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The Norm

A year ago at this time, Iowa defensive coordinator Norm Parker was dealing with a number of health issues that kept the venerable assistant off the field.
He had a leg amputated as a result of issues with diabetes and it has taken some time for Parker to adjust to his new prosthetic leg.
Parker now works out of the press box on game day with other assistants, but it has been “business as usual,” for Parker this far from the perspective of coach Kirk Ferentz.
“He hasn’t missed a day,” Ferentz said. “Until last spring, he couldn’t drive, but he is at a point now where he is driving again. That was a huge thing, because he can come and go as he pleases.”
Iowa does assign a student assistant to help Parker with any mobility issues he may encounter at stadiums on game days.
“It’s probably something at this point that he doesn’t necessarily need, but it will be there for him as he needs it,” Ferentz said. “He’s doing well.”

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