Norwood in June 2009.
|Running back / Kick returner|
|Date of birth:July 29, 1983|
|Place of birth: Jackson, Mississippi|
|College: Mississippi State|
|NFL Draft: 2006 / Round: 3 / Pick: 79|
|Debuted in 2006 for the Atlanta Falcons|
|Roster status: Active|
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 17, 2011
Jerious Montreal Norwood (born July 29, 1983 in Jackson, Mississippi) is an American football running back who is currently a free agent of the National Football League. He was drafted by the Atlanta Falcons in the third round of the 2006 NFL Draft. He played college football at Mississippi State.
He played football at Brandon High School in Brandon, Mississippi where he was a high school All-American. He was also Mississippi's "Mr. Football", an honor given to the state's most outstanding high school football player. While at Brandon High he recorded 92 career touchdowns to rank fourth all-time on the state career-scoring list and accounted for more than 8,000 all-purpose yards. He totaled 3,229 all-purpose yards and 38 touchdowns during a junior season. Norwood was also named Mississippi's Gatorade Player of the Year as a senior as he rushed for 2,878 yards and scored 32 touchdowns. He also recorded nine receptions for 165 yards and three touchdowns, while averaging 46.9 yards on six kick returns with one touchdown. He also rushed for a school record 367 yards during a playoff game.
As a three-year starter, at Mississippi State, he rushed for over 100 yards on 13 occasions, surpassing the previous school record of 12 set by Walter Packer and James Johnson. He also started 29 of 46 games, setting a school record with 3,222 career rushing yards on 573 carries (5.6 avg.) with 15 touchdowns.
In 2002, Norwood was named to the Knoxville News Sentinel Southeastern Conference All-Freshman team as a kick returner. He finished second on the team with 66 rushes for 394 yards (6.0 avg.). He also caught five passes for 47 yards and returned 14 kicks for 292 yards.
In 2003, Norwood appeared in every game with eight starts. He finished the season with 121 carries for 642 yards and two touchdowns.
In 2004, Norwood started every game as he became the sixth player in school history to rush for over 1,000 yards in a season, rushing for 1,050 yards on 195 carries with seven touchdowns. He recorded five games of 100-plus rushing yards, including one 200-yard performance.
As a senior, Norwood won the Conerly Award, which is given to the top college player in the state of Mississippi, after leading the team rushing with 191 carries for 1,136 yards (5.9 avg.) with six touchdowns and no fumbles. He ranked second on the team with 19 receptions for 96 yards and two touchdowns. Norwood also registered four punt returns for 43 yards. His 1,275 all-purpose yards on 214 plays rank eighth in school history.
2006 NFL Draft
|Ht||Wt||40-yd dash||10-yd split||20-yd split||20-ss||3-cone||Vert||Broad||BP|
|5 ft 11½ in||210 lb||4.32 s||1.55 s||2.62 s||4.26 s||6.81 s||36½ in||10 ft 02 in||15 reps|
|All values from NFL Combine|
In 2006, Norwood played in 14 games and ranked third on the team with 633 rushing yards on 99 carries (6.4 avg.) with two touchdowns to go along with 12 receptions for 102 yards. He also returned 13 kickoffs for 320 yards and tallied three special teams tackles.
Norwood was the first player in NFL history to have his first two career touchdown runs each go 70+ yards. His 78-yard touchdown run against Arizona in Week 4 marked the second longest in Falcons history behind running back Warrick Dunn's 90-yard touchdown carry the following week against the New York Giants.
He rushed 10 times for 66 yards in his NFL debut at the Carolina Panthers. He recorded his first career reception, for 12 yards, against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers along with nine carries for 45 yards with a long of 23 yards. In week 4 against the Arizona Cardinals, Norwood ran for 106 rushing yards on six carries (17.7 avg.), including a career-long and, a then team record long 78-yard touchdown run. That game, he and QB Mike Vick both ran for over 100 yards, which made the Falcons the only NFL team to ever record two games in a franchise's history where both the quarterback and a running back on the same team surpassed the 100-yard mark in the same game. (Vick and Warrick Dunn both eclipsed 100 yards in Week 2).
Later on in the season, Norwood recorded 64 rushing yards on eight carries against the Pittsburgh Steelers in along with one reception for five yards. He also recorded one kickoff return for 27 yards. Norwood recorded a career-high 107 yards on nine carries with one touchdown at the Washington Redskins. He ran the ball seven times for 32 yards and recorded one reception for four yards before leaving in the third quarter with an injury (knee) in Tampa Bay. Norwood recorded 63 rushing yards on 10 carries at the Philadelphia Eagles, along with three catches for 28 yards (9.3 avg.).
He finished sixth among all rookie running backs with 633 rushing yards on 99 carries and his 6.4 average yards per carry ranked second highest in the NFL, topped only by teammate QB Michael Vick (8.4 avg.).
In 15 regular season games, Norwood gained 633 yards on 99 carries, with an NFL-best 6.3 yards per carry for running backs, overall was surpassed in yards per carry only by quarterback Michael Vick, who had over an eight-yard average.
In 2007, Norwood started the season off by rushing five times for 33 yards, with two receptions for 24 yards at the Minnesota Vikings. During week two at the Jaguars, he ran the ball nine times for 30 yards, along with one reception for 13 yards. In the Falcons home opener, Norwood carried the ball six times for 32 yards, adding on three receptions for 34 yards. The next week against the Houston Texans. he rushed the ball nine times for 29 yards, along with two receptions for 16 yards. In the a game at the Tennessee Titans, Norwood carried the ball six times for 23 yards, while recording two receptions for four yards. In the next loss to, to the New York Giants, Norwood recorded his first offensive touchdown of the season, along with recording six rushes for 87 yards, one touchdown, while recording four receptions for 51 yards. During the Falcons week seven loss to the New Orleans Saints, he carried the ball six times for 38 yards, while adding three receptions for one yard. In a week nine win over the San Francisco 49ers, Norwood ran the ball six times for 39 yards. Norwood missed the Falcons week 10 rematch against the Panthers. In his return in week 11, he carried the ball twice for four yards, and recording two receptions for 10 yards against the Buccaneers. During a week 12 loss to the Indianapolis Colts, Norwood rushed the ball six times for 33 yards and recorded one reception for nine yards. In week 13 against the St. Louis Rams, he carried the ball eight times for 94 yards, while recording three receptions for 21 yards. During a week 14 rematch with the Saints, Norwood carried the ball six times for 21 yards, along with recording two receptions for 57 yards. In the week 15 rematch with Tampa Bay he carried the ball nine times for 73 yards. In a week 16 match up against the Arizona Cardinals, Norwood rushed the ball eight times for 31 yards, along with one receptions for -4 yards. In the 2007 season finale against the Seattle Seahawks, he ran the ball a season high 11 times for 46 yards, along with two receptions for 41 yards.
St. Louis Rams
Norwood has a daughter named Janila. He enjoys hunting, fishing, and NASCAR, and he has a foundation that takes children on outdoor adventures. His wife died three years ago from cancer. His Nickname is Jerious "The Fast and Furious" Norwood, because of his incredible speed and ferociousness. 
- "Jerious Norwood Draft Profile", NFLDraftScout.com, retrieved February 26, 2010.
- "Jerious Norwood Foundation". Retrieved 14 December 2008.[dead link]
- Atlanta Falcons bio
- Profile on Yahoo! Sports
- Atlanta Falcons player card on ESPN.com
- Profile on CBSSports.com
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