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Former UCLA Linebacker now bleeds Cardinal and Gold

Ken Norton Jr.

UCLA, linebacker, 1984-87
Dallas Cowboys, linebacker, 1988-93
San Francisco 49ers, linebacker, 1994-2000

Ken Norton Jr., one of the premier linebackers in NFL and collegiate history, is in his third year on the USC staff, including his second as a full-time assistant working with the linebackers (he was promoted in February of 2005). He spent his first year at USC as a graduate assistant (helping with the linebackers) after joining the Trojan staff in February of 2004.

Ken Norton Jr. sought a position under his former UCLA teammate Dorrell (UCLA head Coach) in 2003, but to no avail.  Pete Carroll coached Norton on the 49ers. He ran into him while doing an interview at the NFL Network studio, where Norton was working in 2003, and the rest is history.  Norton rejected offers by UCLA last January and is currently in the greatest spot he can be in….. Working as an assistant under the greatest football coach Pete Carroll.

In 2005, linebacker Rey Maualuga was a Freshman All-American first teamer.

In 2004, linebackers Matt Grootegoed and Lofa Tatupu were named All-American first teamers (Grootegoed also was a Butkus Award finalist and Tatupu was a NFL second round pick). The Trojans won the national championship.

information gathered from OC Register and


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