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T. J. Turner
Defensive end
Personal information
Date of birth: (1963-05-16)May 16, 1963
Place of birth: Lufkin, Texas
Date of death: August 24, 2009(2009-08-24) (aged 46)
Place of death: Bryan, Texas
Height: 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) Weight: 256 lb (116 kg)
Career information
College: Houston
NFL Draft: 1986 / Round: 3 / Pick: 81
Debuted in 1986 for the Miami Dolphins
Last played in 1992 for the Miami Dolphins
Career history
Career highlights and awards
  • None
Career NFL statistics as of 1992
Games played     101
Games started     17
Sacks     16.0
Stats at NFL.com

Thomas James "T. J." Turner (May 16, 1963–August 24, 2009) was an American football defensive end in the National Football League for the Miami Dolphins. He played college football for the University of Houston. A 1981 Parade All-American, he was considered to be the top defensive end prospect in the nation coming out of high school. At Houston, he had 30 sacks, and compiled 19 sacks and 180 tackles in his last two seasons. His 52 tackles in 1982 were the most by a freshman in Houston history. As a Dolphin, he was given the nickname "Wrong-Way T.J." after taking a wrong turn onto the Florida Turnpike, blaming the mistake on the confusing Golden Glades Interchange. He drove 50 miles before attempting to turn around, at which point he flipped his truck and was cited for careless driving.[citation needed]

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