Norton played 13 years as a player, winning three consecutive Super Bowls with San Francisco and Dallas, so he commands respect from his players.
And he also commands respect with his baritone voice and the in-your-face way he coaches during practice, which linebacker Lofa Tatupu can attest to.
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Tatupu confirmed the notion that Norton is vigilant in his reminders of the value of toughness in a physical game.
“His meetings, whew,” Tatupu said. “What we say and what we do … we’ll go to the grave with that, but it’s just amazing; he gets on us. You better hope you didn’t have a bad practice because you’ll hear about it until he sees a good one.”
Norton has the credentials to make sure he doesn’t get tuned out. His résumé from a 13-year NFL career features three Pro Bowls and three consecutive Super Bowl titles with Dallas and San Francisco.
“You take everything he says to heart because the guy has been where you want to be, not just in the NFL, but three years running, back-to-back-to-back Super Bowls,” Tatupu said.
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