R.I.P. Norman Hand

Former Chargers defensive tackle Norman Hand was found dead today. I remember Big Norm.  He came to the Bolts a big, out-of-shape underachiever with a questionable work ethic.  He left for the New Orleans Saints in 2000 as one of the more prominent free agents that year and a BIG contract in tow, one that he most certainly earned.

Norm managed to turn his career around here in San Diego.  With the help of then defensive line coach Wayne Nunnely he worked his way into the starting lineup and into the hearts of his teammates and the staff, and in 2000 with the New Orleans Saints, he was named to the 2nd team All Pro team.  He was a really good guy who was always quick to express his appreciation to those who had helped him along the way, crediting Nunnely with making him a player worthy of the acclaim he had attained.  He was one of my all time favorite people during my time with the team.

My condolences to his friends and family.  He will be missed.

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