Football career over, Kendrick Norton’s family seeks financial support via GoFundMe page

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Most football fans assume that all professional football players are multi-millionaires. Plenty are, but more than plenty aren’t. Dolphins defensive tackle Kendrick Norton most definitely isn’t.

“Kendrick’s football career has come to an end and his family is asking for any donation as soon as possible to help with medical bills moving forward,” Norton’s agents wrote at a GoFundMe page, via Safid Deen of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.

They also explained that Norton has undergone three surgeries since the accident, and that he needs at least two more surgeries “before he can proceed towards having a prosthetic.”

They hope to raise $350,000 for Norton. As of this posting, the account has raised $2,680.

Meanwhile, Norton posted his own message on Instagram: “I’m good thank you to everyone that checked on me!!! I’m good thanks for the prayers to God be the glory.”

The good news for Norton is that, per a league source, his medical bills will be fully covered by the team’s and/or the NFL’s insurance programs. That said, Norton and his family may have other financial needs arising from the tragic accident and catastrophic injury, especially since he won’t be playing football again.

A seventh-round pick in 2018, Norton received a signing bonus of less than $75,000, but the Panthers cut him before the regular-season started, avoiding what would have been a $480,000 salary. He spent most of the year on the Carolina practice squad (making far less than the $28,235 in weekly game checks he would have gotten), before joining Miami’s active roster in late December.

Norton has a base salary of $495,000 for 2019, and he technically continues to be a member of the Dolphins’ roster. Unless he is released, he will at some point be placed on the non-football injury list. By rule, the Dolphins can choose to pay, or not pay, his 2019 salary.

28 responses to “Football career over, Kendrick Norton’s family seeks financial support via GoFundMe page

  1. Did the full story ever come out? Initially the word was he was completely innocent and just driving when someone cut him off the road, causing him to wreck. I’d imagine that if that’s the case, the Dolphins would pay him. If he was drunk/doing something stupid, probably not.

  2. Great news that his medical bills are covered. I wonder where he would have been headed after pro football but for the injury? Degree? Goals? Prayers for this young man.

  3. I’d wait to find out the full circumstances of his accident before deciding to pay his full salary…..if it was due to alcohol or some other drug as opposed to just being a truly unfortunate happenstance that resulted in the tragedy, I’d ponder the idea of rewarding him for such poor judgement as he could have hurt or killed someone else besides himself…… then again we’ve all done stupid things or made bad decisions & I’m sure he won’t be the last to do so…. his life has changed forever, & no matter what I wish him the best in his recovery efforts….

  4. Where ” where is the pius and revered NFLPA who allegedly “loves the players” SOOOOOOOOO much?
    Crickets….THAT’S what you hear from the NFLPA unless it’s CBA time or a player commits a crime.
    I ask again…WHAT is the NFLPA doing to help its client?
    It’s not the employers job to assist the employee in this situation.
    The NFLPA allegedly represents the players in these situations.
    So until Norton misses a dues/fees payment to the NFLPA, his family won’t even know that the NFLPA exists.

  5. I think he should be OK but americans, citizens of the richest and most powerfull country in history, resorting to GoFundMe to cover healthcare is just SICK.

  6. The Dolphins should step up and pay his
    Salary for one year. The Steelers were the first to
    Step up and pay Ryan Shazeer his salary after he was hurt. Also how about the League step up and
    Help this young man out!

  7. I guess my question is does the NFL or NFLPA offer any sort of disability insurance to players. I have a regular ordinary job and I am covered should I suffer an injury that prevents me from working again. I’m not talking about injuries happening on the field… I’m referring to all kinds of injuries

    If Tom Brady suffers some kind of crazy off-the-field injury and can longer play, he’ll be ok financially. But despite what we want to believe, not all players “make millions” and even if a 5th round pick made a million over 3 years, what he actually pocketed is quite paltry after taxes, union dues, agents, and things like that.

  8. Can people not read? All of his medical bills are covered. The GoFundMe is not for healthcare. The GoFundMe is set up because the family’s cash cow lost his arm and now they don’t have that source of income.

  9. styx630 says:
    July 9, 2019 at 9:06 am

    It’s almost as if this country needs a better healthcare system or something.
    ________

    All of his surgeries are fully covered by his NFL health insurance. A lot of people have insurance that will cover these things but for some reason the Democrats can only think of one solution for people who aren’t covered: Blow up the whole thing and make everyone have terrible insurance. That’s what you get with socialized health care. How about taking care of the people who really need it and leaving the rest of us alone?

  10. Ah yes, socialized healthcare, complete with Socialized wages. I suppose it’s OK since now we want “the rich” (anyone with more than me) to pay for ,
    College,
    healthcare
    maternity leave
    paternity leave
    childcare- without regard to how many children you have
    parent care – paid TO to drive the old folks (like me) to the doctor.
    Coming soon – mortgage forgiveness, free rent, free food, clothes etc. etc. etc.

    Yes, I understand that my taxes pay for roads and streets that I use, water & sewer systems that I pay for with my taxes and use fees, property tax to pay for schools. Problem is, the folks that don’t contribute and also use these services also get freebies that I don’t qualify for. So If I’m a little tired of having my pocket picked by those who would buy votes with my money well EXCUUUUSE MEEEEEEEEE! I’m sure doctors and nurses won’t mind having their wages reduced.

  11. Tragic accident no doubt, however before any salary is paid out in would have to see what actually caused this accident at 130 in the morning.
    If by chance it was due to alcohol, drugs, racing or something like that then I would have to say sorry, you endangered the lives of many others while making poor decisions.
    If by chance it was a freak accident there is ZERO chance that Ross does not pay this man his 2019 salary. Ross may not be too football smart, but one thing for sure he is very rich and is not afraid to spend money.

  12. montrealraider says:
    July 9, 2019 at 10:00 am
    I think he should be OK but americans, citizens of the richest and most powerfull country in history, resorting to GoFundMe to cover healthcare is just SICK.
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    Where was it said that he didn’t have adequate health insurance or paid substantially out of pocket. A lot of these medical GoFundMe really only generate cash for the patient because the bulk of the cost was already handled. I’ve rarely seen any that say the total medical bill was $500,000 but $475,000 was covered.

  13. “…asking for any donation as soon as possible to help with medical bills moving forward,” Norton’s agents wrote…”

    “… his medical bills will be fully covered by the team’s and/or the NFL’s insurance programs.”
    —————————————–

    Do I see a disconnect between the truth and the agents statement here?

  14. If Miami chose to pay his salary, would it count against the salary cap? I think Miami has plenty of salary cap space so it probably an issue in this case. It could be in another situation where a team is tight on cap space.

  15. mcane88888 says:
    The Steelers were the first to
    Step up and pay Ryan Shazeer his salary after he was hurt.
    ————————————————–
    This is a completely different scenario.

    Shazier was a veteran who got injured on the field while playing for the Steelers. The Steelers “stepped up” and paid him the guaranteed portion of money they were legally obligated to pay under his contract. What they did do was mutually beneficial by paying him the balance of guaranteed money early so they could move the cap hit from multiple years to one year where they could afford to take it… it was cap/PR management 101 for a player that got partially paralyzed on national TV.

    Unfortunately, Norton isn’t guaranteed a single game check and the Dolphins would be hurting their 2019 salary cap to pay a player that got injured off the field before the season even started. Unfortunately due to the business nature of the NFL and greed of rich men… I doubt he says any game checks from the Dolphins.

  16. Hilarious how Americans somehow think that literally every other first-world country in the world has terrible healthcare because they have universal healthcare. I’m American myself, but get out of your bubble and realize how far behind we are. It’s literally not even close.

  17. Why is he special.. .what about the other people that these things happen to that don’t play a sport or something to get your name on tv or radio…nobody but family and friends know about it…his bills will be paid….just wants to take advantage of people’s good nature…its no more tragic than anyone else that it happens to….he just gets to use the media for more sympathy and money….do what anyone else has to do…get a job doing whatever you can still do….like for instance our military personnel that have the same injury…go fund me my ass….

  18. First off, gotta say its good to hear from Norton.
    Sad to know his football career is over, but at least thru the quotes given so far,
    he seems more grateful to be alive rather than mad at a situation.

    With that said, GoFundMe’s can be helpful yet also a bad look.

    The NFL has stepped up and stated they with cover surgeries etc.
    Stephen Ross is a compassionate man and usually does right by his players, sometimes to a fault.
    If all is as reported Ross will help Norton either thru salary of otherwise.

    Also, not mentioned yet is the possibility of a lawsuit against the driver who allegedly cut Norton off.
    The vehicle they drove was a high end sports car, so financial compensation can also be garnered thru the other driver’s personal assets or insurance.

  19. Sorry I’ve had 5 back surgeries. No Go Fund Me page I have insurance and a loving family that helps out. You lost an arm. There are plenty of productive people in this country who have lost more than that and still make ends meet.

  20. This is truly unfortunate i feel for the young man that probably worked his butt to get to the NFL a place that many(including me)can only dream about being. I read somewhere it was his fault that he cut in front of a Maserati. If it was his fault i still feel bad for him for not only losing his NFL dream but losing an arm that he will never get back. This is a mistake he will suffer for the rest of his life. I read some of the comments on here and people can be so hatefilled and heartless.

  21. Rob Brzezinski is a Magician says:
    July 9, 2019 at 10:45 am
    Blow up the whole thing and make everyone have terrible insurance. That’s what you get with socialized health care. How about taking care of the people who really need it and leaving the rest of us alone?
    ———————
    So many inaccuracies in so few words. Terrible? I guess none is a better alternative? The rest of you? You mean the 30% that still haven’t figured out that a public health care system like every other civilized country in the world has, except here in fat cat profit land is needed asap? Someday you’ll actually need it and then you’ll change your tune when it ruins your credit or bankrupts you. Give us the same healthcare that congress has.

  22. PhD says:
    July 13, 2019 at 8:30 pm
    Rob Brzezinski is a Magician says:
    July 9, 2019 at 10:45 am
    Blow up the whole thing and make everyone have terrible insurance. That’s what you get with socialized health care. How about taking care of the people who really need it and leaving the rest of us alone?
    ———————
    So many inaccuracies in so few words. Terrible? I guess none is a better alternative? The rest of you? You mean the 30% that still haven’t figured out that a public health care system like every other civilized country in the world has, except here in fat cat profit land is needed asap? Someday you’ll actually need it and then you’ll change your tune when it ruins your credit or bankrupts you. Give us the same healthcare that congress has.
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    You are confusing health insurance with health care. Those other countries have rationed care and absurd waits for basic issues. You can have the greatest health plan where everything is paid for but unless it is accepted by the doctors and there is actual access it is totally useless.

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