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Sports Icons Visit Vets at VA Hudson Valley

Sports Icons visit Vets at VA Hudson Valley

Veteran Neil Hiene speaks with former New York Giants wide receiver Odessa Turner at the Castle Point VA Hospital May 9. Turner visited Veterans at the Castle Point campus and talked about playing in the National Football League and winning a Super Bowl, being drafted and his NFL career. Listening to Hiene and Turner is Yvette Rodriguez-Cacho, chief of Voluntary Services for VA Hudson Valley (right). Derek "The Wizz" Murphy joined Turner for the event. (US Department of Veterans Affairs photo by Jason Tudor)

By Jason Tudor, VA Hudson Valley Public Affairs Officer
Monday, May 11, 2015

CASTLE POINT, N.Y. (May 11, 2015) – A former New York Giants Super Bowl-winning wide receiver took time to visit with Veterans from the VA Hudson Valley Health Care System Saturday, May 9, at the Castle Point, New York, campus.

Super Bowl winning wide receiver Odessa Turner, who also played for the San Francisco 49ers and with the Canadian Football League, and Derek “The Wizz” Murphy, spoke with Veterans from the Montrose and Castle Point campuses. The two also visited with Veterans living in VA Hudson Valley’s community living centers.

Turner, a native of Monroe, La., played NFL football from 1987 to 1993, which included a Super Bowl win against the Buffalo Bills in Super Bowl XXV Jan. 27, 1991.

“It’s a privilege to be here talking to you and I want to thank you for all you have done,” Turner said by way of introduction. He went on to talk about being drafted into the NFL, winning a Super Bowl and the challenges of his career. He also showed off his Super Bowl ring.

Murphy said he played with Harlem Globetrotter greats Meadowlark Lemon, Fred “Curly” Neal, Nate Branch and others. He now devotes himself to motivational speaking and appearances.

The visit lasted about three hours and included autographs and conversation.


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