Norv Turner is in his fourth season as head coach with the Chargers. In 2007, he led the team to its first playoff win in 13 years and advanced to the AFC Championship after an 11-5 season, then claimed the franchises’ third and fourth consecutive AFC West crowns in 2008-09.
But who is the real Norv Turner and what makes him tick? The head coach recently opened up to Chargers.com, giving fans a glimpse inside the man calling the shots for the San Diego Chargers.
Favorite professional team as a kid: That one is too hard because it was different when I was a kid growing up. We had the game of the week. We didn’t have the great national exposure that we have now. I lived in the Bay Area. I was a big San Francisco Giants fan. I liked the Golden State Warriors. It’s funny; I always liked the New York Mets for some reason. They had Casey Stengel as manager and they were just getting started. I was probably more of a San Francisco 49ers fan than an Oakland Raiders fan, but followed both teams closely.
Position I’d play if I had to get on the field today: Probably the holder.
If I wasn’t an NFL head coach I’d be: I had plans to teach when I was in college. I would certainly be working with young people in some form.
Favorite athlete to watch in another sport: There are so many great athletes. In another sport, it was probably Magic Johnson in basketball.
Favorite meal: Anything on the grill.
First real job: Delivering furniture out at Martinez Furniture Company.
First car: An old ’52 Chevy pickup.
Music I listen to: I’m a country guy.
If I have 30 minutes of free time, I: Take a nap.
Most valued trait in others: Honesty. Trust.
Worst habit: Probably taking Halls throat lozenges. I tend to overuse them.
Best thing about San Diego: The Chargers.
On my office walls: It’s a little bit of everything. I’ve got pictures of my family, my wife, my daughter and my two sons, dogs, our players and a picture of LaDainian Tomlinson going over the top against Tennessee that secured the Chargers’ first playoff win in 13 years. There’s a variety of things.
Vacation spot I’d like to visit: Italy.
My bucket list includes: I don’t have one. I just take it as it comes.
Person I most respect: It changes. It’s the people you’re around. It’s easy to respect someone you don’t know or see, particularly in today’s world with all the great exposure everyone gets, but it’s probably someone at the moment that’s doing something unusual. I think we have a lot of guys on our football team that are very unique and I have a lot of respect for a lot of them in a lot of different ways.
Favorite movie of all time: I’m old school. I guess I’d have to go back to the 70s. The Godfather, or something in that time period.
The one tech gadget I can’t live without: Like I said, I’m old school. I’m not sure I have one.
My idea of retirement is: I haven’t thought about that, really, because I’ve been around some guys that retire and they don’t stay retired very long. I just hope that when the time comes to do it that I’m healthy and capable of doing the things I enjoy.
Hardest part of my job: I don’t look at it as anything being hard. It’s demanding. We deal with a lot of people, but I wouldn’t define any of it as being hard.
Three adjectives that describe myself: I’ll leave it to someone else.