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Norris Weese
2021 Finalist
Greater New Orleans Sports Hall of Fame

Football, 1966-79
Chalmette HS/Ole Miss/NFL

An all-state, all-district (District MVP) and all-city quarterback at Chalmette High from 1966-68, Weese led the Owls to an 11-2 record, their first-ever district championship and their first state playoff victory before losing to Joe Ferguson and Woodlawn in 1968. In addition to being the star quarterback, he returned kicks and punts and served as the team’s punter – he rushed for 187 yards in one game in 1967, had a 75-yard punt in a 1967 state playoff game and scored on a 97-yard kick return in a 1968 playoff game. For his Chalmette career, he completed 106-of-258 passes for 1,809 yards and 29 TDs while rushing 293 times for 1,603 yards and another 29 TDs. Weese also played baseball (all-district as well) and basketball (serving as a team captain for all three sports) and was the student body president as well as his senior class valedictorian.

He succeeded Archie Manning as the quarterback at Ole Miss while also playing baseball for the Rebels. He led Ole Miss to a 10-2 record, including a 24-22 win over LSU and a 41-18 Peach Bowl win over Georgia Tech, in 1971. He was the Peach Bowl MVP after passing and running for scores. He closed the 1972 season by breaking the Ole Miss single-game quarterback rushing record (held by Manning) with 178 yards against Mississippi State. In his senior season (1973), he matched the school record by throwing just one interception all season. For his career, he accumulated 3,179 yards of total offense, 1,968 passing yards, 1,211 rushing yards and 33 TDs (18 passing, 15 rushing). In baseball, he was a four-year letterman. Hitting .304 with 15 home runs and 53 RBI as a catcher and outfielder. He hit .321 in 1972 as a key member of the Rebels’ SEC championship team that went on to win the NCAA Southern Regional and advance to the College World Series. He was also a three-year member of the SEC Academic Honor Roll and a two-time Academic All-American. He was elected Colonel Rebel in 1973, the highest honor given by the Ole Miss student body.

He followed his collegiate career by earning Offensive MVP honors at the 1973 Hula Bowl and then being picked in the fourth round of the NFL Draft by the Los Angeles Rams, but opted to play with Hawaii in the World Football League in 1974. He would play in the NFL starting in 1976, seeing action in 57 games with the Denver Broncos from 1976-79. In Super Bowl XII, he replaced an ineffective Craig Morton in the third quarter and directed the Broncos to their only TD of the game in a 27-10 loss to Dallas. Weese won the starting QB job in Denver in 1979, but a knee injury ended his career. In his short four-year NFL career, he threw for 1,187 yards to go with 362 rushing yards. He passed away in 1995 from a rare form of bone cancer.

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