A former NFL quarterback passed away earlier this week. Turk Schonert, who played in the NFL from 1980-1989, passed away this week just two days after his 62nd birthday, according to a report.
Schonert was a two-time All-American in high school at Servite High School in Anaheim, California before he attended Stanford. As a senior for the Cardinal, Schonert led the nation in passing efficiency, completing 67-percent of his passes for a nation-high 163.2 passer rating.
While starting for Stanford, Schonert played ahead of a future Hall of Famer in John Elway.
Elway was a freshman at Stanford when Schonert was the starter, though Elway did cut into Schonert’s playing time a bit – Elway saw 96 pass attempts during the 1979 season, which he completed for six touchdowns and three interceptions.
Former #Bengals quarterback Turk Schonert has passed away. Had just turned 62-years-old.
— Joe Danneman (@FOX19Joe) January 17, 2019
After his time with the Stanford Cardinal, the Chicago Bears drafted Schonert in the 9th round of the 1980 NFL Draft. He never played for the Bears, but spent nine seasons with the Cincinnati Bengals – including the Super Bowl XVI and Super Bowl XXIII teams.
Schonert also played for the Atlanta Falcons for one season. He finished his career with 11 touchdowns passes to 20 interceptions, but ended with a winning record of 7-5.
Our thoughts are with the Schonert family.