Kyle Turley was a ten-year NFL veteran and a two time pro-bowler. He is now the headliner of his self titled “Kyle Turley Band.” He joined Chad on The Morning Sports Page Friday to talk about his former playing days and to fill us in on his interest in music.
Turley insists that he has had a love for music longer than he’s had a love for football. At age 14 he picked up his first guitar and after a few strums of the chords, he knew it was what he wanted to do.
He got involved in music in any way that he could - whether it be learning how to sing and play guitar, or learning how to manage a label – he learned the insides and outs because football would only be around for a little while but music would be around forever.
Although, he did focus a lot of his attention on football during his teens and twenties, Turley maintains that he never stopped playing. He would take his guitar with him on the road to entertain his teammates and help them pass the time. And he insists that he has always put just as much effort into his music career as he put into his football career.
Turley also states that he took his football fame and used it to open opportunities that he would not have gotten otherwise. He used his status as a football player to secure all the concert tickets he could, all the backstage passes he could, and all the musical training he could. He learned what he could; paid attention to everything he could, and used those experiences to build his musical brand.
Turley asserts that going out every night performing for fans is really similar to the life he lived when he was a player. It’s a rigorous schedule. You work from dusk until dawn trying to make yourself the best that you can be, and you’re going out every night competing for something big and trying not to disappoint your fans.
Take a listen as Turley discusses the way his southern roots influenced his music and he talks about how he has gotten to live out both his childhood dreams as an adult.