Oiler Great Norton Passes Away

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HOUSTON (AP) - Four-time A-F-L All-Star safety Jim Norton has
died. An obituary released by a Dallas-area funeral home says Norton
was 68 when he died June 12 in Garland. No cause of death was
The Los Angeles native was a three-sport athlete at Fullerton
Union High School and played four seasons of football at Idaho
before the N-F-L's Detroit Lions. Instead, he played for the
Oilers, who won the first American Football League title that
Norton retired in 1969 after nine seasons with the Oilers, and
he remains the franchise leader with 45 interceptions. He also
punted for the Oilers, and his 519 career punts were a franchise
record until Craig Hentrich passed it in 2004.
Norton's Number 43 is one of six jersey numbers retired by the
franchise. The others are Elvin Bethea, Earl Campbell, Mike
Munchak, Bruce Matthews and Warren Moon.
Norton is survived by his wife, a brother, a sister, three sons
and two daughters.
A memorial service was scheduled for June 29th at St. Joseph
Catholic Church in Richardson, Texas.