Watch Dabo Swinney’s Emotional Message at Kevin Turner’s Funeral [VIDEO]
Former Alabama fullback Kevin Turner was laid to rest on Easter Sunday in his hometown of Prattville, Alabama. Hundreds of people attended the funeral service, including Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney.
A former teammate of Turner's at Alabama, Swinney spoke about his longtime friend and shared stories of their close relationship. The Montgomery Advertiser shared this video from the service, which shows how much these two men meant to each other. Swinney shared a text message exchange after he offered to mentor Turner's son, Nolan.
"Most likely I won't see Nolan graduate and there's nothing that you could have told me that would make me happier than telling me a man of your character and integrity would be there for my son after I'm gone ... I'm not scared of dying, but not being there for my kids terrifies me," Turner told Swinney.
Clemson offered the Vestavia Hills standout a scholarship offer, which he signed in February. Nolan Turner will be a part of Swinney's program beginning later this year.
“I wouldn’t be going to Clemson if they hadn’t offered, but when they offered it was set in stone,” Nolan told the Montgomery Advertiser earlier this year. “Coach Swinney is a really good guy, a family man who cares about the players and their future more than just football."
Kevin Turner passed away on March 24 at the age of 46 after a long battle with ALS.