Norm Thompson (American football)

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Norm Thompson
Born: (1945-03-05) March 5, 1945 (age 74)
San Francisco, California
Career information
Position(s) Cornerback
College Utah
NFL draft 1971 / Round: 1/ Pick 17
Career history
As player
1971–1976 St. Louis Cardinals
1977–1979 Baltimore Colts
HonorsAll Century, Hall of Fame, All American
RecordsTwo N.C.A.A.259 yards on interceptions-1969,51.8 avg.-1969,& 3 Return for T.D.s(tied)

Norman Jack Thompson (born March 5, 1945) is a National Football League cornerback who played with the St. Louis Cardinals and the Baltimore Colts. He became in 1977 the first free agent in NFL history to sign with another team, when he went to the Colts from the Cardinals.

National Football League Professional American football league

The National Football League (NFL) is a professional American football league consisting of 32 teams, divided equally between the National Football Conference (NFC) and the American Football Conference (AFC). The NFL is one of the four major professional sports leagues in North America and the highest professional level of American football in the world. The NFL's 17-week regular season runs from early September to late December, with each team playing 16 games and having one bye week. Following the conclusion of the regular season, six teams from each conference advance to the playoffs, a single-elimination tournament culminating in the Super Bowl, which is usually held on the first Sunday in February and is played between the champions of the NFC and AFC.

Cornerback defensive position in American and Canadian football, covering receivers, to defend against pass offenses and make tackles

A cornerback (CB), also referred to as a corner or defensive halfback in older parlance, is a member of the defensive backfield or secondary in American and Canadian football. Cornerbacks cover receivers most of the time, to defend against offensive plays, i.e. create turnovers in best case or deflect a forward pass or rather make a tackle. Other members of the defensive backfield include the safeties and occasionally linebackers. The cornerback position requires speed, agility, and strength. A cornerback's skillset typically requires proficiency in anticipating the quarterback, backpedaling, executing single and zone coverage, disrupting pass routes, block shedding, and tackling. Cornerbacks are among the fastest players on the field.

History of the Indianapolis Colts aspect of history

The Indianapolis Colts are a professional American football team based in Indianapolis, Indiana. They play in the South Division of the American Football Conference (AFC) in the National Football League (NFL). The organization began play in 1953 as the Baltimore Colts with the team located in Baltimore, Maryland; it relocated to Indianapolis following the 1983 season.


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