As the football world grapples with the loss of a true icon, the reverberating echoes of final whistles signal the passing of Jim Turner, an NFL luminary whose unparalleled career graced the fields of both the New York Jets and the Denver Broncos.
With a heavy heart, fans and the sporting community bid farewell to a legend whose impact transcended mere touchdowns and field goals.
Condolences to the family and friends of former Jets K Jim Turner. Jim is the third leading scorer in franchise history.
Jim kicked 3 FGs in Super Bowl III accounting for a risk of 10 of the Jets 16 points. Here’s the 1st one to give the Jets a 10-0 lead in the 3rr qtr pic.twitter.com/82MgObrAFU
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— New York Jets History (@nyjetshistory) June 12, 2023
A Tribute to an NFL Legend
In the wake of the passing of NFL great Jim Turner, revered for his impactful presence with both the New York Jets and Denver Broncos, the football world mourns the loss of a true icon. Turner, born on March 28, 1941, departed this world on June 10, 2023, leaving behind a legacy that transcends mere statistics.
A Stellar Career and Immeasurable Impact
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Turner’s footprint in football history spans 16 illustrious seasons, beginning in 1964 and concluding in 1979. His prowess as a kicker etched him into the annals of the sport, notably with the Jets and Broncos, where his contributions became pivotal in shaping the destiny of these teams.
We’re deeply saddened by the passing of #BroncosROF K Jim Turner.
Retiring as the second-leading scorer in NFL history, Jim was instrumental in helping establish our winning tradition as a key member of our first Super Bowl team.
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Our hearts go out to the entire Turner family. pic.twitter.com/P3Sq9w5Wh4
— Denver Broncos (@Broncos) June 12, 2023
Jets’ Triumph at Super Bowl III
Notably, Turner’s stellar performance during the 1968 Super Bowl III against the Baltimore Colts remains an indelible memory. As an underdog, Turner’s instrumental role in securing victory through three field goals and an extra point solidified his place as a linchpin in the Jets’ historic triumph.
A Statistical Marvel and Ring of Honor Inductee
His career statistics underscore his exceptional abilities: 304 successful field goals out of 488 attempts, boasting a 62.3% conversion rate, and a remarkable 95.9% success rate with extra points. Upon retirement, Turner stood tall as the NFL’s second all-time leading scorer and held the distinction of being the Broncos’ top scorer.
Honors and Accolades
Turner’s contributions were duly recognized, earning him induction into the Broncos’ Ring of Honor in 1988. His significance as a pioneer among placekickers was further cemented by his inclusion in the Broncos’ prestigious Top 100 team in 2019.
A Journey Defined by Grit and Dedication
Turner’s football journey began at Utah State University, where his talent burgeoned, leading to a successful transition into professional football. His unwavering dedication to the sport saw him evolve from a three-time letterman quarterback to an NFL luminary.
Beyond the Gridiron
Beyond his exploits on the field, Turner’s legacy extends to mentoring and supporting youth post-retirement. His commitment to nurturing young talents and contributing to the community ensures that his impact transcends the boundaries of the game.
“Tank” kicked three field goals for the @nyjets in Super Bowl III including a 9-yarder, the shortest field goal in Super Bowl history. Jim Turner passed away Saturday from heart failure at the age of 82. #RIP pic.twitter.com/NiKfHfCtj0
— Bill Nelson (@Thelscwxman) June 12, 2023
Remembering a Football Titan
Jim Turner’s passing, attributed to heart failure at the age of 82, has left an irreplaceable void in the NFL fraternity. His enduring legacy as a beacon of sportsmanship, resilience, and unwavering dedication to the game shall continue to inspire generations to come.
As we bid farewell to this football maestro, let us cherish and honor the indelible mark he leaves on the sport and the countless lives he touched throughout his remarkable journey. Turner’s legacy remains etched in the very fabric of football history, a testament to the enduring spirit of the game and the lasting impact of its stalwarts.