Duerson resigns trustee position

Updated: February 8, 2005, 1:16 AM ET
Associated Press

SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- Dave Duerson, a former Notre Dame defensive back who played for three NFL teams, including the Chicago Bears, was charged Monday with hitting his wife and has resigned from the university's board of trustees, officials said.

St. Joseph County Prosecutor Mike Dvorak filed two counts of battery and two counts of domestic battery, all misdemeanors, against Duerson, 43, of Lincolnshire, Ill., a Chicago suburb.

Duerson and his wife got into an argument in their South Bend motel room Thursday and Duerson hit her, according to a news release from the prosecutor's office.

The report said Duerson pushed his wife out the door of their room and she hit the wall. She was treated and released from a hospital, prosecutors said. He was not being held in the St. Joseph County Jail Monday, a jail official said.

Duerson, a native of Muncie, resigned this week from the board of trustees, the university said.

"It is regrettable but proper that Dave Duerson has resigned as a member of the university's board of trustees," the Rev. Edward Malloy, university president, said in a statement.

Mitch Rosen, a spokesman for the Duerson family, said the matter was a "family misunderstanding, which occurred in private and it has already been resolved in private."

"As with all people, we too are less than perfect human beings," the statement said. Duerson said in the statement that he apologized and that the family was working to resolve the issue with law enforcement.

Duerson, a two-time All-America defensive back for the Irish, had been critical of how Notre Dame handled the firing of Tyrone Willingham last season, saying trustees were not consulted.

Playing from 1979-83, he still holds the Notre Dame record for career interception yardage with 256, according to the Notre Dame Web site.

He played 11 seasons in the NFL with the Chicago Bears, New York Giants and Phoenix Cardinals, earning four all-Pro honors and winning Super Bowl titles with the 1985 Bears and 1990 Giants.

He is president, CEO and founder of Duerson Foods, LCC, which opened in 2002 and provides sausage for fast-food restaurants.

In recognition of his charitable work with substance abuse prevention and the Special Olympics, Duerson was named the 1987 NFL Man of the Year and the 1988 NFL Humanitarian of the Year, the Web site said.


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