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Billy Turner | Average To Savage EP68

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This is the sixty-eighth episode of the Average to Savage podcast featuring Green Bay Packers Billy Turner. Paul Guarino talked with Billy Turner discussing his time at North Dakota State, his experience in the NFL, and his new begining with the Green Bay Packers. Follow Billy Turner https://www.instagram.com/Billy_Turner77

This is the average to savage podcast with Paul Greno, everyone in anyone, athletes sets and much more except everybody. On back for another episode of average savage podcast or special guests. Today is Green Bay packers old Lineman, Billy turn. Billy, what's up, how's it going? I'm doing well. Appreciate you coming on problem. Thanks for having me. Surev Sir got going back growing up in Minnesota, how did you get involved in football? To be honest, I was always wanted to be like my dad. My Dad played football. He played about five years in the NFL and, you know, he was my role model growing up. My brothers are my role models, so I wanted to, you know, I wanted to emulate them and do whatever they were doing with that was football, basketball, baseball, literally anything. It was always, you know, trying to be like, you know, my role models. That's kind of how I got into football. Definitely, it was your Dada. Oh, I'm into my dad was a running back. How I got to be six six, three hundred pounds. My Dad's like five hundred eleven, two husand and five, but I got the jeans, I guess. For sure. For sure, and going back to like high school. What was your recruiting process coming out of high school and what made you ultimately decide to pick north North Dakota state? Honestly, I was not. I wasn't highly recruited at all. I was. I was recruited by a lot of small schools in the area, a lot of the division one double a schools like Ndsu, South Dakota State, northern I wall, all those smaller schools that were at the Missouri Valley Conference at the time. But that was it. You know, the University of Minnesota recruited me a little bit, but they never really pulled the trigger and ultimately I...

...ended up committing to North Dakota state and I ended up playing the University of Minnesota, who, you know, I grew up about ten fifteen minutes away from their campus, and we ended up beating the shit out of them. So obviously felt good. But yeah, I wasn't very highly recruited and whatnot. But at the end of the day, you know, everything worked out the way it was supposed to for me and you know, I was able to achieve a lot of goals and make it to the NFL like I had planned. For sure, for sure now, like overall. I know you had a great career at North Dakota State. You guys want you guys went on and three pet and you started I don't even know what to call I like it Super Dynasty for them, where they have eight now. Yeah, seven or eight, I believe. Yeah. So, so what was it like? Just just threep and winning it pretty much every year after your freshman year. It was cool, man, it was. It was expected, though. You know, the big thing that was talked about when I was, you know, committed up there and when I got to school of there was spison pride and basically the history and the respect that everyone had for the football team back of the day. And they didn't have a great year the year that I, you know, committed the year prior to that, but you know, it was all about success and the guys that they brought in, the guys that were in my class, the class above me and even the class behind me. Everyone was committed to the same goals. So you know that first year I was up there and I started playing, we ended up going to the playoffs and we ended up losing to eastern Washington on a flu gass call. But you know, a see losing, losing to them and seeing them go on and I think they either want they want to Delaware when I don't remember, but seeing them gone to that championship game and to see how close we were and how capable we work, you know, the play at that high level. It was almost just like adding fuel to the fire. So, you know, those next couple of years, I think we only lost like two or three games and, like you said, and...

...we repeat it three times in a row, and it was it was more so, you know, everyone on the team being on board and having the same goal and literally due never was, you know, necessary and whatever we had to do to achieve that goal. After and what do you think was time where you thought like you could make the NFL? Honestly, I always had dreams of going to the NFL, you know, because my father did and you know, my brother had a couple opportunities, but it was it really wasn't until my junior year where I actually was like, Oh, I might actually have a legitimate chance of, you know, getting drafted, hopefully, but you know, getting a couple shots to play in the NFL. You're right, I had got some attention, you know, playing as a true freshman and as a sophomore and whatnot, but there was nothing that was, you know, really that certain until my teamer year, to be honest, the end of my junior year, and that's kind of when everything started going in the right direction and started taking off for me. But you know, like I said, it wasn't really until those later years of my career there where I was actually, you know, kind of certain and understanding and do that I was going to get opportunities. Yeah, definitely. I mean you were named all American junior and senior, so was one of one of those when you got like American junior year? Was that one you thought too, like you could see any definitely, it's nonetheless, but it helped in and, you know, it kept the thought alive in my head. But at the same time I understood that I was at a small school, and not to say that small school guys don't make it by any means, because they definitely do. But you know, there's a lot more small school guys that are popping up in the NFL now than there were five or six years ago when I was coming out of college. You know. So, what that being said, I do there was just always a little bit of uncertainty. It didn't really matter what an age in or what a scout told you,...

...or your coaches or anything like that, because at the end of the day, you were still small school and guy and it didn't matter. Guys, you know, some teams thought they could give me in free agency, some teams, you know, the thought they were going to take me and you know, the first three rounds of mid round, it didn't really matter. And just being a small school guy, I was almost like you were expendable to a certain extent. Yeah, definitely, definitely. Can you going to draft a what were your expectations like? Where did you think you're going to get drafted? Honestly, I wanted to get drafted as how as possible, as everyone does, but I didn't know if I was going to get drafted in the second round. I didn't know if I was gonna get drafted in the third, fourth, fist six or be UN drafted. I was not I wasn't very certain. Obviously I had good feedback, but you know, I knew that I was coming from a small school and that people were going to kind of view me as expendable to a certain stints. I wasn't really sure. Yeah, it's crazy because I talked to interview a lot of people and they in a lot of them always say like they just weren't sure where they're going to get drive like nfl draft is just crazy. Yeah, you never you never really know. I mean I think with the exception of, you know, the top five, top ten picks, they know they're going to go in the first round for the most part, you know, but with exception of those few guys, I think it's and it's really just a toss up there for sure. And where the dolphins on your radar? Like, did you think they were one of the teams that could potentially drafted? I mean, I went down there for a visit, I believe, so they were definitely, you know, on the radar. But I mean, so we're a lot of other teams, you know. So, like I said, you could never really be too sure. I took a lot of pre draft visits and whatnot and, like I said, it's just kind of one of those things where you just don't ever really know. Yeah, so what was it like getting drafted by the dolphins in third round and you...

...were sixty seven pick. Overall, it was cool man, it was obviously a dream come true and it was a you know, I was a part of a good team. We record wise, we weren't good, but there was a tecm bought in a couple of guys that I meant that I'll probably be friends for the rest of my life and whatnot. So, you know, it was a good experience. Definitely had its ups and downs, but nonetheless it brought me to where I am today, so I'm definitely happy about it. The definitely definitely. What was it like your first NFL regular season game? Like stepping on the field? Cool, a lot of butterflies and whatnot, but you know, at the end of the day, once you get out there and you start playing, you quickly realize that it's still the game that you've been playing your entire life and you still got to go out there and perform. Definitely, definitely. And then going into two thousand and sixteen, the dolphins release you, then the the Ravens signed you, then released you three days later and then the broncos picked you up. So what the heck happened with all that? So that series of events was it was kind of sporadic, it was kind of random. I showed up two weeks prior to a game in Tincinnati, wasn't expecting to play. Then someone got hurt and, you know, said the night of the game that he wasn't going to be playing. So they came out to me and said look, you're going to have to play left guard and I'm like fuck, I haven't really played left guard pretty much ever, you know what I mean, but I fuck okay, whatever. So we went out there and we are playing the bangles and we were playing Gino Atkins. Obviously it was a dominant force and he got the best of me. I didn't have a great game. We ended up losing, you know, but threw it behind me. Wasn't a big deal. The next week leading up to that next game, I whoever was hurt wasn't or he was back in the lineup. It's going to be playing. You know. We get to a day before the game he...

...goes, Oh, I can't play. So then they're like, okay, you're gonna have to play left guard again. I'm like fuck. Okay. Then I get to the stadium and I walk in probably about two hours before the game, and my coach comes up to me and finds me and goes Yo, so and so slipped and fell in the shower. You have to start at left tackle and I'm like what? I'm like, Dude, I haven't play left tackle since I was in college. I haven't played tackle at all and the NFL. And I'm like, there's like three or four dudes on our line that of all played left tackle in the NFL. That are, you know, some one of them was a pro bowl or you know. And I was just like well, I just didn't understand what was going on. HMM. And nonetheless I was like, all right, man, shit whatever. So went out there played. We are playing the titans, I believe, and Brian Racpo, I was going up against him all game. I didn't know what the Hell I was doing and I ended up giving up a couple sacks. And they didn't they didn't give me any chip help. They didn't get they gave me no help. I was out there literally on the islands the whole game without any help, which is fine. It is what it is. That's my job, you know. But after the game, I think a day later, they ended up releasing me and then I ended up in Baltimore. They claim me and I got up there and then Lego, you're going to have to, you know, potentially shoot up for the game this week or down in numbers of well, I'm like all right, and then Shit, two days later, coach came up to me. I was like, Oh, we had some injuries on special teams. We're going to have to release you, but we want to keep you here because we're going to sign back on Monday, right after the game. And he's like where, you're still going to get paid for the week, Bah, blah, blah, and I'm like Shit, okay, will send me back home because I got to go pack up all my shit. I Went Back Down the Florida and I ended up getting claimed by the broncos. So...

I was cut or released twice and didn't five days and I was claimed twice in five days and ended up in Denver. went out there and, you know, had a successful two and a half years that I was out there, and then that led me to the opportunity where I'm at right now with the packers. Now, I think fans in general always forget like about traveling. So like for as a player, like, what was that whole experience? You're going back and forth all all around places, and you end up in Denver somehow. Yeah, I mean I it was dope for me because I ended up liking Denver. It was it was an opportunity for me to be in a new situation, to be in a new environment and to almost just have a fresh start and, you know, I basically threw everything in the past a way that had happened and I just kind of, you know, started going to work and started, you know, changing my game and crafting myself into being the player that I've always wanted to be and you know, ultimately, like I said, it ended up being successful for me. Yes, after the season, you were free agent. So what made you sign with the packers? And, you know, talking to them, it was just it was the right opportunity, was the right fit. It was a team that has obviously been successful, that have a hall of fame caliber quarterback and they've had so much success in the past. So you know, they definitely have the pedigree and they know exactly what you do to win. So it was obviously, you know, a no brainer for me. It was a good situation at the time and, you know, ultimately ended up going with the packers, clearly, but you know, it's been a good home for me and a good place those far. Yeah, what was it like? I forgot what even call what's the thing they called in the Green Bay and you guys are riding the bikes with the kids. It's not really cold anything, just like it's a tradition every training can't practice right outside the facility. Our practice stills across the practice Cilities, across the street. So...

...it basically just have a little pathway and a bunch of kids show up with their bikes and that's how you get over to practice. Yeah, so what was that like? That was fun. Yeah, it was cool, man. It was a it was a dope experience. Obviously, you know, stuff I had seen in the past and would not leading up because it's always something that's usually televised and they get images of it just because it is a cool tradition and is very unique. But you know, it was cool, man. It was cool to be a part of tradition and to be a part of a tradition with the team that has been notoriously so successful and so dominant in the past. Yeah, what are your goals for this season? I mean, obviously my main goal is to win a championship. You know, I've never even been to the playoffs. So yeah, that to goal. But you know, it doesn't even matter if you make it to the playoffs if you don't make it to the Super Bowl. So, first and foremost, that is my goal and whatever I can do to, you know, help this team get to that level is what I'm going to do. And that's not only my goal, that's everyone else in the locker rooms goal at the same time. Definitely, definitely. What advice would you get to young football player trying to get a d one scholarship or trying to make it to the NFL? Honestly, man, just trust yourself, trust your good if you think you're good enough to play, then it just continue to chase your goals, man, chase your dreams. Don't don't allow outside influences to tell you that you're not good enough, because I was told I wasn't good enough, you know, all the way basically up until this point where I signed with the packers. You know, it's been up and down rope for me, but ultimately, if you trust yourself and you put the work in that you know something good will come up. It definitely definitely ready for some fun questions are going to go from average to savage. What's your favorite Song Right now? My Favorite Song? Honestly, I have no idea. Listen. I will listen to any new music. Lady. I listen to a...

...lot of old music, a lot of reggae stuff, a lot of motown stuff, especially during camp, because it keeps me from the right mindset when you get those monotonous days. All right, what about what are you doing your free time when you're not playing football or training for football? I'm currently in the process of setting up a nonprofit with one of my buddies and I'm also in the process of setting up a clothing line. Okay, so that's primarily what I've been doing with my offtime this offseason and whatnot, and then obviously hanging out with my family, hang out with my friends, trying to travel a little bit, but I mean just having as much fun as I can. Man, trying to help other people out. Definitely don't yeah, I know you have a different, uh fashion sense, so how would you describe it? Obviously, I've been asked that question so many times before it and only answer I can give people is it's just me, man, it is obviously I like what I like it and I just have a different vision in other people when it comes to fashion, as most people do. But you know, I'm into the things that I'm into. I enjoy putting my own outfit together, whether it's, you know, for a game day or whether it's for anything. It's just kind of my own smile, swag and I like what I like and then just happens to be different than a lot of other people. And definitely last and last one, who's your top five favorite players of all time? Top five favorite players of all time? Well, first and foremost, I would say my dad and my brother, just because they're the ones that leave the way for me to get to this point and have, you know, helped me get to where I am now. He's so obviously both of them. Growing up, I was I was Ray Lewis Fan just because of the passion that he played with and the tenacity that he played with. He always had a lot of energy. Man, who else watching the watching the Vikings? You know, Chris Carter, Randy Moss...

...and those guys. When I was growing up, they were, you know, dominant and and when they had you know, Jante called pepper, a lot of those guys were people that I looked up to because I was out in the front yard, you know, trying to catch sideline passes with my neighbor, trying to be like Chris Carter, dragon the toes and, you know, trying to get him in bounds and whatnot. I don't know if I necessarily had a lot of favorite players, but you know, my favorite and growing up watching football was watching the Vikings and packers games, just because, being from Minnesota and how that rivalry is, it was definitely you know, everyone was always watching and it was usually a Sunday night or Monday night game and you know, you would go to school the next day and just listen to people just kind of bitch and Moan about the vikings losing. Usually here a Viking's winning or whatever. It's just always kind of a fun scenario and a fun thing to be a part of. You got to know a Lineman. I know, not to be honest note, because I didn't start playing offensive line until I was like I mean I played it a little bit and literally because I was bigger, but like my freshman year high school I was a tight end and the DN. So I didn't know I was going to be an offensive lineman until you know later in high school. That's crazy. Yeah, I appreciate you coming on and best of luck the season. Thanks, man, I appreciate it.

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