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January 1, Former Jets and Broncos Kicker Dies at 82



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The football world is mourning the loss of former Jets and Broncos kicker, Jim Turner, who passed away on Saturday at the age of 82 due to heart failure. Known for his tenacity and skill on the field, Turner left an indelible mark on the sport that will not soon be forgotten.

Turner’s most notable achievement came during Super Bowl III, where he kicked three field goals for the Jets, contributing to their historic 16-7 victory over the Baltimore Colts. This victory became even more remarkable in light of quarterback Joe Namath’s famous guarantee of victory, which Turner and his teammates made a reality.

However, Turner’s career wasn’t always headed toward football stardom. After failing to secure a spot on the Washington Redskins’ roster in 1963, he planned to pursue a career in teaching. But destiny had other plans, and Turner was signed by Jets coach Weeb Ewbank in 1964.

Turner would go on to kick for seven seasons for the Jets, earning Pro Bowl honors in 1968 and 1969. He later played for the Broncos from 1971 through 1979. In recognition of his significant contributions to the team, Turner was inducted into the Broncos Ring of Fame in 1988.

Beyond his commendable on-field performances, Turner had an impressive track record of never missing a game in his 16 professional seasons. Over the course of his career, he kicked 304 field goals and scored a total of 1,439 points.

After retiring from professional football, Turner used his experience and passion for the game to give back to his community. He worked in Denver media for several TV and radio outlets, and served as an academic coach in the National Football Foundation’s Play It Smart program.

Turner is survived by his wife, Mary Kay Turner, three daughters, and eight grandchildren. Mary Kay Turner remembered her late husband fondly, stating, “His legacy speaks for itself. To me and our family, he was just our husband and our father and our grandfather and we will miss him terribly.”

The legacy of Jim Turner will continue to resonate within the world of football and beyond. His enduring contributions to the sport and his community are a testament to his life well-lived. The condolences of the football community go out to his family during this difficult time.


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