Josh Norman needs your scream. He wants your shout. He needs to hear you yell. And he’s willing to pay for it.
The Redskins cornerback has been on a crusade since last Sunday’s 16-3 victory at Tampa Bay to make FedEx Field into a home-field advantage for his team. And so, days after ripping the languid atmosphere in the team’s stadium, he is giving away what he says will be 40 to 50 tickets to Sunday’s home game against Houston.
The only stipulation is the fans who get these tickets must be able to make noise.
“We’ll see what lucky fans get them,” Norman said Thursday. “But whoever gets them I want them LOUD and obnoxious. Really obnoxious.”
Tickets for Sunday are priced from a low of $70 to a high of “$300 plus” for a handful of seats close to the field, which means Norman is spending anywhere from $2,800 to $15,000 to give away seats.
“I’m paying for your voice, how about that?” he said.
Ever since Norman blasted the crowds at FedEx, saying they are “an open bubble, like the other team’s turf or something,” Redskins defensive players have been doing ticket giveaways. Linebackers Mason Foster, Shaun Dion Hamilton and Zach Brown offered tickets over Twitter on Tuesday and Wednesday.
A Redskins spokesman said the ticket giveaway was Norman’s idea.
“We come back to our home and it seems like guys don’t really care,” Norman said after Sunday’s game. “They just boo everything and aren’t really behind us. We don’t really feel that [support]. And I’m tired of it, really. [Shoot], we can play all the games on the road if you ask me.”
Norman was criticized heavily by fans for his words. Asked Thursday whether he regretted saying them, he shook his head.
“I don’t really retract too many of my comments at all and this is not one I’m retracting because it’s the truth,” he said. “At the end of the day, sometimes, the truth is hard.”
“No one’s trying to go up here and try to stir anything up,” he continued. “But we do want people in the building if you got a ticket and you got a seat, come on out, man, and cheer us on and support us in the biggest way you can because we need it. We’re not a team that’s 3-6, we’re a team that’s 6-3. We’re trying to do something great. We are working hard, we are working really hard to bring a championship-caliber team here. It’s hard but guess what? We’re changing that mind-set, that’s why we need everyone.”
Norman said he will announce details about his ticket giveaway on social media. He added that might be “an early Santa somewhere at a mall or something handing out tickets.”
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