Norman W. Cabot was an All-American football player. A native of New York, New York, Cabot was the son of a prominent Brooklyn family said to be "one of the bluest-blooded, old Puritan families of New York," and a descendent of explorer John Cabot. He played for Harvard University from 1894 to 1897 and was selected as one of the ends on the 1895 College Football All-America Team. He was elected captain of the 1897 Harvard football team. Cabot was also a prominent tennis and squash player.