Norm was born and raised in New Orleans as the oldest of eight children. He graduated from Archbishop Rummel High School and LSU, B.S. Kinesiology. He was drafted by Chicago Bears as a Safety, Kick Returner, and Place Holder. He also played for the Green Bay Packers. After football, Norm went into the Business and Estate Planning field. He also earned his professional designations of CLU (Chartered Life Underwriter) and ChFC (Chartered Financial Consultant.) Norm has most recently been the President of the New Orleans Chapter of the NFLPA-Former Players. He has also served on the boards of LSU (Tiger Athletic Foundation), St. Paul's (Christian Brothers High School), and other non-profit organizations. Norm and wife Luellen have been married 41 years. They have 4 children, Norman, III (wife Katherine), Scott (wife Amanda), John David, and Caroline H. Barkerding (husband Baldwin) as well as 5 grandchildren. They currently reside in Mandeville, Louisiana.