Kody Turner’s Parents Honored by Team, Community

Thursday, July 28th 2011, 5:49 pm
By: News On 6

Originally Published: Oct 2, 2010 1:48 AM CDT

Rusty Surette
Special Contributor to Oklahoma Sports

CHICKASHA, Oklahoma -- Kody Turner, the Chickasha football player who collapsed during practice and died days later, was honored by his community Friday night.

The Fighting Chicks were hosting their first home game since the loss of their teammate, facing the Capitol Hill Redskins.

His friends said what happened on Friday night was the best way to remember “Big Grease.”

Kody’s number, No. 74, could be found on friend Samantha Berten's shoes.

“He’s just that kind of kid that when you walk into the room, you light up because that’s Big Grease,” Berten said.

Kody was a junior at Chickasha high and played on the football team. He died during an afternoon practice. On Friday, his family was presented and honored with his jersey.

It was the first public appearance Kody's family has made since his untimely death, and another tribute to Kody followed the first play of the game. The team lined up without a left guard, kneeled and then presented Kody’s mother with the game ball.

It was a night to honor Kody, his family, and those who say No. 74 will always be first in their hearts.