Former Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back / kick returner Vernon Turner, tells all in his new autobiography titled “The Next Level: A Game I Had To Play!” Turner, now 44 defining moment came, when he returned a punt 80 yards for a touchdown. Turner was the first Buc to return a punt for a touchdown in a regular season game when he took one to the house against the Detroit Lions in 1994. He also came within a shoelace and a prayer tackle of returning a kickoff for a score later, in that same season, against the Minnesota Vikings. He was originally acquired off waivers, after having spent time with the Detroit Lions, Buffalo Bills and Rams since entering the NFL in 1990 out of Carson Newman College. He played parts of two seasons with the Bucs before a short stint with the expansion Carolina Panthers. He later returned to Tampa in 1996 but did not make the team out of training camp.
His tell all autobiography, talks about his mother, Jackie, who was a drug addict and prostitute. It delves in to how he was conceived, through a gang rape on the top of a roof of an apartment building. He also goes into detail about his football career from pop-warner through the NFL. The book is broken up in to four quarters just like a football game. According to Jim Waggoner, of SILive.com “The memoir is a brutally honest and inspiring look back on the life of one of Staten Island’s greatest football heroes.” Waggoner adds that “Turner scores a touchdown in his first literary tryout.”
You can purchase a copy of Turner’s tell all autobiography through Vernon Turner’s website http://vernonturner.com