This year marks the 25th season for the Jacksonville Jaguars. To celebrate, we’re counting down 100 days from our regular season kickoff with the top 100 moments in franchise history.
Yesterday it was Blake Bortles being released.
Today? We’re talking about No. 64 himself — John Jurkovic.
John Jurkovic (1996-1998)
I don’t think I’ve ever known a Jaguars player who more embodied the archetype of “guy in the bar who said he could hang with NFL players and then one day actually does it” more than him.
Jurkovic played for the Green Bay Packers before that magical 1996 season and when he came to Jacksonville he was as old-school a defensive tackle as you could get. He stopped the run, he plugged gaps — he beloved by fans in the early days of the Jaguars due to his gregarious attitude and passion during play.
One of my favorite Jurkovic memories is when the defense needed a breather late in a game and he feigned injury. I don’t remember the opponent, but I do remember it being painfully obvious to everyone that he wasn’t really injured and that he was just trying to buy time for his team.
Jurkovic is now a midday show host on ESPN Radio 1000 in Chicago. I’m sure he’s got some stories to tell.
Send us your favorite moments and we’ll dig into each one until the Jaguars kick off on September 8th — including whatever video, audio, or stories we can find.
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