ootball is, in many ways, the ultimate non-stereotypical sport for an Asian American. Not only is it brutally physical, it embodies a blend of teammwork, cunning and bold split-second timing that seems quintessentially American. One of the top masters of its dynamics is Chinese American Norm Chow. As USC's quarterback coach and offensive coordinator since January 2001, Chow is credited with mentoring Heisman Trophy winners Matt Leinert and Carson Palmer. During his 27 years at BYU, Chow coached six of the NCAA's top 16 passing efficiency leaders who went on to become legendary NFL quarterbacks, including Steve Young, Jim McMahon and Ty Detmer.
The Hawaii native helped the Trojans win two consecutive national championships (2003-4 and 2004-5) before joining the NFL's Tennessee Titans in early 2005 as offensive coordinator. Norm Chow learned football from the ground up. He started two years as offensive guard at Utah and was selected to that university's All-Century Team. His pro career began and ended in 1968 with the Saskatchewan Roughriders when he suffered a permanent knee injury.