|Jim Turner Kicker|
Jim Turner was a kicker in the AFL and NFL from 1964 to 1979. The 6-2 205 pound kicker was born on March 28, 1941 in Martinez, California. He was an undrafted free agent in 1964 and was signed by the New York Jets.
Jim Turner’s Record 1968 Season
1968 was a spectacular year for Jim Turner and the New York Jets. He made 34 of 46 field goal attempts and was perfect on all 43 extra point tries for a record 145 points. His 34 made field goals were also the most in pro football history. To cap it all off, Jim Turner scored nine points against the Oakland Raiders to win the AFL Championship Game and then scored 10 points in the New York Jets shocking upset of the Baltimore Colts in Super Bowl III. He definitely helped Joe Namath with his guaranteed victory as the Jets won 16-7.
Jim Turner Scores a Touchdown
It was October 16, 1977 and Jim Turner and the Denver Broncos were in the midst of a miraculous season. Their opponent was the hated Oakland Raiders who had dominated the Broncos for many years. The Broncos had closed practices to the media and for good reason, as their fake field goal play worked to perfection. After the Broncos lined up for the apparent field goal attempt, holder Norris Weese took the snap from center, rolled right and threw back to placekicker Turner, who had drifted downfield, ignored by the Raiders’ defenders. Norris Weese said, "I looked first for Riley Odoms. But you can't waste time on the play and I saw Turner wide open and couldn't believe it." The touchdown put Denver ahead 21-7 late in the second period. "I ran into the end zone out of fear. Speed wasn't involved," said Turner. (1) It was the first touchdown of his NFL career. He could finally be called, “Jim Turner football player,” the best compliment you could ever give a kicker.
Jim Turner’s Career
Jim Turner played in two Super Bowls during his career, winning one of them, Super Bowl III against the Colts. When his career was over he finished with 304 of 488 field goals and made 521 of 543 extra points and scored a touchdown for 1439 total points. In 1988, Jim Turner was inducted into the Denver Broncos Ring of Fame
By A. Goodin, 20Yardline.com
Jim Turner Biography Sources:
Broncos Smash Raiders, Swipe 7 Stabler Passes (1977, October 17) Albuquerque Journal
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