Norwood Vann

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Norwood Vann (born February 18, 1962 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)[1] is a former American football player who played five NFL seasons with the Los Angeles Rams and Los Angeles Raiders in the early 1980s.

College[edit]

A member of the famed 1983 East Carolina Pirates, in his Senior year, Vann started at tight end[2] and earned the team's "Clutch Player Award".[3]

Pro career[edit]

Drafted in the 10th round with the 253rd pick of the 1984 NFL Draft (181 picks before Carl Lewis), Vann played five NFL seasons as a backup and special teams linebacker, tying for the league lead in safeties in his 1984 rookie year, with 1. Vann recovered 7 fumbles over his 4 years with the Rams, and then became a Los Angeles Raider in 1988. He played one game for the Raiders, and later was involved in the Buffalo Bills organization but did not play a game for the Bills.

Ram It[edit]

During his professional career, Vann is perhaps most notable for his energetic appearance in the LA Rams promotional video "Ram It" by "The Rammers",[4] in which he is one of the first five featured soloists, along with Jackie Slater, Nolan Cromwell, Gary Jeter, and Dennis Harrah. Following Jeter's segment, Vann's verse went: "This is limousine Woody, my moves are like dreams, they call me the demon on the special teams. I know how to rock from the toes to the head, when I pull the trigger, I'll knock you dead", leading into Dennis Harrah's "Mountain Man"-themed verse.

Vann, possibly due to his athletic dance moves, was also featured prominently as one of the five players in the front line during the "Ram It" chorus segments, alongside NFL Hall of Famer Eric Dickerson, 4-time Pro Bowler Nolan Cromwell, and 2-time Pro Bowlers David "Big Daddy" Hill and LeRoy Irvin, all players with considerably longer and more successful NFL careers than Vann.

Post-NFL[edit]

Following his release from the Bills organization, Vann played in the CFL for the Toronto Argonauts for several seasons, before retiring and returning to East Carolina to complete his undergraduate degree in Communications in 1995.[5]

In 1999, following the completion of his playing career, college teammate Reggie Branch compared some of his Washington Redskins Super Bowl-winning teammates to those at East Carolina, mentioning Vann specifically by name.[6]

In 1999, Vann was also inducted into the East Carolina Pirates hall of fame.

Now currently resides in Virginia and works for the South Boston Dollar General Distribution Plant as shipping supervisor.

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