Ohio native, Cheatham Norrils stayed in his home state where he attended the University of Toledo a and made an impact as early as his freshman year. The defensive back played for five seasons, and as a redshirt senior, was named First Team All-Conference as the team captain. Following college, Norrils was invited to minicamps with the Pittsburgh Steelers and the New Orleans Saints before landing in the Canadian Football League (CFL) with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats. After his stint in the CFL, Norrils made his way to the NAL where he played with the Massachusetts Pirates for two seasons. Last season with the Pirates, Norrils was second on the team in total tackles with 59 and chipped in four interceptions and a fumble recovery. Norrils most recently spent time in the Alliance of American Football League with the Salt Lake Stallions.