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  • Walter Payton Man of the Year Nominee Kyle Turley

    Tuesday, October 5, 2004

    By Nick Wagoner
    Staff Writer

    Kyle Turley knows all about stereotypes. He has seen it from every angle and every position possible.

    Turley has been labeled because of his long hair and tattoos and his sometimes-reckless approach to football. He is what many people consider as the prototype of a gCalifornia Surfer Dude.h Look beyond that flimsy stereotype and you will see that what makes Turley tick is far more than any loud music or new ink could do.

    On the field, Turley is as mean as they come. He has to be. He plays offensive tackle, a position not exactly built for the faint of heart. His imposing frame and demeanor make him seem like some sort of caged beast and he iscon the field.

    Take Turley away from the game and he becomes something else, something unexpected. Turley is one of the gamefs good guys. Scratch that, Turley is one of the gamefs best guys.

    This season, Turley is on injured reserve because of a back injury. While the news was devastating to Turley and the Rams, there is a silver lining for people in St. Louis and other parts of the country.

    gI am just going to try to make positive use of the time,h Turley said. gI want to try to keep my face in the public eye so I can continue to spread all of the important messages.h

    Along with his wife Stacy, Turley goes above and beyond the call of duty to make a difference in the community. That relentless dedication, has earned Turley a nomination for the Walter Payton Man of the Year Award, given each year to the player who best balances his responsibilities in the community with those on the field.

    A truly unique athlete with vast interests beyond football, Turley doesnft shy away from the tough issues and has tackled the challenge of educating people on the value of diversity and acceptance through his work with the Diversity Awareness Partnership. When he speaks on the subject of diversity, he often offers himself as an example of perception versus reality and looking past stereotypes.

    gIfm not just a football player,h Turley said. gI want to help awareness and show these kids that there are so many things out there for them. They need to know that color, race, none of those things matter.h

    In addition to his extensive work with the Diversity Awareness Partnership, Turley, a musician who majored in art at San Diego State, has also devoted himself to the Arts and Education Council which raises funds to support the arts and arts education activities in the St. Louis metropolitan area.

    gThe arts have played a significant part in shaping the person I am today,h Turley said. gAnd by partnering with the Arts and Education Council, Stacy and I hope to bring a new level of awareness to the importance of all art forms ranging from music to visual arts.h

    Turley has also taken on some of the more traditional causes such as helping underprivileged youth, raising money for various charities and supporting the efforts of police and fire departments. Always unique, he often finds ways to raise money and awareness in nontraditional ways such as art shows, musical concerts, motorcycle rallies and garage sales.

    In addition to all of these community efforts, Turley recently started the Kyle Turley Foundation, which is founded upon three words of commitment that were taught to Kyle at a critical point in his life: dedication, determination and desire. With these words in mind, the foundation believes that through reaching out to children who are at a crossroads in their lives and teaching them positive, useful life skills, they will overcome their obstacles and follow the path to a bright future.

    gIfm a firm believer that if given the opportunity, kids will most likely surprise you with what they can accomplish,h Turley said.

    And the many who have been impacted by Kyle Turley are firm believers that the on the field player is much different from the off the field philanthropist. Just one more lesson in perception versus reality.

    Editorfs note: This is the first in a series of five Walter Payton Man of the Year Nominee features.

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    Re: Walter Payton Man of the Year Nominee Kyle Turley

    Who'da thunk? Good for him and the community!

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      Re: Walter Payton Man of the Year Nominee Kyle Turley

      How...unexpected. Way to go Mr. Turley.

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      • Nick
        Turley wants to play defense
        by Nick
        Offensive lineman asks Rams to switch him to defense
        By Brent Schrotenboer
        UNION-TRIBUNE STAFF WRITER

        April 2, 2005

        St. Louis Rams offensive tackle Kyle Turley is planning a switch to defensive end this year a position he hasn't played since high school as long he can pass a physical exam and resume working relations with a head coach he won't forgive.

        Turley, a former standout at San Diego State, wants to switch to defensive end to relieve pressure on his back, a subject of controversy and much physical stress for Turley since December. Turley suffered from a herniated disc in preseason training camp and missed the entire 2004 season.

        "I need to play a position where I have more freedom to move around and get out of problem situations," Turley said yesterday by phone. "My back was injured on pass plays (on offense)."

        Turley said Rams General Manager Charlie Armey and operations chief Jay Zygmunt have given him the "we'll see" answer to his switch request. A call to the Rams office seeking comment was not immediately returned last night.

        In the last three months, Turley's weight dipped to 235 for the first time since his freshman year at SDSU. After working out in Tempe, Ariz., he has it back up to 260 with a target of 275. He was once up to 309.

        As a result, he said, he's going to be faster than ever and is feeling great about extending his career. A bigger question might be how he'll be received by head coach Mike Martz if he does. In December, Turley got into a shouting match with Martz after Turley said Martz questioned the seriousness of Turley's injury. Turley allegedly threatened to kill Martz a charge Turley denies.

        "There's definitely hard feelings," Turley said. "As far as I'm concerned, I don't have to forgive anybody. The things he said to me, I don't plan on forgetting."

        Turley said that from now on his relationship with Martz wil be: "He stays away from me, and I stay away from him."

        According to Turley, Martz said that Turley came to St. Louis "to take the money and run." Turley, 29, signed a six-year, $26.5 million contract after joining the Rams in 2003.

        "How do you say that to a guy who hasn't missed a down or a practice in six years and faces a serious, career-ending injury?" Turley asked.

        Turley, a former first-round draft pick in 1998, also said he's ditched many diet supplements in his quest to regain his health and weight. Instead of multivitamins, for example, he's sticking to a strict diet and nutritional shakes. His body fat rate is down from 10 percent to 8 percent.

        Turley had surgery on his back in March 2004 but didn't want to have more surgery last fall that could have further jeopardized his career.
        -04-03-2005, 10:05 PM
      • Nick
        Rams to file suit against Turley?
        by Nick
        Rumor has it that the Rams don't believe Turley engaged in proper rehab procedures, and if he's unable to play in 2005, might file suit to reclaim some of his bonus money.
        -12-29-2004, 11:58 PM
      • Nick
        Perhaps threatening people is nothing new for Turley
        by Nick
        I found this on the PD, and the person who posted this found it in the archives of the Rampagers newsgroup I belong to. It's from ESPN the Magazine, and while I'm not entirely sure on the issue, I suspect it's from March 2002, as that's the only issue that comes up in a search of Kyle Turley at the magazine's website.



        Kind of interesting, given current events, wouldn't you say?...
        -12-30-2004, 12:12 AM
      • AvengerRam_old
        Can The Rams' Offense Function w/out Turley?
        by AvengerRam_old
        What would be the impact?
        Yes. They already have viable replacements on the roster.
        35.29%
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        Yes, but only if they modify the offense to account for his absence.
        11.76%
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        Somewhat. It would hurt the offense, but they would still be effective.
        47.06%
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        No. He is an essential part and there is nobody on the team who can replace him.
        5.88%
        1
        -08-04-2004, 12:06 PM
      • Shadesofgrey
        Turley down to 240..wants to return
        by Shadesofgrey
        Interesting http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/column...len&id=1947031
        -12-16-2004, 12:56 PM
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