SAU football program honors ailing Hall of Famer


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Posted Online: May 14, 2011, 6:38 pm
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By Tom Johnston, tjohnston@qconline.com
Bob Jurevitz made a name for himself as an indestructible football player and state wrestling champ while at Riverdale High School and, after that, while wearing a St. Ambrose football jersey.

As a Fighting Bee, Jurevitz set a standard that may never be equaled by scoring 414 points in his career that included a school-record 64 touchdowns during his days in Davenport from 1982-85.

The only foe that Jurevitz, an SAU Hall of Famer, couldn't either pin or run through is one that is taking his life – Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, ALS.

At a Friday fundraiser for the Jurevitz family to help defray medical expenses, one of the best collegiate running backs in the State of Iowa was also honored by his former school. During the event at Bettendorf's Waterfront Convention Center, SAU football coach Mike Magistrelli announced that the school will be honoring Jurevitz in two ways. The first is by hanging a framed No. 44 jersey above the entrance to the locker room and the second by creating a team award in his name.

Magistrelli said he will be sitting down with the family to determine the exact criteria for the award that will be handed out annually.

"Bob as a player at Ambrose was described as a quiet guy who wasn't going to say much, but definitely was a team leader,'' said Magistrelli, noting the strong-as-an-ox running back is late in the fourth quarter of his fight with the deadly disease. "He was a guy who played with great passion and effort and kind of bled Ambrose blue. It will stand for some of those characteristics.''

And while many of the current Fighting Bees only know Jurevitz from his long-standing school records – his 5,126 yards, second on the career rushing chartsto Lionel Porter's 5,437 among them – Magistrelli hopes these honors serve as a connection to the SAU tradition for current players.

He said the framed jersey is "kind of a reminder for the standards that he helped set for the program'' and wanted that to be the last thing his players saw when heading to the practice or game field.

Jurevitz resides in Bettendorf along with his wife, Tracey. They have four children, sons Mitch and Keaton, and daughters Lexi and Brandy.

According to a Facebook page publicizing the fundraiser, donations to the Bob Jurevitz Memorial Fund may be made at any Wells Fargo Bank.






 












 



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