Kevin Turner (running back)

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Kevin Turner
No. 34
Position: Fullback
Personal information
Date of birth: (1969-06-12)June 12, 1969
Place of birth: Prattville, Alabama
Date of death: March 24, 2016(2016-03-24) (aged 46)
Place of death: Vestavia Hills, Alabama
Height: 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight: 231 lb (105 kg)
Career information
College: Alabama
NFL Draft: 1992 / Round: 3 / Pick: 71
Career history
Career NFL statistics
Rushing yards: 635
Receiving yards: 2,015
Touchdowns: 11
Player stats at NFL.com
Player stats at PFR

Paul Kevin Turner (June 12, 1969 – March 24, 2016) was an American professional American football fullback. He played eight seasons in the National Football League for the New England Patriots and Philadelphia Eagles.

Career[edit]

Turner attended Prattville High School in Prattville, Alabama. Playing for the school's gridiron football team, Turner was a member of the 1984 Alabama state champions.[1] He enrolled at the University of Alabama, where he played college football for the Alabama Crimson Tide. With the Crimson Tide, Turner was regarded as a strong blocker, supporting running backs Siran Stacy and Bobby Humphrey. He also rushed for 4.7 yards (4.3 m) per carry and had 95 receptions.[2]

The New England Patriots of the National Football League (NFL) selected him in the third round of the 1992 NFL draft. Turner played for New England for three seasons, and then played for five seasons with the Philadelphia Eagles.[3] Turner missed the majority of the 1995 season due to a knee injury. When he came back the following year, he blocked for Ricky Watters, who led the NFL in rushing yards. Turner won the Ed Block Courage Award for his persistence through the injury. He experienced two neck injuries in 1999, which ended his career. He finished his NFL career with 635 rushing yards (4.0 yards (3.7 m) per carry), 236 receptions for 2,015 yards, and 10 touchdowns.[2]

Personal life[edit]

Turner and his ex-wife had three children. They were divorced. Kevin married Allison Sanford in 2014.[4] His son Nolan will play college football for the Clemson Tigers of Clemson University.[3]

Health issues[edit]

In June 2010, Turner was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also referred to as Lou Gehrig's disease.[5] He was involved in research that links chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) to ALS, and agreed to donate his brain and spinal cord when he died.[3] Turner served as a lead plaintiff in a major lawsuit filed by former players against the NFL regarding the health risks of concussions in American football.[4]

Turner's life with ALS was documented in the music video for the song "Journey On" by Ty Herndon. Turner and his two children appeared in the music video along with Herndon. In 2012, Jon Frankel of HBO worked with Turner to create the documentary film American Man,[6] describing Turner's life, especially his battle with ALS.

On March 24, 2016, Turner died as a result of ALS in his home in Vestavia Hills, Alabama.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Roney, Marty (January 17, 2016). "Prattville turns out to support Turner". Montgomery Advertiser. Retrieved March 24, 2016. 
  2. ^ a b Stephenson, Creg (March 24, 2016). "Kevin Turner, 1969–2016: Former Alabama, NFL fullback known for toughness, versatility". AL.com. Retrieved March 24, 2016. 
  3. ^ a b c d "Fomer NFL, Alabama player Kevin Turner dies after ALS battle". ESPN.com. March 24, 2016. Retrieved March 24, 2016. 
  4. ^ a b Maese, Rick (December 15, 2014). "Kevin Turner, leading plaintiff in NFL concussions lawsuit, battles ALS". The Washington Post. Retrieved March 24, 2016. 
  5. ^ "Former Alabama, NFL star diagnosed with ALS". Montgomeryadvertiser.com. Retrieved 2014-03-02. 
  6. ^ American Man: Kevin Turner's Price for Gridiron Glory at Gridiron Greats assistance fund.

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