Turner hoping to inspire generation next

first_imgSpeaking via video link to school children from Aboriginal communities in Walgett, Gilgandra and several other towns, Turner promoted the idea of healthy living – namely dental hygiene – through the short story ‘Gaarrala Kylegu’ or ‘Brush with Kyle’. The initiative – part of the Rugby League Reads program – involved a reading in the Gamilaraay language as well as a Q&A between Turner and the children that addressed issues such as healthy living, goal-setting and, of course, what it’s like to play with Johnathan Thurston and Greg Inglis. Speaking to NRL.com after the event, the proud Coonabarabran junior explained what it meant to interact with the Indigenous kids. “Heritage and culture are very special to me, especially coming from the country and being a proud Gamilaraay boy. To be a part of this and to be given the opportunity to influence the younger generation on how to be healthy is special to me,” Turner said. “I remember when I was younger – I think I would have been about 12 or 13 years old – I had David Peachey and Preston Campbell come to our school. “Other than being starstruck by having NRL players there, they really talked to us about being proud Indigenous people and what it means to represent the people. “Ever since that moment, I wanted to be a part of that. Being a part of this book, I feel like I am a part of that now and it means a lot to me.”Turner’s message to kids extended beyond the over-arching concept of personal hygiene, with the 24-year-old encouraging the students to pick up a footy and play rugby league. With rule changes set to revolutionise the way junior rugby league is played, there has never been a better time for kids to start playing the game. And as Turner revealed, it’s never too late to kick-start one’s career. Sometimes all it takes is a few words of wisdom from an NRL star or two. “My footy career all started from that moment. I wasn’t playing rugby league before those guys came to our school but their visit got me into it. If I’ve inspired some of these kids to play, then that’s what my job is to do,” he said. “I played with the Coonabarabran Unicorns. We didn’t have the most intimidating team name. At first I just wanted to play to be with my mates and then obviously it got more serious as I got older.”Our coach took it very seriously but we just loved being around each other. Obviously it got more competitive the older you got, but when we were still kids it was all about having fun.”I started off as a hooker and then transitioned to centre and eventually finished up in the back row. “The least amount of travel you had to do was about an hour-and-a-half away or roughly 100kms. We’d travel as far as Nyngan which was about three hours away. It was a lot of travel but I don’t regret it for a moment.”We all travelled to our games on the bus and it was all fun and games. Everyone just enjoyed their time together on those trips and that’s what footy’s all about.”last_img read more

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first_imgI’m low key some trash fam .. it’s all Good https://t.co/v3QaCLWv6w— Tony Jefferson (@_tonyjefferson) December 21, 2016What rubs Jefferson the wrong way is not that Landon Collins of the Giants made the NFC Pro Bowl team as strong safety ahead of him. After all, Collins has an impressive 108 tackles, 13 passes defensed, five interceptions and a fumble recovery to his name.It’s that each team only selects one strong safety at all. Arizona Cardinals safety Tony Jefferson feels snubbed by the Pro Bowl.He wasn’t among the three Cardinals selected for the game, but not only that — Jefferson isn’t even an alternate.David Johnson, Larry Fitzgerald and Patrick Peterson are all headed to Orlando to play in the 2017 game if they choose thanks to voting from fans, players and coaches. Meanwhile, defensive tackle Calais Campbell, corner Marcus Cooper, guard Mike Iupati, linebacker Chandler Jones and special teamer Justin Bethel were selected as alternates. Teammate Earl Watford came to Jefferson’s defense on Twitter Tuesday after the rosters were announced for the 2017 game, and Jefferson didn’t hide his feelings. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo How didn’t @_tonyjefferson make the probowl?!!— Earl Watford (@EWatts78) December 21, 2016 Comments   Share   Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Arizona Cardinals’ Tony Jefferson (22) defends a pass to Carolina Panthers’ Greg Olsen (88) in the first half of an NFL football game in Charlotte, N.C., Sunday, Oct. 30, 2016. (AP Photo/Bob Leverone) 😢😢 I really watched the NFL network show…😂😂😂 like something was gonna change— Tony Jefferson (@_tonyjefferson) December 21, 2016 S/O to my teammates tho! Congrats muchoo love— Tony Jefferson (@_tonyjefferson) December 21, 2016In the midst of a sea of linebackers that lead the NFL in total tackles, Jefferson is tied for the 25th-most with 96 through 14 games. That’s fifth among safeties of both the free and strong varieties.Additionally, Jefferson has two sacks on the year, five passes defensed, two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries in his best season yet, which also happens to be a contract year. Why is there only 1 Strong Safety on each team? #probowl 🤔 we are people too! HA— Tony Jefferson (@_tonyjefferson) December 21, 2016 Top Stories While the three Cardinals who made the Pro Bowl are warranted selections, Jefferson hasn’t been completely unnoticed, especially not in Arizona. Even NFL.com’s Gregg Rosenthal listed Jefferson as a sound Pro Bowl choice.While Rosenthal wasn’t listing the best or most obvious Pro Bowl picks, he did point out Jefferson’s strong year for a reason.The Cardinals have a ton of Pro Bowlers for a depressing five-win team. David Johnson, Larry Fitzgerald, Calais Campbell and Patrick Peterson come to mind first as near-locks. Jefferson also deserves a nod for a noisy season in which he’s always flying around the ball.Jefferson has legitimate complaints, but it seems he’s taking it all in stride. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more