Broncos Team Historian Jim Saccomano looks back on the team's history with undrafted players and those who were drafted very low making the roster. He played in the first football game at Shea Stadium, an easy 30-6 Jets win over the Broncos in what was also the first game of his career, and Turner says that "the furthest thoughts from my mind that night were that I would kick for 16 years in pro football, and that I would ever be back out west playing for the Broncos.". But there were some scouts. Jim Saccomano catches up with Ring of Fame kicker Jim Turner. When the Denver Broncos acquired Jim Turner from the New York Jets in a 1971 offseason trade, the Broncos not only were gaining one of the key pieces to their first hint of playoff success but also one of the most illustrious kickers in pro football history. Broncos Team Historian Jim Saccomano picks out three former Broncos stars â in addition to Randy Gradishar â and two former coaches who should be considered for the Hall of Fame. As Tom Brady returns to Denver for perhaps the final time, Broncos Team Historian Jim Saccomano looks back on his first game at Mile High back in 2001. James Lee Turner (born June 15, 1959) was an American football defensive back who played five seasons in the National Football League with the Cincinnati Bengals and Atlanta Falcons. All other NFL-related trademarks are trademarks of the National Football League. The browser you are using is no longer supported on this site. "I honestly thought I would be raising my flowers in the garden and helping with the grandkids," says Turner, noting that Broncos owner Pat Bowlen was personally and financially supportive of Turner and his work with kids. K Info; Stats; Advertising. Jim Turner. Those were halcyon days for the Broncos and John Elway vs. New England, as Broncos Team Historian Jim Saccomano writes,. Jim Turner 'feels really good' about offensive line, admits the Bengals have looked at free agents. Preparation, work ethic, and a fierce competitive spirit met timing, and Turner entered pro football as it began its explosion into the American social fabric. On an October day in 1968, on his way to becoming "Broadway Joe," world champion and the toast of New York City, Joe Namath fell victim to a defensive attack by Denver. The Cincinnati Bengals are hiring former Miami Dolphins offensive line coach Jim Turner as new coach Zac Taylor's assistant. Indeed, he did it well enough that Turner became the face of "Play it Smart" and was written up in numerous publications, including Sports Illustrated, which focused on the dramatic success of the program. Broncos Team Historian Jim Saccomano speaks with former Broncos punter Billy Van Heusen about directional punting and Sam Martin. During his senior year, the Aggies played in a New York bowl game at the legendary Polo Grounds. "Coming from a small high school like I did, to retiring as the second leading scorer in the history of the game, it's all amazing to me still," Turner says. He was drafted by the Cincinnati Bengals in the third round of the 1983 NFL Draft. The latter is what led him to a career in pro football. He joined Denver after having played seven seasons for the Jets (1964-70), helping lead the club to a victory in Super Bowl III against Baltimore in one of the greatest playoff upsets in history. I absolutely loved working with young, mostly minority, high-risk kids. James Lee Turner (born June 15, 1959) was an American football defensive back who played five seasons in the National Football League with the Cincinnati Bengals and Atlanta Falcons.He was drafted by the Cincinnati Bengals in the third round of the 1983 NFL Draft.He played college football at the University of California, Los Angeles and attended Sherman High School in Sherman, Texas. He was a three-time letterman as a quarterback at Utah State, and he was as old school as they come. Broncos Team Historian Jim Saccomano looks back on the great battles between head coaches Bill Belichick and Mike Shanahan. Copyright © 2019 Denver Broncos. "We helped dozens of kids go to college who might not otherwise have had the opportunity, and I really loved working with those young kids," Turner says. One year later he was a rookie with the Jets and began a great career that started under the lights of Broadway and culminated in the beauty of the Rocky Mountains. It is highly recommended that you use the latest versions of a supported browser in order to receive an optimal viewing experience. "It tickled me to be put under the gun," Turner says. "New York is hard to play in. In 1977, Turner helped Denver post a 12-2 regular-season record to earn the franchise's first-ever playoff berth en route to advancing to Super Bowl XII against Dallas. "The program that I was involved in was called 'Play it Smart.' Denver going to the Super Bowl was as big a surprise to the football world as the Jets had been in winning it, and Turner had a big hand â and foot â in both. Turner takes obvious pride and gratification in the program. NFL and the NFL shield design are registered trademarks of the National Football League.The team names, logos and uniform designs are registered trademarks of the teams indicated. Offensive line coach Jim Turner is returning to the NFL with the Bengals, his first coaching job in the league since he was fired in 2014 as a result of the Dolphins' bullying scandal. Pro football continues to evolve and develop, but a "first" can only happen once, and Jim Turner had a pivotal role in the first Super Bowl appearances of both the Denver Broncos and the New York Jets. Broncos Team Historian looks back on the great history of quarterbacks in the rivalry between the Broncos and Chiefs. The browser you are using is no longer supported on this site. "The kids remind me of myself growing up in a small town called Crockett, California. All Rights Reserved. Broncos Team Historian Jim Saccomano looks back on the team's early training camps and the unorthodox methods that were used at the time. Jim Turner football cards: 1966 Topps #103, 1969 Glendale Stamps #228, 1969 Topps #29A, 1969 Topps #29B, 1969 Topps 4-in-1 #38, 1969 Topps Mini-Card Albums #24, 1970 Topps #104, 1971 Topps #136, 1972 Sunoco Stamps #180, 1972 Topps #226, 1972 Topps #344, 1973 Topps #334, 1974 Topps #406, 1975 Topps #158, 1976 Topps #421, 1977 Topps #358, 1978 Topps #12 When Jim Turner was at Utah State, his coach had a simple rule. Turner was a key part of Broncos teams that earned a total of three playoff appearances from 1977-79 and division titles in 1977 and 1978. So, not only did he play quarterback, Turner also played safety and was the team's kicker. Broncos Team Historian Jim Saccomano looks back on the Broncos' first-ever game in Denver. "It was the dreaded Gotham Bowl," Turner recalls, "and until the recently created Pinstripe Bowl, it was the only postseason bowl game ever played in New York City. "Everything is student-athlete, student first," Turner says. Skip to main content. At the time of his retirement Turner ranked second in NFL career scoring as well as second in field goals, and he was just the fourth player ever to reach the 500-point mark. Jim Turner Stats Summary | NFL.com. He played college football at the University of California, Los Angeles and attended Sherman High School in Sherman, Texas. , https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Jimmy_Turner_(American_football)&oldid=758926096, NFL player missing current team parameter, Infobox NFL biography articles with old NFL.com URL, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, This page was last edited on 8 January 2017, at 08:16. © 2020 NFL Enterprises LLC. It was a tough town, and tough times, and anything I could do to tutor and mentor those kids, I tried to do.". The following browsers are supported: Chrome, Edge (v80 and later), Firefox and Safari. James Rapien. "It always has, and that's the only thing I miss.". "I think kicking in Shea Stadium prior to becoming a Denver Bronco would harden anybody," Turner says. The winds at Shea were brutal, and coming from a town of only 1,800 to growing up with the Jets and in New York, I was ready when I came to Denver.". NFL footage © NFL Productions LLC. He has been honored by the Colorado Chapter of the National Football Foundation by the creation of an annual award in his name for his work with youth. Search. Jim and his wife Mary Kay still live in the Denver area, and these days Turner is mostly retired to the grandkids and gardening, but he has always stayed physically active and remains a part of alumni activities through his membership in the Ring of Fame. But in addition to settling into a life of retirement and devotion to grandchildren, he became involved in a program put together with the support of the National Football Foundation, which is the amateur association of high school and college football.