Remembering Norman Hand
May 15, 2010
By Bill Boehlke
Former 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.