O.K. the Pre-Season that we’ve been talking about over the last few weeks has come to an end and we have to cut the squad from 72 to 53. Who’s job is that?
This is the job of the “TURK”. I haven’t heard that TERM or SAYING used much lately but in the ’80s the TURK was the guy that made the call to you, to come see the coach…and “by the way” bring your playbook (bad news).
Every team has a TURK. He’s the guy that calls you on the phone to come meet him with your playbook on the way to see the head coach who has to relay the bad news that, like Donald Trumps says, “you’re fired.”
It’s a bad day — think about it. Your dreams are crushed in a phone call. You made it through training camp to the last and final cut and the phone rings. Kind of reminds you of a horror show…stay away from the phone.
Funny story. I was talking to a buddy this morning who played 12 years for the Pittsburgh Steelers, Gary Dunn, about final cuts. He said they even had the “SON OF TURK.” Their TURK’s son would accompany his dad and take the playbook from their players on the way to the coaches meeting so they labeled him the “SON OF TURK.” I had to laugh.
Gary said they used to walk by the TURK and SON OF TURK and make the sign of the cross and say,”stay back, stay away!!!!”
TIP: Never make eye contact with the TURK, it could cost you. )
The sad thing about the story is it’s the end of many years of hopes and dreams for a lot of guys. Some will be back next year for another try and some will get a shot with other teams and some will even get called back later in the year if there are injuries on the Broncos.
But it’s a tough day regardless. I feel for the guys.