Josh Norman of the Washington Redskins, who declares himself “the best cornerback on earth,” clearly has no problem sharing his opinion.
The 2015 All-Pro is coming off of an incredible season after quietly being one of the best corners in the NFL for a while. Well, there’s nothing quiet about him anymore. After an invitation to the Pro Bowl, and armed with a huge contract from the Redskins, Norman’s words are getting a lot of attention these days.
So when Norman told Kevin Van Valkenburg in ESPN The Magazine that NFL commissioner Roger Goodell is “horrible” — “He’s straight horrible.” — naturally that’s going to turn a few heads.
Norman didn’t elaborate much on Goodell in the interview, or if he did, those comments were on the chopping block. The 28-year-old did go into some detail about his heritage, though. Norman revealed that he is partly Native American, and added that the term “Redskins” doesn’t bother him.
“Redskins is not offensive to me,” he said. “I’m part Native American on both my mom’s and my dad’s side. It’s kind of a funny thing, though. A redskin playing for the Redskins.”
His is an interesting perspective, as the debate over the political correctness of the Redskins nickname often fails to take into account how Native Americans or people of their descent honestly feel about the matter. Norman doesn’t speak for everybody, but it would be hard to say that his opinion on the matter isn’t relevant.