6 Sep 1992: Running back Vernon Turner of the Los Angeles Rams moves the ball during a game against the Buffalo Bills at Rich Stadium in Orchard Park, New York. The Bills won the game, 40-7. Mandatory Credit: Rick Stewart /AllsportGetty Image
This morning, Fan Interference had the pleasure of talking with former Buccaneers punt returner Vernon Turner who shared his journey to the NFL to become the first member of the Bucs to return a kick for a touchdown.
Vernon shared his story about being the oldest of 5 children who had to help raise his siblings, to the moment where he returned the punt against the Lions. Vernon who is now coaching in the Blue-Gray game talked about the heart break he still carries with him today, and how he uses his experiences in life today to appreciate everything that he has now.
On the field, Vernon talked about how he got his chance to make an NFL roster, and what he had to do to get that chance. With the new rules that exist in the league, Vernon said that a guy like him would not have made it in today’s NFL and as much as he understands making the game safer for everyone, it is hard for special teams players to make a difference in the game today.