Drafted out of Mississippi State University in the third round of the 2006 NFL Draft, Norwood has quietly entrenched himself as the second back in an explosive Atlanta Falcons offense.
If not for the impressive play of starter Michael Turner (376 carries for 1,699 yds), there could be a case made that Norwood could easily be the starter. Entering his fourth season, Norwood has 1735 career rushing yards and seven touchdowns.
If I were able to sit down with the Jackson, Miss. native, among many questions I’d ask is how he is handling his role and what he thinks of the Falcon’s chances in 2009.
The Falcons have a tough schedule in 2009. Providing the team stays healthy, do you think you guys win the NFC South?
The current coaching staff often speaks highly of your abilities. How would you like to be utilized this year?
How long before you get the urge to become a No. 1 back in the NFL?
After this season, you will be a free agent. Are you willing to sign another long term deal to back up Michael Turner or will you test the market in hopes of being a feature back with another team?
You’ve had a few small injuries to date. How are the ribs this year?
We all know how important it is for key players to survive training camp—how nervous did it make you guys when first-round draft pick Peria Jerry went down with a knee injury?
What does pro bowl tight end Tony Gonzalez bring to the Falcon’s offense?
Are you involved with any community activities or foundations?
You come from a great linage of Mississippi greats that includes Jerry Rice, Walter Payton, Wilbert Montgomery, Archie Manning, Hugh Green, and L.C. Greenwood. Who inspired you as a high schooler?