Old KaVontae Turpin tweet shows he knew he’d dominate in NFL
Long before he shocked football fans with a 98-yard kickoff return for a touchdown and 86-yard punt return for a touchdown in the Dallas Cowboys’ second preseason game against the Los Angeles Chargers, KaVontae Turpin knew he was destined for greatness.
The Louisiana native spent three collegiate seasons with the TCU Horned Frogs where he quickly became the best returner in school history. He had four punt return touchdowns and two kickoff scores to go along with 13 receiving and two rushing touchdowns.
Unfortunately, an assault charge got him dismissed from the program and was likely the reason he went undrafted in the 2019 NFL Draft. From there, he signed with the Frisco Fighters of the IFL, but the season was canceled due to COVID-19. He then joined the Fan Controlled Football League before heading to Europe to join the Panthers Wrocław of the European League of Football.
Despite his unique football journey, Turpin didn’t give up on his hopes to play in the NFL. In the USFL’s inaugural season, the receiver was drafted by the New Jersey Generals in the 13th round. His late pick didn’t stop him from proving himself.
Turpin had a league-leading 540 receiving yards and four touchdowns. He also had 129 rushing yards and 184 punt return yards, becoming the only player in the USFL to score a kick return touchdown. His speed and play-making ability earned him MVP of the league, which caught the attention of the Cowboys.
But before he ever stepped foot into the USFL, he knew he would make a great pro player. In January of 2022, Turpin sent out a tweet manifesting what came true this past weekend.
Cowboys’ KaVontae Turpin tweeted that he would lead the NFL in punt and kick return touchdowns back in January
I guess Turpin was taking after former Cowboys QB Tony Romo in making bold predictions and guesses that happen to come true.
Shortly after Turpin’s jaw-dropping performance at SoFi Stadium, this tweet from seven months ago resurfaced. The question of whether he would make the Cowboys’ 53-man roster seemed all but answered. The returner brought Dallas fans the most excitement they’d seen in a game in many months.
You can say that it’s only preseason, but you absolutely can’t deny his agility and elusiveness. The USFL MVP is talented. Even before his two touchdowns on Saturday evening, the Cowboys coaching staff was impressed by what Turpin brought to the table in Oxnard and joint practices.
Seven months ago he warned the league about his talent. Now, the NFL’s official Twitter account has put the entire league on notice about what he brings to the table.