Carolina Panthers guard and New Orleans native Trai Turner is in Orlando for the Pro Bowl game this weekend. 2018 marks the third straight Pro Bowl selection for Trai Turner, a 2011 St. Augustine High School graduate and former LSU Tiger.
Turner, has had a decorated football career. As an NFL rookie, he quickly distinguished himself becoming one of the anchors on the Panthers’ line. That same year he was named to the Sports Illustrated All-Rookie Team. Since then, Turner has been named to three pro bowls (2015, 2016, 2017) with a Super Bowl appearance in 2016.
The Pro Bowl, a yearly tradition and all-star game for the NFL, the league selects only the best of the best for the game providing fans an opportunity to see top players in action on the same field.
Turner’s Louisiana roots run deep. As an LSU Tiger from 2011 to 2013, turner red-shirted his freshman year. He went on to start 20 games for the Tigers recording 64 pancake blocks. Following his sophomore year in 2014, he was drafted in the third round, 92nd overall to the Carolina Panthers.
Under the guidance of St. Aug football coach David Johnson, as a senior, he was ranked as a 4-star prospect, according to 247Sports, and signed with SEC powerhouse LSU. In high school, he played offensive tackle but was projected to switch to offensive guard in college. During his senior year, he helped the Purple Knights average more than 300 yards rushing a game. Turner was selected for a number of honors including the 2010 Darren Sharper Lake Pontchartrain All-Star Football Classic, the 2011 PrepStar All-American team, and the Times-Picayune’s Blue Chip list.
Catch Turner in the Pro Bowl on Sunday, January 28, 2018, at 3 p.m. ET from Camping World Stadium in Orlando, Florida. The game will be televised on ESPN and ESPN Deportes, and simulcast on ABC, or you can stream the game live at http://www.espn.com/watch/
Congratulations to Trai Turner ’11!
Story by student reporter: Kyle Jackson