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Former Notre Dame All-America OL and Bears draftee Mirko Jurkovic dies

Mirko Jurkovic

Mirko Jurkovic

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Mirko V. Jurkovic, 42, a consensus All-American at Notre Dame, 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, Ill., Jurkovic attended Thornton Fractional 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 nineteen 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 3-8 p.m. Friday at McGann Hay Funeral Home in Granger. Interment will be at Cedar Grove Cemetery on the Notre Dame campus.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Mirko Jurkovic Memorial Fund at any Wells Fargo Branch.

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