Sport Josh Norman fires back at critics: 'I’m a target'

16:30  11 october  2018
16:30  11 october  2018 Source:   sportingnews.com

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Josh Norman has a message for the haters.

The Redskins cornerback fired back at his critics Wednesday, saying he won't apologize for having non-football interests off the field.

"I'm a target, man. I am. I'm a hot button. You press it, you're going to get a ring," Norman said, via ESPN. "It comes with the territory."

Norman has been criticized for going "Hollywood" after appearing on "Dancing With the Stars" in the spring and speaking on Fox's pregame show at various times since arriving in Washington from Carolina. Former teammate DeAngelo Hall even went so far as to say Norman "is in love with being a celebrity right now and not necessarily being a football player."

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Joshua Ricardo Norman (born December 15, 1987) is an American football cornerback for the Washington Redskins of the National Football League (NFL).

Josh Norman 's competitiveness and swagger have been contagious throughout the Redskins' locker room, according to his new teammates. That connection to family became critical as Norman moved deeper into his football career. Either way, I ' m not going back to where I once was.

But Norman sees nothing wrong with looking out for his best interests and preparing for life after he decides to hang his helmet.

"I have went Hollywood," Norman said. "I've been Hollywood. Ever since I came out my mama's womb, I've been Hollywood. If they went right, I went left. That's just how we did. When the lights came on, that's just who we are.

"When it's football time, I'm going to do football. I'm going to be indulged in that. That is what we do. That's who we are. We work at that. We didn't get here by mistake. But outside of football? You're going to tell me I'm just supposed to do football outside of football? Or can I do something else? I don't know. I mean, I don't know if I'm supposed to live my life with a football helmet on when I retire from football."

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Norman sometimes can be brash and outspoken. He also has backed up his words with performance. He was named the NFC Defensive Player of the He said the Broncos haven't gotten under his skin enough to push his buttons, yet. "It's way too early,'' Norman said. " I ' m not going back and forth, but

Josh Norman (24) may have won the battle with Demaryius Thomas (88) during the Super Bowl, but the latter’s Broncos won the war. Somewhat buried in a lengthy ESPN profile published earlier in the day — the headline of which read, “ Josh Norman : ‘ I ’ m the best cornerback on Earth’ ” — was a quote

It could be argued Norman's performance has been lackluster this season. He was benched in the second half of Washington's loss to New Orleans on Monday for giving up big plays, including a 62-yard touchdown to Tre'Quan Smith that gave Drew Brees the all-time passing yards record, and Saints receiver Michael Thomas didn't let him forget it as he mercilessly trolled him on Twitter.

Expect things to only get more interesting as Norman prepares to face his former team when the Redskins host the Panthers at 1 p.m. ET Sunday.

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