Former Walterboro, NFL player Norman Hand dead at 37

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WALTERBORO, SOUTH CAROLINA (WIREUPDATE.COM) — Former Walterboro star and NFL player Norman Hand died in Colleton County, South Carolina on Friday morning, a coroner told WCSC-TV on Saturday. He was only 37.

“Norman Hand, 37 years old, collapsed at his residence around 11 this morning. He was taken to the Colleton Medical Center where he was pronounced dead at 12:39 p.m. The cause of death is pending an autopsy. There is no foul play suspected,” said the Colleton County coroner, according to WCSC-TV.


His family issued a brief statement which read: “Our beloved Norman was brought to the hospital earlier today. He was unresponsive and resuscitation not successful. He passed away early this afternoon surrounded by his family. Respect for our family will be greatly appreciated as we mourn this incomprehensible loss. We ask that you focus on Norman’s life and the contributions he made rather than on his untimely death.”

Norman Hand played for two years at the University of Mississippi where he was a starter before transffering to Itawamba Junior College in Mississippi. In 2004 Hand joined the National Football League playing for the New York Giants. Throughout his professional career he played for the Giants, Seattle Seahawks, New Orlean Saints, San Diego Chargers, and the Miami Dolphins.

Hand is probably best known for a nickname he received along with fellow Saints players Martin Chase and Grady Jackson. They were known as “The Heavy Lunch Bunch.”

Hand’s career statistics can be found here: http://www.nfl.com/players/normanhand/profile?id=HAN119783

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  • Carl

    Chicken Break Part Duex
    (This is NOT funny, this is for real!)

    Here’s a funny little exchange from a piece about 300+ lb. NFL lineman from HBO’s “Real Sports”

    Bryant Gumbel:So…how many (chicken) wings do you or could you eat?
    Norman Hand:Hmm…I’ve I’m hungry, 50 or 60 wings.
    Gumbel: That’s what five…six thousand calories.
    Hand:I’m not too worried about that.