Norm Willey

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Norm Willey
Norm Willey - 1954 Bowman.jpg
Willey on a 1954 Bowman football card
Date of birth (1927-08-22)August 22, 1927
Place of birth Hastings, West Virginia, U.S.
Date of death August 18, 2011(2011-08-18) (aged 83)
Career information
Position(s) Defensive end
College Marshall
NFL draft 1950 / Round: 13 / Pick: 170
Career history
As player
1950–1957 Philadelphia Eagles
Career highlights and awards
Pro Bowls 2
Career stats

Norman Earle "Norm" Willey (August 22, 1927 – August 18, 2011) was an American football defensive lineman in the National Football League for the Philadelphia Eagles. He went to two Pro Bowls during his eight-year career and was credited with an unofficial 17 sacks in one game.[1] Willey played college football at Marshall University and was drafted in the thirteenth round of the 1950 NFL Draft. Willey went on after his NFL career to teach physical education and coach football at Pennsville Memorial High School in Pennsville Township, New Jersey; the Norm Willey Boot trophy is awarded annually to the winner of annual football game between Pennsville and Penns Grove High School.[2]

In 2003, he was elected into the Marshall University Athletics Hall of Fame for his career in football and basketball.[3]

Wiley died on August 18, 2011, aged 83, only four days short of his 84th birthday.[4]

In remembrance of Willey, the Pennsville Memorial High School football team represented his initials on each of their helmets during the 2011 season.


  1. ^ The Eagles Encyclopedia
  2. ^ Pawling, Chris. "Norm Willey passes with great reputation left behind", The Star-Ledger, August 20, 2011. Accessed November 25, 2012. "Willey had the annual Thanksgiving Day trophy — the Norm Willey Boot, which is given to the winner of the Pennsville-Penns Grove football game — named after him.... When Willey ended his career as an Eagle, he went back to his hometown Eagles of Pennsville High School and acted as assistant coach of the football team."
  3. ^ Marshall Athletics Hall of Fame
  4. ^ @EaglesInsider. "#Eagles are saddened...". Twitter. Retrieved 20 August 2011.