2005 All Star Game
Norman Yono, Jr.
Defensive Back / Linebacker
6'0 200 lbs.
High School Coach: Brendan Flaherty
High School: Birmingham Groves, A
College: Undecided
Norman started his football career with the Southfield Lathrup Falcons
little league team and ended up at Birmingham Groves for his high
school years.  As a sophomore, he started at linebacker on varsity.
Norman played all four years at Birmingham Groves, "it has been the
greatest experience of my life thus far." As a senior he was named
captain, "I had the pleasure to lead the great group of guys on my
team. If it weren't for my teammates, I wouldn't be where I am today."
Norman was a three-year letter winner, moving up to varsity as a
freshman for playoffs.  During his sophomore year on varsity, he
played linebacker and special teams. As a junior, linebacker, and
wing-back and his senior year, he played linebacker, running back and
special teams. He earned the Most Valuable Back award from his
teammates as a senior. Norman broke two records; single-season tackles
151 and career tackles 362.
Norman thanked, "my brother Tyson who also played for Groves. He
played linebacker, and I owe a lot to him because he prepared me for
high school football. Tyson was an all-league, all-area player, who
graduated in 2000." He thanked both of his parents, especially his
mom, "for always being there for me." He thanked his father, "for
making me strong," and his teammates, "for always helping me." He
thanked "all the coaches for their great work and dedication, and I am
grateful to Groves football and the great program Birmingham Groves
has put together."
  • All Area, 2003 and 2004
  • All North 1st Team, Detroit News, 2004
  • All County, 2004
  • All-State, 2004
  • Dream Team, Birmingham Eccentric and Oakland Press, 2004


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