John Jurkovic


"Jurko" is in his twelfth year on ESPN Chicago 1000. His experiences as an NFL defensive tackle, silly wit and ability to invent new words are his trademarks.

John played for four teams (Miami, Green Bay, Jacksonville and Cleveland) over his 10-year NFL career. The Good Kid's "common man" demeanor and approachability have resulted in his being embraced by the Chicago sports community.

Hailing from Calumet City, John prepped at Thornton Fractional North High School. After a stellar high school career, the self-proclaimed "dashing young Croatian" took his skills to Eastern Illinois University, where he earned All-American honors and was the Gateway Conference Defensive Player of the Year in '88 and in '89. Jurko signed with the Dolphins as an undrafted free agent in April, 1990.

During Jurko's playing days, he seized every opportunity he was given to do radio and television. He started in radio in '92, while with the Packers, and soon added television to his resume. Jurko also was a regular contributor to radio and television programs while playing for the Jaguars and the Browns.

After his NFL career, Jurko continued his TV duties, doing color commentary for the Arena Football League on TNN in '01. John also broadcast games for NFL Europe that year and he was commissioned to do five NFL games in '01 and in '02 for Fox. Those experiences led him to the AFL Chicago Rush, for which he served as analyst for two seasons in '02 and in '03.

Jurko resides in Northwest Indiana, with his wife, Brandy, and their three children, Niko, Jake and Grace. His hobbies include golf, hunting and Texas hold'em. He is largely involved with several charties, including "The Friends of Michael Williams," which raises money for neuroblastoma research.

Favorite Chicago Bears:

  • Steve McMichael

  • Walter Payton

  • Doug Plank

  • Leslie Frazier

  • Jim McMahon

    Favorite NFL players:

  • Dan Marino

  • Fred Biletnikoff

  • Jack Lambert

  • Brett Favre

  • Barry Sanders

    Favorite Cubs:

  • Bill Buckner

  • Mick Kelleher

  • Dennis Eckersley

  • Rick Monday

  • Jose Cardenal

    Favorite Chicagoland golf courses:

  • Ruffled Feathers

  • Balmoral Woods

  • Cog Hill #4 Dubsdread

  • Seven Bridges

  • Rich Harvest Farms

    Best courses played:

  • Sawgrass (both courses)

  • Doral Blue Monster

  • Black Wolf Run (both)

  • Green Bay CC

  • Tidewater SC

    Favorite Comedies:

  • Caddyshack

  • Stripes

  • Old School

  • Dodge Ball

  • Van Wilder

    Favorite Actors:

  • Robert DeNiro

  • Al Pacino

  • Jack Nicholson

  • Clint Eastwood

  • Paul Newman

    Favorite Sports (other than "The Big 4"):


  • Golf

  • Soccer

  • Hunting

  • Pro Wrestling

    Favorite Music:

  • Warren Zevon

  • Pink Floyd

  • Toby Keith

  • Elton John

  • Motley Crue

    Favorite Chicagoans:

  • Mike Ditka

  • Eddie Vrdolyak

  • Bozo the Clown

  • Jeremy Piven

  • Michael Jordan

    Favorite radio personalities:

  • Larry Lujack and Tommy Edwards

  • Dahl & Meier

  • Heavy Fuel Crew

  • Chet Coppock

  • Les Grobstein overnights

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