Senior defensive back John Michaletti was named the first recipient of the Bob Jurevitz Award at the St. Ambrose University Fall Sports Banquet on Sunday afternoon.|
The annual award, established over the summer, is named after Bob Jurevitz, a former St. Ambrose football great who passed away in November after a battle with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), or Lou Gehrig's disease. It is presented to a St. Ambrose football player who best exemplifies the characteristics Jurevitz displayed both on and off the playing field.
Michaletti, an Alleman graduate, was selected by the SAU football coaching staff and the Jurevitz family.
"John is an outstanding player, but more importantly he is an outstanding person, teammate and leader," SAU head coach Mike Magistrelli said. "He is one of the hardest working players I have had the privilege of coaching. He embodies the same great qualities that made Bob such a great player and teammate."
Michaletti finished his senior campaign third on the team with 63 total tackles and two interceptions. He also recovered a pair of fumbles and returned five kickoffs for 152 yards, including an 85-yard touchdown return against Waldorf. He played 25 games and made 136 tackles in his SAU career.
Michaletti's name is now the first on a plaque inside the Lee Lohman Arena lobby, which will be updated every year to list the all-time recipients of the award.
Jurevitz was one of the most prolific running backs in SAU history. He remains the second-leading rusher in school history, accumulating 5,126 yards on the ground during his career from 1982-85. He was the state of Iowa's all-time leading collegiate rusher at the time of his graduation in 1986.
The four-year team captain and team MVP scored a Bee-best 64 touchdowns in his career. During his senior season in 1985, he rushed for 1,424 yards and a still-school-record 27 touchdowns. He was inducted into the SAU Athletics Hall of Fame in 1992.
A plaque honoring Jurevitz and a framed No. 44 jersey are permanently displayed in the SAU football locker room visible to every player entering and leaving the room.
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