2018 September Player of the Week Dinner

Our Guest Speaker for the evening is Former Atlanta Falcon

Jerious Norwood

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Jerious attended Brandon High School in Brandon, Mississippi, where he was a high school All-American. He was also Mississippi’s “Mr. Football”, an honor given to the state’s most outstanding high school football player. While at Brandon High he recorded 92 career touchdowns to rank fourth all-time on the state career-scoring list and accounted for more than 8,000 all-purpose yards. He totaled 3,229 all-purpose yards and 38 touchdowns during a junior season. Norwood was also named Mississippi’s Gatorade Player of the Year as a senior as he rushed for 2,878 yards and scored 32 touchdowns. He also recorded nine receptions for 165 yards and three touchdowns, while averaging 46.9 yards on six kick returns with one touchdown. He also rushed for a school record 367 yards during a playoff game. In track & field, he competed as a sprinter and high hurdler. He got a PR of 14.5 seconds in the 110m hurdles, and 42.18 seconds as a member of the 4 × 100 m relay squad.

Jerious attended Mississippi State, where he was a three year starter. He rushed for over 100 yards on 13 occasions, surpassing the previous school record of 12. He also started 29 of 46 games, setting a school record with 3,222 career rushing yards on 573 carries (5.6 avg.) with 15 touchdowns.

Norwood was drafted by the Falcons in the third round (79th overall) of the 2006 NFL Draft. He played in 14 games his rookie year, and ranked third on the team with 633 rushing yards on 99 carries (6.4 avg.) with two touchdowns to go along with 12 receptions for 102 yards. He also returned 13 kickoffs for 320 yards and tallied three special teams tackles. Norwood was the first player in NFL history to have his first two career touchdown runs each go 70+ yards. His 78-yard touchdown run against Arizona in Week 4 marked the second longest in Falcons history behind running back Warrick Dunn’s 90-yard touchdown run

Jerious finish his career with 399 Rushing attempts, 2,056 Rushing yards, and 7 Rushing touchdowns. He also had 69 Receptions 912 Receiving yards and 3 Receiving touchdowns.

 Jerious and his wife and kids still reside in the Atlanta area.  Join us as we welcome Jerious to share his story with us.