Remembering Norman Hand

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May 15, 2010

By Bill Boehlke

Hand240_0515Former Seahawks defensive tackle Norman Hand has died after collapsing at his home in South Carolina. Colleton County Coroner Richard Harvey said the 37-year-old Hand collapsed at his home in Walterboro, S.C., about 11 a.m. Friday and died about 90 minutes later at a local hospital.

The cause of death has not been determined. The coroner said Hand’s family was with him when he died. Walterboro/Colleton County head coach Leroy Riley reported that Hand had been battling high blood pressure.

Hand joined the Seahawks in a draft-day trade with the New Orleans Saints on April 27, 2003. In that season Hand played six games with five starts at left defensive tackle. He had 10 tackles and a sack before a torn right biceps muscle forced him to go on injured reserve on Nov. 12.

A product of the University of Mississippi, Hand entered the NFL as the Miami Dolphins’ fifth-round draft choice in 1995 (the 158th overall pick). After two years with the Dolphins, Hand played for the San Diego Chargers (1997-1999), New Orleans Saints (2000-2002), Seahawks (2003), and New York Giants (2004).

Hand was born on Sept. 4, 1972 in Queens, New York. With his wife, Tammy, he had a son, Norman Derrell, Jr., and a daughter, Alexis Ariel.