I’ve grown up watching sports and what’s now called sports entertainment, or as it was known back in the day pro wrestling, one thing that stands out in both fields is when you come across a larger than life personality and they draw you in, either turning you into a fan or reminding you why you already were one. (bleacherreport) Football was the chosen sport for me, it’s something I’ve loved for so many years, so much so that I decided to get onto the field in high school having never played a down of anything but backyard football a day in my life. (sportsillustrated) I always envisioned myself a defensive end back in the day, looking up to Reggie White as my inspiration at the position, I even seemed to have a knack both end and the defensive tackle spot, using my scoliosis as an advantage on the field. (yahoo) Unfortunately I was stuck as an offensive lineman, a position that most younger people look at and refuse to accept as an option, at that time there weren’t many “larger than life” characters playing Tackle, Guard, or Center. (yahoo) Things changed in 1998 when the New Orleans Saints drafted Kyle Turley, the Tackle out of San Diego State became one of the most distinctive characters in the history of the NFL. (sportsillustrated)
Possibly the most infamous moment in his career came during a Sunday Night Football game on ESPN against the New York Jets, the “helmet toss game” as it’s been called. (canalstreetchronicles) Jets Safety Damien Robinson grabbed Saints Quarterback Aaron Brooks by the facemask and twisted his head around after the play, a move that could have easily injured Brooks, especially with his lower body held in position by the mass of players around him. (nola) Turley, after seeing this incident, came to the aid of his Quarterback, he grabbed Robinson by the helmet, slammed him to the ground and ripped off his helmet as payback for what Robinson attempted to do to his teammate. (youtube) In this one moment, I became a fan of Kyle Turley for life, if he had come around earlier on I would have been proud to call myself an Offensive Lineman, instead of shunning the position so quickly. A few years back my cousin introduced me to the Kyle Turley Band, I had heard of celebrities trying their hand at music, usually with disastrous results, so I checked it out with a bit of hesitation. (cracked) Upon my first listen to Fortune and Pain, I was hooked, this was a celebrity that actually produced GOOD music. (youtube) Kyle Turley has found a way to tap into the old school “outlaw country” sound that’s been hard to find lately, a bit of a Waylon Jennings and Johnny Cash feel, with a voice that’s sounds a lot like that of Glenn Danzig, it’s a powerful combination and as a result it’s hard to stop listening to his work. If you’re in the mood for some solid, heartfelt, powerful music, you could do much worse than the Kyle Turley Band, especially as long as Justin Beiber is still walking the Earth.