Turner Gill - Montreal Concordes - 1983-85 - Nebraska
Turner Gill's CFL career was cut short by concussions. After 2 productive seasons with the Montreal Concordes the promising pivot stopped playing turned to baseball and then back to his alma matar Nebraska to pursue coaching opportunities.
With Montreal in 1984 the club finished 6-9-1 and made the playoffs. The Concordes lost in the East Semi-Final to Hamilton 17-11. In 1985, Montreal finished 8-8, A concussion that would end his playing career meant Gill could not participate in the clubs playoff game and after 2 productive seasons Gill's pro career in Montreal was over.
Gill was a collegiate star as Nebraska's starting signal caller from 1981 through 1983, Gill led the Huskers to a 28-2 mark, including a 20-0 league record, and three conference titles.
A three-time All-Big Eight pick and a second-team All-American as a senior, Gill was the key to the Huskers' high-octane offense in 1983, a season in which NU I-back Mike Rozier won the Heisman Trophy and Gill finished fourth in the voting for collegiate football's top award. The 1983 team finished 12-1 and second in the final polls. In his four-year career (1980-83), Gill completed 231 of 428 passes for 3,317 yards, 34 touchdowns and a .540 completion percentage and rushed for 1,317 yards and 18 TDs. He is sixth on NU's all-time total offense chart with 4,634 yards.
A talented all-around athlete, Gill spent two seasons with the Canadian Football League's Montreal Concordes (1984-85)
In February 2005 Gill was named director of player development with the Green Bay Packers. The Packers have had their eyes on Gill for some time, largely due to his
relationship with Green Bay offensive coordinator Tom Rossley. Rossley and Gill first crossed paths when Gill quarterbacked the Canadian Football League's Montreal Concordes in the mid-1980s and Rossley was an offensive assistant there. When Rossley became the head coach at Southern Methodist in 1991, he hired Gill as wide receivers coach. Gill returned to Nebraska the next year, but stayed in touch with Rossley and was contacted on two occasions about assistant coaching opportunities on Sherman's staff. One was for a running backs coach and another was to coach the wide receivers. But Gill turned down both jobs to stay at Nebraska.
Gill was one of the most successful quarterbacks in Nebraska history, going 28-2 in his three seasons as a starter and leading the Cornhuskers to the national championship game in 1983, where they lost to Miami. Gill was a Heisman Trophy finalist in 1983, when he led an offense that averaged 546.7 yards and 52 points per game. But he lost out to teammate Mike Rozier for the Heisman that season.
Gill played two seasons with Montreal in the CFL and led the Concordes to back-to-back playoff appearances. He also played minor league baseball from 1986-'88 in the Cleveland and Detroit farm systems.
Gill returned to Nebraska as a graduate assistant in 1990, then served as the quarterbacks coach from 1992 to 2002 and had the title of assistant head coach added in 2003. Nebraska fired head coach Frank Solich after the 2003 season, and Gill was retained by Bill Callahan as receivers coach.
In his time at Nebraska, the Cornhuskers won three national championships and Gill worked with some of the better quarterbacks in school history. Gill tutored first-team All-American and Heisman runner-up Tommie Frazier, who led the Huskers to national titles in 1994 and '95. He also coached Eric Crouch, who won the Heisman and earned first-team All-America honors in 2001. In between, Gill worked with Scott Frost, who guided Nebraska to the 1997 national championship. Both Crouch and Frost later spent time with the Packers.
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