Former Notre Dame All-America OL and Bears draftee Mirko Jurkovic dies
By John Jurkovic Special to the Sun-Times January 10, 2013 11:02AM
Updated: February 12, 2013 2:33PM
Mirko V. Jurkovic, 42, a consensus All-American at Notre Dame in 1991, a four-time letter-winner and a member of the 1988 national championship team, died Wednesday at St. Joseph Medical Center in Mishawaka, Ind., of complications from colon cancer.
Jurkovic played defensive tackle for the title team that won the 1989 Fiesta Bowl. He played guard for teams that won the Orange Bowl in ’90 and the Sugar Bowl in ’92.
He was named Notre Dame lineman of the year by the Moose Krause chapter of the National Football Foundation in 1991. The Bears selected him in the ninth round of the 1992 NFL draft.
Originally from Calumet City, Jurkovic attended T.F. North High School. He graduated with a degree in marketing from the College of Business Administration at Notre Dame.
He is survived by his wife of 19 years, Angie, and their three children, Mirko, Claire and Samantha.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at St. Pius Catholic Church in Granger, Ind.
Visitation will be 3 to 8 p.m. Friday at McGann Hay Funeral Home in Granger. Interment will be at Cedar Grove Cemetery on the Notre Dame campus.