09/26/2014 12:03 PM
One of the longest-tenured players in the entire Arena Football League, Jerry Turner is on track for his third season in Jacksonville and ninth overall AFL campaign.
The 36-year-old Turner (6'3", 265) has started every single game in his two-year Shark career, racking up 7.5 sacks and 9.0 tackles for loss during the 2014 season. While applying consistent pressure from his defensive end spot, Turner also recovered three fumbles, forced another, knocked down three passes, blocked two kicks and recorded a safety in 2014.
In the 2013 season, Turner earned his first career All-Arena selection, as he was named to the second team following a stellar campaign. Turner led the Sharks with 14.5 tackles for loss and 12.0 sacks, smashing his previous personal bests in each category. In Week 2 of that season, Turner tied a franchise record with three sacks in a single game, and is now one of four players to match that total in team history. Turner also forced five fumbles, recovered four fumbles, blocked three kicks and recorded a pass breakup during the 2013 season.
Turner was a key contributor of the Sharks’ record-setting pass rush, helping Jacksonville establish a new all-time AFL mark with 45 sacks in a single season. Turner actually notched the record-breaking sack in the Sharks’ Week 18 victory over the New Orleans VooDoo.
Turner’s storied AFL career also includes tenures with the Georgia Force (2011-12), Spokane Shock (2010) and Kansas City Brigade (2007-08). He first broke into the League with the Las Vegas Gladiators in 2003.
In his eight seasons Turner has totaled 148.5 tackles (109 solo), 44.5 tackles for loss, 37.5 sacks, 15 forced fumbles, 18 fumble recoveries and 10 pass breakups. While he does not have a regular-season interception, he did return a pick for a touchdown in the 2013 American Conference Championship Game against the Philadelphia Soul. On that play, Turner tipped a pass into the air, gathered the interception and raced 23 yards for the score.
A native of Birmingham, Alabama, Turner spent his collegiate career at Tennessee Tech before breaking into the professional ranks.