Josh Norman and Odell Beckham Jr. almost killed each other in Week 14 last season that was as entertaining as it was dangerous. Norman shut down Odell in the first half, causing Beckham to manifest his frustration into a physical vendetta against Norman in the second half, earning him three (3) flags for unnecessary roughness–none more egregious than this head-to-head cheap shot that nearly decapitated Norman, resulting in a one game suspension for Beckham.
The Panthers squeaked by with the 38-35 win, but Beckham got the best of Norman in the closing minutes of the 4th quarter with a touchdown to even the score.
Well, Josh Norman was traded to the Redskins for a hefty 5-year/$75 million contract this offseason, which means that he will play his nemesis at least two times this season, the first of which will be in week 3 (Sept 25).
Norman sat down for an ESPN interview, and among deeming himself ‘the best cornerback on Earth’ and calling Roger Goodell ‘straight horrible,’ he revealed that he’s still a little butt hurt about Beckham’s actions from nearly a year ago.
“Everybody saw what he was,” Norman said, referring (once again) to the Dec. 20 game in which Beckham was charged with three personal fouls involving Norman. “People from around the league were coming up to me afterward and saying, ‘He does that crap all the time.’ He lost so much respect from people for that little tantrum.
“I’ve already got a couple people telling me, ‘OK, I’ve got a hit out on him.’ It’s going to be rough for him this year. And he brought it on himself.”
You are all invited over my place to watch sparks fly on September 25th. I’ll provide the buffalo chicken dip and skunked beer.