The New York Giants family lost one of their own on Thursday when former quarterbacks coach Turk Schonert passed away due to a heart attack. He was 62.
Schonert was originally a ninth-round pick of the Chicago Bears in the 1980 NFL Draft, but spent his rookie season on their practice squad (called the “taxi squad” at the time). He later spent two stints with the Cincinnati Bengals (1981-1985, 1987-1989) and had a brief cup of coffee with the Atlanta Falcons (1986).
Schonert appeared in 72 career games, throwing for 3,788 yards with 11 touchdowns and 20 interceptions.
After his playing days were over, Schonert remained in the NFL as an assistant coach. He worked with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Buffalo Bills, Carolina Panthers, New Orleans Saints and in 2003, with the Giants.
Schonert was hired by Jim Fassel to serve as the team’s quarterbacks coach, where he worked with Kerry Collins and Jesse Palmer. He was let go the following year when the Giants hired Tom Coughlin as their head coach and traded for Eli Manning, who remains the team’s starting quarterback.
In addition to his time in the NFL as a player and assistant, Schonert also spent time coaching in the United Football League and Canadian Football League, where he had spent the last five years as receivers coach of the Montreal Alouettes.