Remembering Bulldog Turner: Unsung Monster of the Midway

Remembering Bulldog Turner: Unsung Monster of the Midway

by Michael Barr
     
 

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Clyde “Bulldog” Turner rose from the West Texas plains to become an early lynchpin of the Chicago Bears and the NFL and one of the greatest linemen of the pre-television era. Fame, however, did not stick to Bulldog Turner because the positions he played rarely made headlines. Bulldog played center and linebacker, while the recognition, glory, and money…  See more details below

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Clyde “Bulldog” Turner rose from the West Texas plains to become an early lynchpin of the Chicago Bears and the NFL and one of the greatest linemen of the pre-television era. Fame, however, did not stick to Bulldog Turner because the positions he played rarely made headlines. Bulldog played center and linebacker, while the recognition, glory, and money went to those who scored touchdowns. Like Pudge Heffelfinger, Fats Henry, Ox Emerson, George Trafton, Bruiser Kinard, Adolph Shultz, or Mel Hein, Bulldog Turner is a ghostly character from football’s leather helmet days.
          Still, no man played his positions better than Bulldog Turner. He was the ideal combination of size and speed, and every coach’s dream: a lineman who could block like a bulldozer, run like a halfback, and catch like a receiver.
          Despite his talents, Bulldog never made much money playing football, and what he did earn slipped through his fingers like sand. When he retired, his iconic nickname faded from memory. He died in relative obscurity on what remained of his Texas ranch. Remembering Bulldog Turner brings an NFL great into the limelight he never enjoyed as a football player.

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Turner at heart was a homebody. He may have played football in Chicago for years surrounded by skyscrapers, and where the modern trends came early, but Bulldog was a Texan and the wide open spaces and the dust and dirt always felt more like home than the asphalt and the noise.
—Lew Freedman, from the foreword

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780896728288
Publisher:
Texas Tech University Press
Publication date:
11/15/2013
Series:
Sport in the American West
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
228
File size:
8 MB

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Meet the Author

Michael Barr was a teacher and school principal in several towns in Texas. He has also taught at Austin Community College, Temple College, and Baylor University. Now retired, he lives near Gatesville and spends his time writing books and magazine articles.

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