Clyde "Bulldog" Turner was as a premier center and linebacker for the Chicago Bears for 13 seasons.
Clyde Douglas (Bulldog) Turner (March 10, 1919 - October 30, 1998) was a professional football player for the Chicago Bears. Turner, coming out of Hardin-Simmons University, was the Bears first round draft pick in the 1940 draft. But, at first at least, Turner didn't want to be on the Bears. It turned out that the Detroit Lions' owner paid him $200 to 'get his teeth fixed' and turn down other teams proposals. The Detroit Lions were fined $5000 for tampering, and the Chicago Bears got a great two-way player. Clyde 'Bulldog' Turner was big for his day (6-2, 235); however, he was smart and very fast. A six time all-pro center, and a steady linebacker, Turner intercepted 4 passes in 5 NFL title games. In 1942, he led the league in interceptions (8). He said that he studied all 11 assignments for all plays, which came in handy when some players were ejected for fighting one game in '43.
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