|Date of birth:||January 4, 1939|
|Place of birth:||Lincolnton, Georgia|
|College:||Johnson C. Smith|
|AFL Draft:||1962 / Round: 16 / Pick: 123|
(By the Dallas Texans)
San Diego Chargers
|Playing stats at|
Pettis Burch Norman (born January 4, 1939 in Lincolnton, Georgia) is a former professional American football tight end in the National Football League from 1962-1973 for the Dallas Cowboys and the San Diego Chargers.
Through hard work and discipline he became an all-conference tight end.
In 1977, he was inducted into the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) Hall of Fame.
Norman became a fulltime in 1963, and manned the Cowboys tight end position for nearly a decade, helping start the franchise's legacy of great tight ends that includes: Mike Ditka, Billy Joe Dupree, Jackie Smith, Doug Cosbie, Jay Novacek and Jason Witten.
During his career, he was known for his toughness and his blocking.
When Mike Ditka joined the Cowboys in 1969 after having been a 4 time All-Pro tight end with the Chicago Bears, he remained the starter, but split time with Ditka to provide great blocking along the offensive line.
The sports announcer Jack Buck during his two-year stint covering the Cowboys, famously referred to him on the air as Norman Pettis. Prompting Blackie Sherrod a sportswriter in Dallas, to write: "Dallas fans are tired of Pettis Norman constantly being referred to as Norman Pettis by broadcaster Buck Jack".
San Diego ChargersEdit
His first season with the San Diego Chargers, he had a career high 27 catches and 358 yards.