Although Clyde Turner could not break into the starting lineup at Sweetwater High School, he later proved himself as a great player. It was at Hardin-Simmons University that Turner developed the talents that earned him the nickname "Bulldog". As a small-college All-America selection, he outplayed college football's greatest centers in the summer of 1940 to become the starter in the annual College All-Star game against the NFL champions at Chicago's Soldier Field. Turner was a first-round draft choice of the Chicago Bears. In 1942, he led the league with the interceptions. In his 12-year pro career (1940-1952) with the Bears, he was named All-Pro six times and played on four championship teams. Turner was inducted into the Texas Sports Hall of Fame in 1961.