- Jim Turner (placekicker)
Infobox Pro Football player
DateOfBirth=Birth date and age|1941|3|28|mf=y
Honors=AFL All-Time 2nd Team
Denver Broncos Ring of Honor
New York Jets
NFL New York Jets
James Bayard "Jim" Turner (born
March 28, 1941in Martinez, California) is a former American footballplayer. A quarterbackand placekicker, he played college footballfor Utah State Universityand was signed as a free agentin 1964 by the American Football League's New York Jets head coach Weeb Ewbank. "Tank" kicked a then record 145 points in the 1968 regular season, with a professional football record 34 field goals. Turner kicked for nine points in the AFL Championship game win over the Oakland Raiders, and ten points in the Jets's 16-7 defeat of the Baltimore Colts in the Third World Championship of Professional Football, Super Bowl III.
The last of Turner's three field goals in
Super Bowl IIIwas for 9 yards, the shortest in Super Bowl history. At that time, the goal posts were located at the front of the end zones. They have since been moved to the back, so it's no longer possible to kick a field goal for this short a distance.
In the locker room after the game, on national television (NBC-TV), Turner shouted "Welcome to the AFL !"
AFL-NFL merger, Turner also played with the Denver Broncosfor another nine seasons and kicked four points in a losing effort in Super Bowl XIIagainst the Dallas Cowboys. He was inducted into the Denver BroncosRing of Fame in 1988.
Turner finished his career with 304 of 488 (62%) field goals and 521 of 534
extra points, giving him 1,439 total points.
* [http://www.nfl.com/players/jimturner/profile?id=TUR415288 NFL.com player page]
* [http://databasefootball.com/players/playerpage.htm?ilkid=TURNEJIM03 Turner's stats at databasefootball.com]
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