Saturday, May 15, 2010

Saints Nation: Former Saints Norman Hand Dies at the Age of 37

Former Saint Norman Hand has passed away at the young age of 37. He collapsed in his home in Walterboro, SC and died shortly after (STORY). While Hand battled weight issues throughout his NFL career and after his playing days, he was best known for his standout run stopping ability. Hand also had a very outgoing personality that quickly made him a fan favorite in New Orleans. His best year with the Saints was his first year with the team in 2000 when the team won their first ever playoff game in franchise history. Hand was nicknamed "Big Wiggle" for his wiggle dance celebration following the numerous big plays he made.

Besides Deuce, "Big Wiggle" was one of my favorite Saints of the Haslett era. He never shied away from showing off his big friendly smile and he was always kind and gracious the times I saw him in interviews or interacting with fans. In his prime he could push the pile like few dominant defensive tackles. He played with the Saints from 2000 to 2002. RIP Big Wiggle, we will miss you.