Aug 4, 2013; Canton, OH, USA; Miami Dolphins helmet with the new logo at Fawcett Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ron Schwane-USA TODAY Sports

Former target of bullying trying to take Richie Incognito’s spot on Miami Dolphins


The bullying scandal in Miami was one of the bigger storylines in the NFL last season as Richie Incognito was at the center of repeated physical and emotional taunts toward former Dolphins tackle Jonathan Martin who was traded to the San Francisco 49ers in the offseason.

With Incognito not brought back to the team and likely having played his last down, one of the bigger bully’s is likely to be replaced by third-round pick Billy Martin who in an odd twist was bullied as a child growing up.

I was the one getting bullied all the time by my older brother when I was growing up,” Turner said recently, via Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald.  “When I started playing football, I played up with older guys.  I came in and played center right away, and everyone thought they were going to beat me up and bully me because I was younger.  They thought I was going to be soft.

“But I just got out there and unleashed my anger. The anger I had built up from getting mad and [peeved] at my older brother was what came out in my play.  That’s how I developed that strategy and that style of playing with a chip on my shoulder.”

That playing style helped Martin go from North Dakota State standout offensive tackle to a second day pick in the 2014 NFL Draft and could help him lockdown a starting spot at left guard which was vacated by Incognito.

“When I put the helmet on and I snap it up, it’s like a switch getting turned on,” Turner said.  “I’m [full throttle] every play. I’m not going to give up on anything. And from the moment that ‘h’ comes out on the ‘hut’ I’m going to be as aggressive as I possibly can with the play call, trying to beat that guy and trying to bruise him.”

That’s the type of on-the-field aggression that the Dolphins need for their rebuild offensive line that also includes first round pick Ju’Wuan James who will try to earn the starting right tackle spot left by Martin.

 

Tags: Miami Dolphins Richie Incognito

  • Tanny

    Hard to take this article seriously when you say Billy Turner’s name wrong the whole time, pretty obvious that all you cared about was talking about bullying instead of doing research on the player before writing the article. And getting his name right really isn’t that hard to research.

    • Pygskyn

      And now today they let us know in another article about the status of “Mike Hartline”… sheesh, seriously people? Just a touch of proofreading. Small spelling mistakes and grammar errors I can deal with just fine, but at least get the players names right!

      • Richard Hough

        I don’t think Don Philbin cares about the names……

  • Mary Claire Vaught

    Teenager became insensitive of someones feeling they just love to make fun of other even if they gets hurt anyone. Sometime they often used the technology to extend their fun they don,t even know that they become a bad example of the society through this can even say words witch is never OK to hear or read either. Technology was created to be useful to us and not to pull someone down. i have a device that could really a big help against this cyber bullying an app. that could really make our life different. http://bit.ly/1nctEuL.protection is on our hand now.

  • Monica Rigby

    The word bullying has become the most overused word we have. Bullied by your brother? I was in a meeting at my kids school the other day when a speaker asked the crowd, “Who here has ever been picked on, even once? If you have, then you are a victim of bullying.” Wow are we off track here.

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