Jim Turner, legendary NFL kicker who won Super Bowl with Jets, dead at 82


Jim Turner, a star kicker who made two Pro Bowls and helped the New York Jets win Super Bowl III in a historic upset over the Baltimore Colts, has died, the Denver Broncos announced Monday. He was 82.

Turner played for the Jets from 1964 to 1970 and then with the Broncos from 1971 to 1979. He retired as the NFL’s second-leading scorer and earned American Football League Player of the Year votes in 1969.

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Brian Hanlon’s busts of former Denver Broncos players Craig Morton, Haven Moses and Jim Turner sits in ‘Ring of Fame Plaza’ outside Sports Authority Field at Mile High, home of the Denver Broncos football team in Denver, Colorado on September 12, 2017. (Raymond Boyd/Getty Images)

He was a part of the Broncos team that made the playoffs three times from 1977 to 1979 and a Super Bowl XII appearance in the 1977 season.

“We are deeply saddened by the passing of Denver Broncos Ring of Fame kicker Jim Turner,” the Broncos said in a statement. “Retiring as the second-leading scorer in NFL history, Jim was instrumental in helping establish the Broncos’ winning tradition in the 1970s as a key member of our first Super Bowl team. 

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Jim Turner looks on

Denver Broncos’ Jim Turner, left, and quarterback Craig Morton relax near game’s Craig Morton who has been starting for the Broncos, sat out with an injury. (Denver Post via Getty Images)

“While his competitive spirit and reliability defined him as a player, Jim’s dedicated mentorship and support of youth following his career will leave a lasting legacy within our community.

“Our hearts go out to Jim’s wife, Mary Kay; daughters Lisa, Chris and Alison; and the entire Turner family.”

Turner was inducted into the Broncos Ring of Fame in 1988 — the first kicker in franchise history to receive the honor.

Jim Turner gets handed a Super Bowl trophy

Former New York Jets Kicker Jim Turner (11) holds up the Vince Lombardi Trophy during halftime honoring the Super Bowl III Champion New York Jets during the National Football League Game between the New York Jets and the Indianapolis Colts on October 14, 2018 at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ. (Rich Graessle/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

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He appeared in 228 games during his career, making 304 field goals and 521 extra points.



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