Riddle me this. Riddle me that. Josh Norman’s wit is as quick as a cat.
Speaking of cats, he’s seen a few this year, among other animals of all shapes and sizes.
If you’re confused by all that, just wait until you read what Norman told NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo about his 2016 season.
“It’s the wildest thing,” Norman told Garafolo, per Connor Orr of Around the NFL. “It’s like being on Noah’s Ark. Every animal there is on Earth, and two by two they come. Either they like me or they don’t. And I’ve encountered them all.”
A fiery competitor on the field, Norman is just as boisterous off it. He made some noise earlier this year when he announced he’d be doing some side work for a major media network, like what Brandon Marshall of the New York Jets has done in the past. He’s also made plenty of noise with comments about Dez Bryant and Odell Beckham Jr.
Before the season ever began, Norman was at the center of some upheaval when he and Carolina Panthers general manager Dave Gettleman didn’t see eye to eye about his worth. This led to the Panthers shockingly releasing the cornerback from his franchise tender, making him an unrestricted free agent.
Washington was happy to pay Norman a pretty penny for his services. The five-year, $75 million contract hasn’t come without a cost, but Norman says the criticism that he’s faced has been “white noise” and doesn’t have any regrets.
“I have hope, desire, I have the fire that ignites inside of me that nobody can shut off,” he said. “My fire inside burns wilder than the one you see outside and you better believe that. That’s the thing that’s kept me going. Just God, family and football. That’s what it always has been. Anything else outside of that is white noise. (Shoot), if I would’ve thought $75 million would have that many problems with it … I would’ve thought about it but I still would’ve taken it. Somebody has to take the challenge.”
Carolina has taken a nose dive, partly because the defense hasn’t been nearly as dominant without Norman. Meanwhile, Norman’s current team is fighting for an NFC Wild Card spot, a half game outside of the No. 6 seed.