|Date of birth||30 May 1983|
|Original team(s)||Wangaratta Rovers (O&MFL)|
|Debut||24 May 2003, Carlton
vs. Brisbane Lions, at Optus Oval
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 2005.
|Sources: AFL Tables, AustralianFootball.com|
From Wangaratta, Norman played his junior football for Wangaratta Rovers in the Ovens & Murray Football League. In 2001 Norman won the Glenrowan Football Club senior Best and Fairest in the Ovens & King Football League, before crossing over to the Rovers. In 2002, as a 19-year-old, Norman finished equal second in the Wangaratta Rovers club best-and-fairest. His performance during the season caught the attention of recruiters at the Carlton Football Club, and Carlton recruited him to the Australian Football League with its sixth round selection in the 2002 AFL National Draft (#79 overall), despite having never played TAC Cup football. Norman's recruitment was particularly rare in the 21st century, as very few players reach the Australian Football League without having played either senior or under-18s football at state level.
Norman made his debut in mid-2003, playing seven games in his first season. However, in 2004, Norman made headlines when, after the team's Round 2 win against Geelong, he and controversial team-mate Laurence Angwin arrived at the following day's recovery session under the influence of ecstasy. Angwin had been involved in several previous indiscretions, and was sacked immediately; Norman received a one-match suspension and strict behavioural conditions from the club, with the club believing that he could improve his off-field behaviour in Angwin's absence. Following his suspension, Norman played another fourteen matches for the season.
In early 2005, Norman was again accused of an off-field indiscretion relating to unpaid rent and leaving the property in a poor condition, following his eviction. He played only four games for Carlton during the 2005 season, spending the rest playing for Carlton's VFL-affiliate, the Northern Bullants. He was delisted at the end of the season. Norman played a total of 27 games for Carlton over three seasons.
Following his AFL career, Norman returned to country Victoria, and to country football, playing with Mooroopna in the Goulburn Valley Football League from 2006-2007, then returning to Wangaratta Rovers for six seasons from 2008 until 2013; he has played with Glenrowan since 2014.
- "Senior Football Best and Fairest". Wangaratta Rovers Football Netball Club. Retrieved 22 Jun 2011.
- "2002 NAB AFL Draft full list" (PDF). Australian Football League. Retrieved 22 Jun 2011.
- Daffey, Paul (2004). "The 10 best smokies in the national draft". The Age. Retrieved 22 Jun 2011.
- "Norman told to ditch Angwin friendship". Sydney Morning Herald. 8 April 2004. Retrieved 22 Jun 2011.
- "Millionaires with a Year Ten Education". The AFL Player Spectator. 15 Jan 2005. Retrieved 22 Jun 2011.
- Brett Kohlhagen (8 November 2013). "Hawks lose Karl Norman". The Border Mail. Retrieved 31 May 2014.
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