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                === Former Notre Dame lineman Jurkovic dies ===
 
 Chicago, IL (Sports  Network) -  Mirko Jurkovic, a defensive tackle who played
 for Notre Dame on its last national championship team, died on Wednesday.
 
 The  Chicago Tribune  reported that the 42-year-old Illinois native lost a 28-
 month  fight with colon cancer, passing away at St. Joseph's Medical Center in
 Mishawaka,  Indiana --  one town east of South Bend, where Notre Dame's campus
 is located.
 
 Jurkovic  was  a freshman  defensive tackle  on the  Irish's 1988 squad, which
 bested  West Virginia  for the  title.  He later  switched to  guard and  also
 participated in two Orange Bowls and a Sugar Bowl before graduating.
 
 A  ninth-round  draft pick of  the Chicago Bears  in 1992, Jurkovic suffered a
 knee injury which derailed his rookie season and he never played in the NFL.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 01/09 19:44:54 ET

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