Norm Masters
No. 78
Born:(1933-09-19)September 19, 1933
Detroit, Michigan[1]
Died:April 19, 2011(2011-04-19) (aged 77)
Detroit, Michigan
Career information
Position(s)Offensive Tackle
Height6 ft 2 in (188 cm)
Weight249 lb (113 kg)
CollegeMichigan State
High schoolSt. Mary of Redford
(Detroit, Michigan)
NFL draft1956 / Round: 2 / Pick: 18
(By the Chicago Cardinals)
Career history
As player
1956BC Lions (CFL)
1957–1964Green Bay Packers
Career highlights and awards
Career stats

Norman Donald Masters (September 19, 1933 – April 19, 2011) was an American football offensive tackle for the Green Bay Packers.

Born and raised in Detroit, Michigan, Masters graduated from its St. Mary of Redford High School,[1] and played college football at Michigan State. There he earned Consensus All America honors as a senior[2][circular reference] on the Spartans' 1955 squad that finished 9-1 with a Rose Bowl win over UCLA.[3]

The Chicago Cardinals selected Masters in the second round of the 1956 NFL Draft, but he instead accepted an offer from the B.C. Lions of the CFL and played the 1956 season in Canada. His hometown Detroit Lions acquired his rights for the 1957 season. The Lions traded Masters to the Green Bay Packers in a six-player deal which included three linemen (Masters, tackle Ollie Spencer and guard Jim Salsbury) and halfback Don McIlhenny to the Packers for quarterback Tobin Rote and defensive back Val Joe Walker.[4][5]

Masters was 6 feet 2 inches tall and weighed 249 pounds[1]

Masters started at right tackle for the Packers in the 1961 NFL Championship Game, a 37–0 victory at home; it was the first of five NFL titles for head coach Vince Lombardi.


  1. ^ a b c "Norm Masters Past Stats, Statistics, History, and Awards". Archived from the original on February 7, 2007. Retrieved June 18, 2009.
  2. ^ "1955 College Football All-America Team". Retrieved October 13, 2020.
  3. ^ "Former Packers' tackle Masters dies at 77". Retrieved October 13, 2020.
  4. ^ "Former Packers' tackle Masters dies at 77". Retrieved October 13, 2020.
  5. ^ "Cardless Starters from the Lombardi Era: Norm Masters". Retrieved October 13, 2020.