Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Norton Is Star of Three-Ring Circus

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Norton Is Star of Three-Ring Circus

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The San Francisco 49ers organization has won five Super Bowls, more than any other team in National Football League history.

But 49ers linebacker Ken Norton Jr. was the envy of even his joyful teammates after Sunday's 49-26 Super Bowl thrashing of San Diego. He is the first player in NFL history to win three consecutive Super Bowl titles.

"Any time you can do this as often as I've been able to do it - you set higher goals," Norton said. "I can't say, `Let's get to the championship.' I can't say, `Let's have a competitive season.' We've got to all the way."

The 49ers did this season, thanks to one of the most potent offenses in league history. But another contributing factor was an improved San Francisco defense, one good enough to beat Dallas this season, and good enough to stop San Diego when it had to Sunday.

Norton, who won his first two Super Bowl rings as a member of the Dallas Cowboys, came to San Francisco as a free agent in the offseason.

"I'm on a team that has made a commitment to be the best," said Norton, who had seven tackles Sunday. "From the ownership on down . . . everyone is pulling toward one direction - and that's winning championships."

Like the rest of the 49ers, Norton says he's hungry for more championships.

"Why stop at three?" he said. "Why not go for four?"

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Deion's Day: While Norton was the first player to win three consecutive Super Bowl titles, teammate Deion Sanders made his own bit of history.

With his start at cornerback against San Diego, "Prime Time" became the first player to complete in both a Super Bowl and a World Series. He made the Series as an outfielder for the Atlanta Braves.

"The game didn't really revolve around me," Sanders said. "I did my job, and handled what was in front of me. But my teammates kicked butt."

Sanders did have his moments, though. …

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