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Remembering Bulldog Turner
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Remembering Bulldog Turner

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Sports history
6 x 9, 240 pages; index
25 B&W photographs
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One of the greatest unsung leather-helmet NFL players

Remembering Bulldog Turner

Unsung Monster of the Midway

Michael Barr

Foreword by Lew Freedman

Clyde “Bulldog” Turner rose from the West Texas plains to become an early lynchpin of the Chicago Bears and the NFL and one of the greatest linemen of the pre-television era. Fame, however, did not stick to Bulldog Turner because the positions he played rarely made headlines. Bulldog played center and linebacker, while the recognition, glory, and money went to those who scored touchdowns. Like Pudge Heffelfinger, Fats Henry, Ox Emerson, George Trafton, Bruiser Kinard, Adolph Shultz, or Mel Hein, Bulldog Turner is a ghostly character from football’s leather helmet days.

Still, no man played his positions better than Bulldog Turner. He was the ideal combination of size and speed, and every coach’s dream: a lineman who could block like a bulldozer, run like a halfback, and catch like a receiver.

Despite his talents, Bulldog never made much money playing football, and what he did earn slipped through his fingers like sand. When he retired, his iconic nickname faded from memory. He died in relative obscurity on what remained of his Texas ranch. Remembering Bulldog Turner brings an NFL great into the limelight he never enjoyed as a football player.


Bulldog was my closest friend during my pro football years, both on and off the field. He was a great guy, an outstanding player, and the smartest coach on the field during the games. He ran the defensive plays, knowing what to do even before the coaches did.

--Ed Sprinkle, former teammate, Chicago Bears

Turner at heart was a homebody. He may have played football in Chicago for years surrounded by skyscrapers, and where the modern trends came early, but Bulldog was a Texan and the wide open spaces and the dust and dirt always felt more like home than the asphalt and the noise.

Lew Freedman, from the foreword


Michael Barr was a teacher and school principal in several towns in Texas. He has also taught at Austin Community College, Temple College, and Baylor University. Now retired, he lives near Gatesville and spends his time writing books and magazine articles.


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