Turner had an impact on some of the greatest BGA football and basketball teams in the modern era. In football, he was the 1995 Team co-captain and the defensive MVP of BGA’s 1995 state championship game. The 1995 team posted BGA’s best record ever with a perfect 15-0 season while also beating Goodpasture, the 1995 2A State Champions in the regular season. In his high school career, his football teams had a combined record of 50-4 as his 1992 team made a championship appearance as well. He played in the 1996 Tennessee vs. Kentucky All-Star game as RB and was named All-State, All-Midstate Defensive MVP, Region MVP, All-County LB, Nashville Civitan Club Sportsmanship Award Recipient, Wildcat Award (Team’s Best Defensive Player) Winner, and the Knoxville News Sentinel’s No. 16 Top College Football Prospect for Tennessee. In 2018, he was named to the Nashville Interscholastic League’s Football All Decade Team (1990s) for greater Nashville. He played on BGA’s 1993 (33-0) and 1994 (33-4) state championship basketball teams. He also played baseball and wrestled at BGA in his early years, and he received the Paul Guffee Award at graduation.
Turner went on to attend Vanderbilt University, where he played football and served as team captain in 1999. He was named to Vanderbilt’s Dean’s List and to the SEC All-Academic team in 1998 and 1999 while graduating in 3 years. He was selected to play in the 1999 Blue Gray All-Star Game. Turner graduated with a bachelor’s in human organizational development with a focus in leadership and signed as an undrafted free agent with the NFL’s Cleveland Browns in 2000.
He worked as a medical device sales representative for almost 20 years with Johnson & Johnson, Medtronic, Lifecell, and Tela Bio. Turner currently serves as a transcultural consultant and an executive coach. He is the author of WINNING Beyond The Scoreboard, As The U.N.D.E.R.D.O.g. – The Final Score Is What Counts! His second book, regarding how The South can heal its Civil War wound of white supremacy without canceling culture, will be released in 2022.
He is the son of the late Mr. Jessie Turner, Jr. and Mrs. Ida Turner. His brother, Jessie Turner III, graduated from BGA in 1992. Turner and his wife Yuberky have two daughters, Mia and Leia, and live in Franklin.
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