Former Carolina Panthers cornerback Josh Norman watched his career go from 0 to 100 in 2015.
It all started with a viral fight with quarterback Cam Newton and a fight between the two in training camp.
Norman recently joined VladTV for a chat and talked about how the fight even came about. During his sit-down interview, the 34-year-old recounts exactly what went down between himself and quarterback Cam Newton.
“We ended up having that moment where in practice, like, Cam just was like torchin’ us one day,” Norman began. “And it wasn’t really torchin’ us, we just weren’t playing up to what we normally would do. We just basically rolled up out of bed and showed up. We didn’t brush our teeth. We didn’t wash our face. We just went out there early and just showed up.
“And so when that happened, he was yellin’ and all this and like hittin’ us. And like, hold on. Wait a minute. Like, we gotta check ourselves. We are the No. 1 defense in the league, like, let us go back and do this over. Let us brush our teeth and wash our face and get us together, ya know? And so when that happened, like Thomas Davis, Luke Kuechly . . . like, guys looked at each other like, Kurt Coleman looked at each other and Roman Harper—like, ‘Yo, let’s get our stuff together. Let’s get our [expletive] together.”
“So we did, we buckled up. I came in the slot. I ended up going against Philly [Brown] and so he ran a route, I undercutted it,” he continued. “I saw it kinda the whole way. Cam threw it, ’cause he was gettin’ pressured upfront. And so I end up pickin’ it off, got it, ran all the way back. Cam came by, I stiff-armed him in the face and, like, literally went into the end zone and slammed the ball and was like, ‘Aight, now what?’
“So as soon as I turned around, shoot, big 6-5 in my face like, ‘Yo, listen, I see you scored. But don’t put your hand in my face again like that.’ And I’m looking at him like, ‘Bro, who you talkin’ to like . . . ?’
“I had a flashback. So we basically, like, at each other’s face. And so I grabbed his face mask, like, and I pulled him down to my level. And so he grabbed me. And then I end up hip-tossin’ him. That’s probably why you saw his helmet comin’ off. His whole offensive line came in and bum-rushed me. And I’m looking at my guys like, ‘What’s up?”
That season turned out to be the best season year of Norman’s career, the best year of Newton’s career and the best year in the history of the franchise.