Class of 2017
John Jurkovic

John Jurkovic, better known as “Jurko” on ESPN Chicago 1000, is a sports broadcaster and former professional player. Hailing from Calumet City, Jurkovic attended Thornton Fractional North High School and played at Eastern Illinois University, where he earned All-American honors and was the Gateway Conference Defensive Player of the Year in 1988 and 1989. Over his 10 years as a professional football player, Jurkovic played for the Miami Dolphins, Green Bay Packers, Jacksonville Jaguars and Cleveland Browns. Jurkovic began his broadcasting career while still playing in the league, starting as a radio personality and moving to television. Following his professional football career, Jurkovic moved into color commentary for the Arena Football League on TNN. He also broadcasted games for NFL Europe and was eventually commissioned to do five NFL games in 2001 and 2002 with Fox. Jurkovic’s experiences brought him back to Chicago where he served as an analyst for the Chicago Rush for two seasons before joining ESPN Chicago 1000. He hosts a midday show with Carmen DeFalco on the station. John now resides in Northwest Indiana with his wife, Brandy, and is involved with several charities, including “The Friends of Michael Williams”, which raises money for neuroblastoma research.

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