Footballguys Staff Bio: John Norton

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Age: 55

Birthplace: Cincinnati

Education: Northern Kentucky University with a degree an career and technical education

Occupation: Teacher

Hometown: Batavia Ohio

Family: Married with a 29 year old daughter and an 25 year old son

Years playing fantasy football: Since 1992

Favorite FF smack talk: Not big on running my mouth. A wise man once told me. "Take care to coat your words with honey, for you never know when you may be called upon to eat them".

Years writing about fantasy football: 25, started with Fantasy insights in 1994 and was a partner with Bob Henry in Red Eye Sports for 5 years before joining the FBG team.

Favorite FBG feature: Depth charts. It's a quick link to anything you want to know about any player. Excellent scouting tool.

Organized football experience: I played through high school and then played semi-pro until I was 27. Had to "retire" over a broken thumb. Played center, defensive tackle and a little middle linebacker.

Favorite NFL team: I'm a Bengals fan by birth and a Raiders fan by choice.

Favorite college team: Ohio State although I'm not a huge college fan.

Favorite fan moment: I once stood next to Dick Butkus for the National Anthem and then drafted against him.

Favorite player of all time: Old school - Tim Krumrie and Howie Long. Current player J.J. Watt because I love great players with a lot of class.

NFL rule(s) I would change if I could: All the penalties we see everytime someone gets hit a little too hard. I'm all for safety but this is football, stop trying to take the physical nature out of it.

Favorite movie(s): Gods and Generals, Lord of the Rings

Favorite musical genres/albums/artists: Classic Rock. Boston, Van Halen, Iron Maiden, REO, Styx, Scorpions, Judas Priest, 38 Special ETC..

What I read: Fantasy novels when time allows.

Hobbies: Fantasy Football obviously, hunting, History (Civil War in particular), strategy games, reenacting.

Favorite TV show(s): Vikings, Game of Thrones, Washington's Spies. pretty much anything history related

Least favorite household chore: Laundry/Grass

Dream job: Full time sports writer.

Quote: "When you get to the endzone, act like you have been there before". The great Paul Brown