You’ve heard of “The Refrigerator.” But former Chicago Bears legend William Perry isn’t half as cool as “The Deep Freezer.” Granted, John Michael Turner is a high school football player from Ohio, not an NFL star. That doesn’t mean he’s not an ice-cold unit with the ball in his hands, though.
So we don’t know too much about John Michael Turner, aka “The Deep Freezer,” besides the fact that he plays for the Beechcroft High School Cougars of Columbus, Ohio. Well, we also know that there isn’t a high school safety alive that could keep Turner out of the endzone after he’s built up a head of steam at the 1-yard line.
Take a look at Outsider’s tweet and decide for yourself if this is someone you’d want to tackle.
Yeah. Good call. We have no interest in tackling him either. But the goal line strategy is brilliant. Utilizing “The Deep Freezer” in this way is reminiscent of the mid-1980s NFL. Bill Walsh, head coach of the San Francisco 49ers, was one of the first to start handing the ball off to big linemen in short-yardage situations. It didn’t take long for Mike Ditka of the Chicago Bears to catch on.
Soon, big men were doing touchdown celebrations across the league. But none of them are remotely as recognizable as the Bears’ William “The Refrigerator” Perry. Like John Michael Turner, Perry was a defensive lineman. According to the NFL, he became the first 300+ pound player to score a rushing touchdown.
So there you have it. Beechcroft’s “Deep Freezer” comes from a proud tradition of big men playing smash-mouth football with the ball in their hands.
The Beauty of Sportsmanship in High School Football
What we wouldn’t give for another chance to strap up and take the field on Friday night in the fall. Of course, not everyone played high school football. But if your school had a program, chances are you found yourself sitting in the bleachers on many a Friday night or Saturday morning. The nostalgia can be overwhelming at times.
And one young player from Iowa is making it impossible not to be even more romantic about the sport. Mario Hoefer recently took it upon himself to help an opposing player work out a cramp mid-game.
“I knew exactly how that felt. My first reaction was, ‘Okay there’s no trainers over here yet.’ So I’m about to help stretch him out. I did that for a bit and waited for the trainers to come over,” Hoefer told the Globe-Gazette.
A picture of the moment quickly went viral, inspiring people across the internet.
He went over to help the opponent on the ground that was in pain. True sportsmanship. ❤️— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) September 22, 2021
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