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Articles added: December 12, 2006

Interview with San Francisco 49ers starting full back Moran Norris

By Ivette Ricco

November 15, 2006
Santa Clara, Calif.

 

Here at Femmefan.com we strive to get an up close and personal look at athletes.

We are more interested in the person rather than the stats and career records.
Thanksgiving is a time for sharing and a time to be thankful for all the little things that life has to offer. Giving is the essence of the Holidays and we wanted to interview an athlete who sets an example for giving, and giving back.

Moran Norris is such a person. He is the starting fullback for the San Francisco Forty Niners. He was selected in the 2001 draft by the New Orleans Saints. Now he is one of the men who has helped to solidify the SF 49ers offensive line, blocking for Frank Gore, the Niners running block who is, literally, on fire.

Moran is a quiet and thoughtful young man, who believes that giving back is the right thing to do.

 

FF:
Moran you're a Texas native.

Has it been difficult to adjust to life and football in the San Francisco Bay Area?

MN:
Living down here I can say that I like the weather, I like everything down here. But to answer your question, no it's not difficult to live here, because I went off to college at Lawrence Kansas , I played for the New Orleans Saints, so I'm used to change and diversity and I love it down here.

I'm with a good team with good people that surround us, I love everything about it.

 

FF:
I spent some time in Lawrence Kansas , great campus, wonderful campus but it's a pretty boring town.

 

MN:
Yes it's boring but it's a good college town. If you want to graduate and stay focused it's a good place. I'm glad I went there because I was able to do a major and get dual degrees in crime and delinquency and communications.

 

FF:
Houston is home, what do you miss about home?

 

MN:
I guess just my family, my wife and my newborn. They can't travel yet since she just had the baby. I miss my mom, dad and family, everybody there.

But, it'll be all right.

 

 

FF:
Did you get to see the baby?

 

MN:
Yes I made it there in time to see the birth.

 

FF:
How old is the baby now?

 

MN:
Friday she'll be three weeks.

 

FF:
What's the baby's name?

 

MN:
London Simone Morris.

 

FF:
What team did you root for when you were growing up?

 

MN:
I gotta say the Houston Oilers.

Earl Campbell, Warren Moon.

 

FF:
No Cowboys?
.

MN:
No, the rest of my family was, but not me.

 

FF:
In the off season where do you live?

 

MN:
In Houston .

 

FF:
Now that the 49ers have a little bit of momentum going and the defense is starting to jell, what do you think about the balance of this season?

 

MN:
I think we're finally getting the offense and the defense to click together.

Which is good, I knew it would happen, we all knew it would happen.

We just gotta keep doing and keep grinding every week and hope for the best.

 

FF:
Explain your role in the offense as a fullback.

 

MN:
As the fullback I pave the way for the running back, protect for the quarterback, I consider myself a utility back just doing whatever the coach asks for.

 

FF:
The way Frank Gore is running would you say that you've been a big part of that?

 

MN:
I'd say I've been a big part of that.

 

FF:
He's just on fire.

 

MN:

Yes he's on fire, he's a good running back.

I'm glad to be here blocking for him.

 

FF:
Let's talk a little bit about life outside of football.

You're married to Tamara, and have a newborn baby.

How did you meet your wife?

 

MN:
I was at home for a college break around Christmas and she was at home for a college break. She went to Texas A&M, I met her at a sorority party on campus.

She was with one of my classmates that graduated with me from my high school. I saw my friend and started to talking to her and asked her who was that, who was her friend.

And then we just kept it up from there, kind of long distance relationship. And here we are now.

 

FF:
How long have you been married?

 

MN:
Going on three years, March 27 it will be three years.

 

FF:
Wow, that's impressive, you remember the anniversary date and everything!

Does she have her own career?

 

MN:
Yes she's a CPA, she went to Texas A&M for five years got her degree and is now a CPA.

 

FF:
I read in your bio that you have a great interest in helping kids.

Tell me a little about your charitable involvements.

 

MN:
Me and my wife Tamara, we started a foundation a year ago, we started the foundation to give back to the community.

When I was growing up I remember this football player came and he used to come and just talk to the kids and I still remember that day. It was pretty cool and he really inspired me, I felt like, if I ever had a chance to go back like that, I would do the same thing.

 

FF:
Do you think that you provide these kids with a role model?

 

MN:
Yes a role model. It helps them to believe that if "he can do it then I can do it".

.

FF:
When you go home do you look for ways to help the community whenever you can?

 

MN:
Oh yes I usually go back to my high school talk to the kids, my middle school, I always do a whole lot of things in the community, I've always done that since college.

 

FF:
I don't know Houston so I don't know the area you come from, but is it a tough neighborhood?

Do the kids need the support of people in the community?

 

MN:
Yeah it's tough. Madison High School is tough, it's pretty tough.

But I go there, just to give back.

I was there about a month ago, we had a bye week, I gave a $5000 donation to my middle school for the fine arts department.

It's a fine arts school and there's really no fine arts going on there so I wanted to donate $5000 for fine arts.

 

FF:
Since Femmefan.com is a site for women who are avid sports fans, we like to know more about the man than the scores and the statistics. I have a few non-football related questions for you.

 

FF:
Moran, what is your favorite meal?

 

MN:
Shrimp. Yeah fried shrimp.

 

FF:
What is your favorite way to relax?


MN:
Go to my theatre room at home and watch a DVD movie.

 

FF:
Favorite movie?

 

MN:
My favorite movie probably is the comedy, Old School with Will Ferell.

 

FF:
Your favorite television show?

 

MN:
I'm not a big television show guy I'm more into the DVD movies. I like to buy movies and just check 'em out and relax.

 

FF:
If you were planning a romantic night for your wife, what would be the most romantic thing you could do for her?

 

MN:
Have a limo come pick us up..I'd say planning a little scavenger hunt.

Put like little clues, I'd hide the clues where she would see them. I kinda know where she goes when she first come in the house, she'd look at the counter so I would have a clue right there. Then I have another clue where she takes off her clothes from work. Just different clues and the moral of the story I have a clue where I'm at the end I'm waiting in a restaurant with a candlelit dinner.

 

FF:
Have you done this or have you thought about doing this?

 

MN:
I did a scavenger hunt, but there are different levels you can take it to.

I haven't taken it to the extreme level yet but I have done one.

 

FF:
Did she like it?

 

MN:
Oh yeah.

 

FF:
So if she was planning a romantic evening for you, what would she do?

 

MN:
We think alike, she'd probably do the same.

Kind of like a scavenger hunt, she'd be on the other end.

 

FF:
What is the one place in the world you would most like to visit?

 

MN:
Probably Africa , to give back. Just to go and give to the needy.

 

FF:
You have a really philanthropic heart. Do you feel you feel that life is about doing for others?

 

MN:
I feel that if you're able to do something for others you might as well do it.

Not only will you be blessed but it's a good thing to do.

 

FF:
What's your personal goal after life in football?

 

MN:
My personal goal is managing my own company, overlooking that, and still going out to schools and talking to the kids.

 

FF:
Have any idea what type of company?

 

MN:
I don't know yet, but real estate is really big in Houston , and in Texas .

I can always do that.

With my wife being a CPA, I'm sure we'll come up with something.

As long as you just save your money now, the idea will come later.

 

FF:
What would you say to the female football fans in general but specifically to the San Francisco 49ers female football fans who visit www.Femmefan.com?

 

MN:
Hey football is great keep watching it, keep looking at Femmefan.com because you can learn a whole lot of things.

We're on the rise we've won some games back to back, things are looking up.

Thanks to the San Francisco Forty Niners for allowing Femmefan.com the opportunity to speak with Moran.

Following this interview conducted on 11/15/06 the 49ers upset the NFC West champion Seattle Seahawks 20-14 in San Francisco . Frank Gore rushed for a team record 212 yards, you can be sure that number 40 was leading the way that day for Gore.

Off the field Moran Norris will continue to lead a life that is exemplified by caring, sharing and giving back.

 

MORAN NORRIS

FULLBACK

Ht: 6-2, Wt: 250, Born: 6-16-78

College: Kansas

6 th Year ( UFA in '06)

Games/Starts: 2005-16/5; Career-62/18

 

CAREER: Tough, hard-nosed fullback who can be utilized as both a blocker and receiver.Helped open holes for Houston backfield mate Domanick Davis' record consecutive 1,000-yard seasons in 2003-2004.Also a solid special teams performer.

TRANSACTIONS: Originally selected by New Orleans in the fourth round (115 th pick overall) in the 2001 draft.Signed by New Orleans on July 27, 2001.Claimed off waivers by Houston on September 18, 2002.Re-signed by Houston on April 19, 2004.Re-signed by Houston on March 4, 2005..Signed by San Francisco on May 23, 2006.

 

COLLEGE:

  • Lettered four years at Kansas .
  • Arrived in Lawrence as a tight end but moved to the backfield.
  • Rushed for 864 career yards on 199 carries (4.3 avg.) with 10 touchdowns. Added 17 receptions for 87 yards and one score.
  • Rushed for 313 yards and two touchdowns as a senior, earning third-team All-Big 12 honors.
  • Rushed for career-high 537 yards and eight scores as a junior, when he split time at fullback and tailback.
  • Paced team in scoring with 54 points as primary blocker sophomore season.
  • Saw action in three games at tight end as a redshirt freshman.
  • Member of the Jayhawks Scholar List.
  • Graduated with dual degrees in communications studies and crime and delinquency.

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