Former Ole Miss, NFL defensive tackle dies

By The Associated Press

WALTERBORO, S.C. – Former NFL defensive tackle Norman Hand has died at 37 after collapsing at his home in South Carolina.

Colleton County Coroner Richard Harvey said the 37-year-old Hand collapsed at his home in Walterboro, S.C., about 11 a.m. Friday and died about 90 minutes later at a local hospital.

The cause of death has not been determined. The coroner said an autopsy is planned Saturday. He said Hand’s family was with him when he died.

Hand’s 10-year NFL career included playing stints with the Dolphins, Saints, Chargers, Seahawks and Giants. Hand, who had 22½ career sacks, was drafted in the fifth round by the Dolphins in 1995 after playing at Ole Miss.

Hand was also a standout at Itawamba Community College.