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Friday, December 15, 2017

Norris Stevenson, American football player (Dallas Cowboys, Edmonton Eskimos, BC Lions), died from cancer. he was , 72 [51]

Norris R. Stevenson  was an American fullback in the Canadian Football League for the BC Lions  died from cancer. he was , 72[. He played college football at the University of Missouri. He was selected in eleventh round of the 1961 NFL Draft by the Dallas Cowboys.

(October 27, 1939 – March 3, 2012)

Stevenson attended Vashon High School. He was the first African-American to receive a football scholarship at the University of Missouri.[1] As a sophomore, he registered 307 rushing yards. The next year he had 267 rushing yards and one touchdown.
He became a starter as a senior, posting 610 rushing yards (second on the team) and 6 touchdowns, contributing to an undefeated team (11-0 after a later forfeit by the University of Kansas) that won the Big Eight Conference title and the 1961 Orange Bowl, 21-14 over the United States Naval Academy. He also helped defeat the University of Oklahoma 41-19, rushing for 169 yards with touchdowns of 77 and 60 yards, which moved the Tigers to the top of the national polls for the first time in school history.
He finished his college career with 1,184 rushing yards and 7 touchdowns. During his time the school had  Orange Bowl.
a 22-9-1 record, including two trips to the
In 2001, he was inducted into the University of Missouri Athletics Hall of Fame and the University dedicated in his honor the "Norris Stevenson Plaza of Champions", on the west side of Memorial Stadium.[2]
 Norris was selected by the Dallas Cowboys in the 11th round (142nd overall) of the 1961 NFL Draft and by the New York Titans in the 12th round of the 1961 AFL Draft. He was waived on September 5.[3]
On February 6, 1962, he was signed by the BC Lions.[4] During the season he played in 3 games, registering only 9 rushing yards.[5]

 After his football career, he became a track and field coach at Forest Park Community College and Florissant Valley Community College for almost 30 years. In 1999, he was inducted into the Missouri Track and Field Association Hall of Fame.
He was also an ordained CME Minister. He died of colon cancer on March 3, 2012.[6]

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