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Ken Norton, Jr.
College:
UCLA
Experience:
3

Hired on February 4, 2010, Norton, Jr. enters his third season in the NFL coaching ranks after retiring from the league in 2000, after 13 years as one of the premiere linebackers in the game.

In his first two seasons, Norton, Jr. helped David Hawthorne to his third-consecutive 100- tackle season, becoming the fifth player in Seahawks history to accomplish that feat. He also oversaw the development of 2011 fourthround pick K.J. Wright in a starting role beginning Week 3 of the season with Wright finishing fifth on the team with 61 tackles (46 solo) and 2.0 sacks in only 12 games started.

He spent six seasons coaching linebackers for USC from 2004-09. In 2009, he added the title of assistant head coach of the defense. He spent his first year at USC as a graduate assistant (helping with the linebackers) after joining the Trojans staff in February of 2004.

Hired on February 4, 2010, Norton, Jr. enters his third season in the NFL coaching ranks after retiring from the league in 2000, after 13 years as one of the premiere linebackers in the game.

In his first two seasons, Norton, Jr. helped David Hawthorne to his third-consecutive 100- tackle season, becoming the fifth player in Seahawks history to accomplish that feat. He also oversaw the development of 2011 fourthround pick K.J. Wright in a starting role beginning Week 3 of the season with Wright finishing fifth on the team with 61 tackles (46 solo) and 2.0 sacks in only 12 games started.

He spent six seasons coaching linebackers for USC from 2004-09. In 2009, he added the title of assistant head coach of the defense. He spent his first year at USC as a graduate assistant (helping with the linebackers) after joining the Trojans staff in February of 2004.

In 2008, linebacker Rey Maualuga was named an All-American first teamer and the Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Year, made his third consecutive All-Pac-10 first team and was USC’s first-ever winner of the Bednarik Award. He also was a finalist for the Lombardi, Butkus and Nagurski Awards. Fellow linebacker Brian Cushing was also a Butkus Award finalist and won All-Pac-10 first-team honors. Following the season, Cushing was an NFL first-round pick, as was Super Bowl XLV winner Clay Matthews. Maualuga was a second rounder and Kaluka Maiava was a fourth rounder.

In 2007, linebacker Keith Rivers was an All- American first teamer and was a first-round NFL draft pick following the season, while linebacker Thomas Williams was a fifth-round NFL selection. In 2006 and 2007, Rivers and linebacker Rey Maualuga made the All-Pac-10 first team. Linebackers Dallas Sartz (fifth round) and Oscar Lua (seventh round) were selected in the 2007 NFL Draft.

In 2004, linebackers Matt Grootegoed and Lofa Tatupu were named All-American first teamers (Grootegoed also was a Butkus Award finalist and Tatupu was Seattle’s second-round pick).

 Norton, Jr. spent 13 years playing in the NFL, first with the Dallas Cowboys for six seasons (1988-93) and then seven years with the San Francisco 49ers (1994-2000). The All-Pro and Pro Bowl selection is the only player in history to play on three consecutive Super Bowlwinning teams (the Cowboys in 1992 and 1993 and the 49ers in 1994).

After retiring from the NFL, he was a radio and television commentator and analyst, including appearances on the NFL Network. He also served as the defensive coordinator at Hamilton High in Los Angeles in 2003.

He was the Cowboys second-round NFL draft pick in 1988 after earning All-American honors at UCLA in 1987. He lettered four seasons (1984-87) with the Bruins and was a finalist for the 1987 Butkus Award. He earned his bachelor’s degree in sociology from UCLA in 1998.

Born on September 29, 1966, he and his wife, Angela, have three children, daughters Brittney and Sabrina, and son Ken III. His father is the former world heavyweight boxing champion and played football and basketball at Northeast Missouri State. He also has three brothers, Keith, Kenejon and Brandon, and one sister, Kenisha.

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  • ESPN: Ken Norton Jr.

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    ESPN's Darren Woodson describes his history with former teammate and current Seahawks linebackers coach Ken Norton Jr.

  • From Renton to Canton

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    As the Seahawks continued their work in training camp players, coaches and fans paused briefly to turn their attention to one of the great Seahawks of all time as they watched Cortez Kennedy become a part of the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

  • Seahawks Insider: Ken Norton Jr.

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    Seahawks linebacker coach Ken Norton Jr. talks about his transition from player to coach as well as what it was like to be the son of a professional boxer.

  • Norton's Visit to a Boxing Club

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    Ken Norton Jr. visited the Whitecenter PAL Boxing Club over the bye week and brought three of his linebackers with.