Hall of Fame - Inductee Detail

Homer Norton

Homer Norton

Details

  • Position: Coach
  • School: Centenary, Texas A&M
  • Years: 1920-1947
  • Inducted: 1971
  • Place of Birth: Birmingham, AL
  • Date of Birth: Dec 30, 1896
  • Place of Death: College Station, TX
  • Date of Death: May 26, 1965

Member Biography

Offensively potent, defensively superb - these were the trademarks of Homer Norton teams at Texas A&M from 1934 until 1947. This smiling, moon-faced man was a master at winning big games; his overall record was 142-73-18 at Centenary and A&M. Norton's 1939 squad outscored the opposition, 198-18, in 10 games, and defeated Tulane, 14-13, in the Sugar Bowl. Texas A&M was the national champion in 1939. A&M was co-champion of the SWC in 1940, sharing the honor with Southern Methodist - and beating Fordham, 13-12, in the Cotton Bowl. The next season, 1941, the Aggies won the SWC crown outright, but lost a Cotton Bowl decision to Alabama, 29-21. Norton's 1943 team bowed to Louisiana State in the Orange Bowl, 19-14. At College Station, Norton led the Aggies to an overall record of 82-53- 9. His Centenary teams (1920-1921, 1926-1933) won 60 of 89 games. Among the many stars that Norton developed were John Kimbrough and Joe Routt of A&M.