Former Ram/Chief Tries a New Profession
COLUMBIA -- You need a special passion to play in the NFL, but one former NFL player put down the pads to pick up a new passion.
After 107 games, seven years, three teams, and one All-Pro selection in the NFL, fans still remember Kyle Turley for one thing above all else.
"Who wasn't my age? You know, I mean you got these guys who come in here and especially with the deal where he threw his helmet. That's what I think mostly he's known for. But being a football fan myself, to have a football star in my own bar is something else," Whiskey Wild's Chad Martin said.
But football alone is far from the full story of Kyle Turley. When he took off his own helmet, he picked up a pick.
Turley now spends his days playing country music, but the pigskin still plays a part in his new passion.
"Football and music is one in the same as far as the fans are concerned. When fans come to a show they get it because it's real and they see that it's me," Turley said. "From what they knew about me as a football player, to get to know me personally on this level has been a good experience for the fans and a good experience for me at the same time."
Turley played the last three years of his career with the Rams and Chiefs but his family roots in the Show-Me state go a little deeper.
"My great, great grandfather, Theodore Turley, was tarred and feathered twice by the Missourians. He went on to survive and we're from that lineage and from that lineage gives you a little example of toughness you pretty much have to be a part of," JohnTurley, Kyle's dad, said.
That might explain why Turley's tune has been anything but the same old song.
Kyle's dad said he's only seen him play live about three or four times so it was very special to see him in person this weekend.