NFL Football, Wide Receiver
February 3, 2021
At 6-4, with blazing speed Daryl “D.T.” Turner is one of the very best athletes to ever compete in the Flint area. Whether it was on the track, on the basketball court, or at Atwood Stadium playing football, Turner was virtually unstoppable. Despite his diversity of talents, it was really on the gridiron where he was particularly special. That rare combination of great size and blazing speed so treasured in the game, were natural gifts for him - and a tremendous competitive advantage.
A south side product of Stewart Elementary, he was also a Whittier Brave in junior high, and finished Junior High at Mckinley, then moved on to become a Flint Southwestern Colt for high school. Ultimately, he was named All City three times, All Saginaw Valley twice , All State first team twice, and named to the All American team his senior year. His athletic credentials were impeccable.
So gifted that when he was recruited to the University of Pittsburgh his host was strategically selected. A hot shot young quarterback named Dan Marino met Daryl to tour the campus. It’s easy to envision college footballs record book being filled with Marino-to-Turner epic achievements. Alas, it was not to be.
Pitt offered, Turner intended to accept, but wavered, specifically because he was presented with a rather “unique” offer by his high school Principal…and magically Michigan State became his school of choice. The dream match up of Marino-to-D.T. never happened as a result.
That didn’t stop Turner from posting a stellar career as a Spartan. It also didn’t stop him from being drafted by the Seattle Seahawks in the NFL. In a shortened career he was a standout star with 36 Touchdowns in 59 games—a franchise record that lasted for a decade after D.T. played his final game.
His career was soaring. He was mentioned in the same breath with Art Monk and Jerry Rice. The football world was his to take.
Then it all came apart.
But those stories are best left to Turner himself to properly tell, and tell them well he does, joining Fish in this fast moving episode of “Fish and The Flint Chronicles.”