Former Mississippi State running back Nick Turner missing, presumed dead

31 Aug
August 31, 2010

Many college football fans, especially those in the Southeast, recognize the name Nick Turner, but can’t quite remember who the guy was. Here’s a refresher: Turner was a hotshot running back out of Booker T. Washington High in Atlanta back in 2002. He was named a Parade All-American and was wooed by all the major football powers.

However, grade concerns forced schools like Georgia to back off his recruitment. But Mississippi State stuck in there and signed him, and Turner actually ended up qualifying.

In a backfield that included future NFL player Jerious Norwood, Turner showed some flashes of brilliance early on during his time at MSU. But injuries and brushes with the law eventually derailed what had been a promising career. His troubles included an arrest for passing counterfeit money at a Starkville nightclub.

Once Sylvester Croom showed up to take the Mississippi State coaching reins, Turner’s days were done. Croom kicked him off the team in February of 2004 and Turner subsequently ended up finishing his career at Murray State.

His name popped up in the news again this week, but for all the wrong reasons:

Missing and presumed dead. Those are four of the most brutal words a mother can hear in regards to her son. In 2002, who would have thought it would come to this? Back then, I just took it for granted that by 2010, Turner would be fighting for a spot on some NFL team’s roster.

In addition to the shocking news, this aspect of the report also surprised me: Turner’s fall from football grace was so complete that the reporter doesn’t even reference his career. Not one word.

While a happy ending to this story would be wonderful, I don’t think that will come to pass. I hope Nick Turner’s family finds closure sooner rather than later.

** Thanks to MSU fan Carey Scott for bringing this one to my attention **

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  1. LADYWANTEDROBINSON says:

    I APOLOGIZE TO THE FAMILY FOR YOUR LOSS. I JUST LOST MY COUSIN TO SOME BS HERE IN TIPPAH COUNTY IN APRIL OF THIS YEAR. BUT FOR SOMEONE TO BE BOLD AND CALL HIS MOTHER FROM HIS CELL PHONE, WAS IGNORANT AND STUPID. IF THEY DID IT, THEN THEY NEED TO BE A MAN AND STEP UP TO THE PLATE. PEOPLE NOW DAYS DON’T REMEMBER THE ONE’S WHO WON THE GAMES FOR THEIR SCHOOL. THEIR ONLY INTERESTED IN WHAT PEOPLE HAVE TO OFFER THEM FOR FREE. I REMEMBER WHEN CROOM CAME IN AND HE WAS DONE WRONG AS WELL, BUT TWO WRONGS DONT’T MAKE A RIGHT. AS AMERICANS WE ALL NEED TO STICK TOGETHER AND WORK OUT THE TRUTH SO THAT THE FAMILY’S INVOLVED CAN FINALLY HAVE CLOSURE AND REST AT NIGHT. HAVE A BLESSED DAY. BUT FOR EVIL TO LURK ON THE MINDS AND PLAY GAMES,YOU NEED TO BE AN ADULT AND DO WHATS RIGHT AND BE SPECIFIC ABOUT INFORMATION THAT YO GIVE OUT TO PEOPLE. WHAT IF IT WAS SOMEBODY IN YOUR FAMILY THAT YOU CARED ABOUT, WHAT WOULD YOU DO TO FIND OUT THE TRUTH? HIDE IT OR INVESTIGATE YOURSELF?

  2. IamMSLegend says:

    Nick Turner was also arrested for murder in a drug deal in 2008, I guess he didn’t go to jail or got out early. Maybe it was connected to that.

    http://www.ajc.com/metro/content/metro/atlanta/stories/2008/03/07/turner_0308.html

  3. John Stansberry says:

    @ IamMSLegend – Good call on that one, I had completely forgotten Turner’s post-football troubles from a few years ago.

  4. Tangy says:

    This is his sister thanks for the comment…

  5. Latonya Jones says:

    Man Nick i hope you are found very soon its been two weeks to long plz if any one know any thing call apd or dc. tear tear

  6. Serenity Jones says:

    YOU PPL ARE THE MOST IGNORANT PPL I HAVE EVER HEARD SPEAK IN MY LIFE!!!!!! You’re right he was ARRESTED for MURDER TWO YEARS AGO!!!!!!! ARRESTED NOT CONVICTED!!!! HUGE DIFFERENCE!!! THERE ARE THOUSANDS OF PPL IN THIS WORLD WHO ARE INNOCENT & GET ARRESTED, even some tht are WRONGLY CONVICTED!!!! No matter what he was ARRESTED for in his PAST, HE DIDN’T DESERVE TO LOSE HIS DAMN LIFE & HAVE HIS BODY IMPROPERLY & CRUELY DISPOSED OF!!!! HE WAS A GREAT MAN, A LOVING SON, AND A FAITHFUL FATHER TO NOT 1 NOT 2 BUT 3 SMALL CHILDREN!!! YOU PPL REALLY NEED GOD IN YOUR LIFE!!! WHT IF IT WS YOUR FAMILY!!! R.I.PARADISE NICK WE LOVE AND ARE MISSING YOU VERY MUCH & I WILL ALWAYS HONOR YOUR NAME!!! LOVE, SERENITY

  7. Serenity Jones says:

    and to answer your IGNORANT ass ASSUMPTION!!!!! NO HIS MURDER HAD NOTHING TO DO WITH HIS ARREST TWO DAMN YEARS AGO!!! JERK!!

  8. Serenity Jones says:

    ALSO HE NEVER SERVED A SENTENCE, HE WAS ARRESTED AND RELEASED ON BOND JERK AS SOON AS THEY ARRESTED HIM!!

  9. John Stansberry says:

    @ Serenity Jones – Thanks for providing clarification regarding Nick’s arrest in 2008. If anyone is reading this who might know ANYTHING concerning what’s become of Nick, please do the right thing and come forward and tell the authorities. A family is hurting over this.

  10. Desmond "T.O." Ford says:

    Nick “QUICK” TURNER you told me personally that you you see me through you and i really didnt understand what that mean until you left my life i am going extra extravagent hard on the football felid for you. you told me that i need to stop smoking while im playing football ( chattanooga,tn howard high school #1 (4-0)2011 going to the state)i did.god sent you in my life to meet me throw my uncle then you became minds teaching me the way to go in dont make them same mistakes. each in everyday i miss you more in more it hurt because like god really is up there and he send you sighs to tell you to straighting up yo life. if some read this can you help me get in somebody college quick “told me that i can make it” in wats the sad ending of this story we both wear number he wore it in high school in im wearing it now one in high school and i swear to god he forgot to tell me that. real to real street guy tears love you uncle quick

  11. Will Rogers says:

    I think this is a terrible thing that no one will come forward to say where Nick is located so his family can finally be at peace. I played football with Quick Nick at Miss State before he was released and he was one of the best running backs I have ever seen. He also rode back home with me to ATL on several different occasions when we had the weekends off. I know Nick has a good heart and he will be missed.

  12. a close friend... says:

    All the comments about “qwick” are so devine.
    We all miss him so much. He was one of the good guy’s
    that got caught up in a bad tragic situation. It’s not fair
    to his family to assume that one tragedy is the result for
    his (alleged ) murder..Nick had a smile that stuck on you
    threw out the day. His swagger was most definitely threw the roof omg!
    He was a devoted father I didn’t personally meet the kid’s but
    The way he talked about them I just felt like I already knew em

    Just wanted to say a few words on my good friend Nicklaus “qwick ” Turner behalf!
    U are truly missed..
    Our prayers are with the family….we love u

  13. Sam W. says:

    As the mother of a young son who is having trouble staying focused on his blessings and talents and instead wants to run the streets, my heart goes out to Nick’s family, especially his mother. This is a mother’s worst nightmare, not knowing. I tried to imagine putting myself in your shoes and couldn’t, it is so scary. And it could happen to my son, too. Please stay strong, Nick would not want you to break down because of him, stay strong as you keep seeking answers. I pray that God will be with you and have his hand on you and that you find the answers that you need so you can have some peace.

  14. Brodie says:

    Dispite this guys football talents and liked personality, he was still responsible for the killing of my very dear Brodie. Who was also a father and a loving son. Due to his involvment in that december 17, 2oo7 incedent over a small amount of weed. he was arrested and then, due to the unfair justice system, let out on a eight thousand dollar bond. For murder. It was said that nick was to testify years later. But instead. I believe this guy faked his death. To escape the consequences of the Law. Who in turn. Let my familey down. Now his……. I’m just saying. If the law would have been fair from the beginning. Atleast his familey would be able to visit him in jail. Now he’s cowardley running….. my dear Brodie is still gone and his case is probably closed. My heart and prayers go out to knicks fam. As well as Brodies.

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