:52 PM

    Lester Hayes?
    Willie Brown?
    Mike Haynes?

    I’m not even a Raiders fan and I’m surprised he didn’t know about these guys.

  140. orivar says: Mar 3, 2016 4:59 PM

    “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.

  141. guitarfreak21 says: Mar 3, 2016 5:03 PM

    D’okay😛

  142. johnniemayes says: Mar 3, 2016 5:20 PM

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

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

  143. danm1978 says: Mar 3, 2016 5:27 PM

    No Chris Harris Jr or Champ Bailey above him? Maybe he didn’t wanted to be reminded of the World Champion Denver Broncos:)

  144. jacktatum32 says: Mar 3, 2016 5:29 PM

    I don’t even know if he is top 5 playing today

  145. loumann says: Mar 3, 2016 5:44 PM

    Self praise is no recommendation!!!!

  146. crawfish2011 says: Mar 3, 2016 5:59 PM

    This dude needs to be drug tested and tested for mental illness.

  147. rexryansboobs says: Mar 3, 2016 6:16 PM

    At least he had the humility to wait until after the season to make his claim.

  148. tooz56 says: Mar 3, 2016 6:16 PM

    #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 !

  149. toolkien says: Mar 3, 2016 6:17 PM

    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.

  150. mongo3401 says: Mar 3, 2016 6:22 PM

    Prior to his first decent season Josh Normans nickname was
    TOAST receivers made him look like toast all of the time.

  151. dolfan8385 says: Mar 3, 2016 6:30 PM

    Lester Hayes

  152. wjmoffatt says: Mar 3, 2016 6:47 PM

    Top 5 CBS all time don’t drop ints in super bowls

  153. dlux36 says: Mar 3, 2016 6:49 PM

    He’s not even Eric Allen territory…and where’s he, 100?

  154. billsfan1 says: Mar 3, 2016 6:53 PM

    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

  155. channer81 says: Mar 3, 2016 7:10 PM

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

    Should I go on…

  156. xxbarklikeadogxx says: Mar 3, 2016 7:12 PM

    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!

  157. hottakesmagoo says: Mar 3, 2016 7:17 PM

    If you think Deione was better than Rod Woodson you need a history lesson.

  158. ratsfoiledagain says: Mar 3, 2016 7:21 PM

    kurdishpats1 says:
    Mar 3, 2016 1:34 PM

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

  159. jolly1234 says: Mar 3, 2016 7:48 PM

    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.

  160. 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!

  161. ikeclanton says: Mar 3, 2016 8:04 PM

    Raymond Clayborn was better

  162. chriskap11 says: Mar 3, 2016 8:08 PM

    Not even close

  163. oepys says: Mar 3, 2016 8:35 PM

    Bobby Boyd was better than all other than Night Train

  164. oepys says: Mar 3, 2016 8:48 PM

    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

  165. keifer1751 says: Mar 3, 2016 8:49 PM

    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……

  166. rjm0824 says: Mar 3, 2016 9:22 PM

    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

  167. hrmlss says: Mar 3, 2016 9:35 PM

    lol, omg lol

  168. breesynbigeasy says: Mar 3, 2016 9:53 PM

    Revis
    Sherman
    Peterson
    Both Denver corners

    I could keep going. Norman isn’t a top 5 CB in the league today.

  169. oepys says: Mar 3, 2016 9:58 PM

    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!

  170. themboys5150 says: Mar 3, 2016 10:21 PM

    Thanks for letting Us know You burned a fatty on the way to the interview..

  171. curmudgeon13 says: Mar 3, 2016 10:39 PM

    Just say no to dabbing……

  172. TomsulasMustache says: Mar 3, 2016 11:28 PM

    Lester Hayes

  173. jhtobias says: Mar 3, 2016 11:37 PM

    Terrell “toast” Buckley

  174. dr45acp says: Mar 3, 2016 11:47 PM

    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….

  175. artworkworld says: Mar 4, 2016 1:24 AM

    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.

  176. ratsfoiledagain says: Mar 4, 2016 1:42 AM

    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

  177. ratsfoiledagain says: Mar 4, 2016 1:52 AM

    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.

     

  178. cheddarisbeddar says: Mar 4, 2016 2:22 AM

    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…….

  179. Brandon in Northwest Suburbia says: Mar 4, 2016 3:33 AM

    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.

  180. renocarolina says: Mar 4, 2016 9:46 AM

    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.

  181. godfatherd says: Mar 4, 2016 10:39 AM

    I could probably think of 5 guys currently playing that I would rather have than Norman.

  182. whispersd says: Mar 4, 2016 12:30 PM

    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.

  183. whispersd says: Mar 4, 2016 12:37 PM

    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.

  184. bigblue431 says: Mar 4, 2016 5:01 PM

    Man, that hit by Beckham must have rocked something loose because this man’s DELUSIONAL. He’s good, but he ain’t no Reevis.

  185. chrisdmv says: Apr 21, 2016 12:00 PM

    Mr Norman, Roger Goodell and he need your urine sample for drug testing.

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