Tiny Turner

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Tiny Turner
Personal information
Born:(1895-04-06)April 6, 1895
Columbus, Ohio
Died:October 19, 1965(1965-10-19) (aged 70)
Height:6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight:195 lb (88 kg)
Career information
College: Ohio State
Position: Guard
Career history
Career NFL statistics
Games played:2
Games started:2
Player stats at NFL.com  ·  PFR

Irwin McDowell "Tiny" Turner (April 6, 1895 – October 19, 1965) was an American football player. He played college football at Ohio State University in 1916. [1] He then played one game of professional football at center for the Canton Bulldogs in 1919. In 1920, with the formation of the American Professional Football Association, Turner played two games at guard for the Dayton Triangles. [2] [3]

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  1. "Tiny Turner". profootballarchives.com. Retrieved September 26, 2015.
  2. "Tiny Turner Football Statistics".
  3. "Box Score". The Dayton Herald. October 11, 1920. p. 16 via Newspapers.com.