Mark Norman was an outstanding player at Sa-Hali Junior High and Kamloops Secondary (Kam-Hi) and was a valuable contributor to Kam-Hi’s 1981 provincial high school football championship. He then went on to become a defensive star on some of UBC’s best football teams from 1983 to 1986.
He set, and holds, several UBC and Canada Conference including most interception touchdowns in a season (5), most interception return for yards in a season (451), and set the Canada West record for most interceptions in a single season (13). The three records are current UBC records as of 2022, in addition to his single-game record of 152 interception return yards.
Norman was a Canada West All-Star in 1985 and 1986, as well as being an All-Canadian both years. In 1986, he won the Frank Gnup Memorial Trophy as the Canada West Player of the Year and was the West’s nominee for the Hec Crighton Trophy. In 1986, he was selected as the CIS Most Outstanding Defensive Player of the Year.
He went on to be selected by Edmonton in the 1987 CFL Draft and played five seasons, winning a Grey Cup in his rookie year.