Redskins' Norman compares season to 'being on Noah's Ark'
Washington Redskins star cornerback Josh Norman has an unusual analogy for his rollercoaster 2016 season.
"It's the wildest thing," Norman told NFL Network's Mike Garafolo, according to Conor Orr of NFL.com. "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."
While Norman's line of thinking isn't clear, he's right he's endured a drama-filled campaign. His offseason was dominated by contract talk with the Carolina Panthers, who ultimately rescinded their franchise tag and allowed him to hit the open market.
The Redskins quickly signed him to a five-year, $75-million contract, and with it has come extra scrutiny and attention, highlighted by a high-profile battle with Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant.
"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."
Even though it appears Norman enjoys the spotlight, he said he'll "really fall off the face of the Earth. You have no idea. For a month," after the season's over.