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Joe Jurevicius
No. --     Free Agent
Wide receiver
Personal information
Date of birth: December 23, 1974 (1974-12-23) (age 35)
Place of birth: Cleveland, Ohio
Height: 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) Weight: 230 lb (104 kg)
Career information
College: Penn State
NFL Draft: 1998 / Round: 2 / Pick: 55
Debuted in 1998 for the New York Giants
Career history
 As player:
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 17, 2008
Receptions     323
Receiving yards     4,119
Touchdowns     29
Stats at NFL.com

Joseph Michael Jurevicius (born December 23, 1974 in Cleveland, Ohio) is an American football wide receiver who is currently a free agent. He was drafted by the New York Giants in the second round of the 1998 NFL Draft. He played college football at Penn State.

Jurevicius has also played for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Seattle Seahawks and Cleveland Browns. He earned a Super Bowl ring with the Buccaneers in Super Bowl XXXVII.

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Early years

Jurevicius attended Lake Catholic High School in Mentor, Ohio, and was a letterman in football as a wide receiver/punter and in basketball. Has #84 jersey retired and hanging in Lake Catholic gym.

College career

Jurevicius played college football at Penn State University. He finished his college career with 94 receptions for 1,894 yards and 15 touchdowns.

Professional career

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New York Giants

Jurevicius was selected by the New York Giants in the second round (55th overall) in the 1998 NFL Draft. He played four seasons with the New York Giants through the 2002 season. During his time in New York he played in 58 games, scoring five touchdowns and totaling 1,442 receiving yards. He played in the Giants' 34-7 loss to the Baltimore Ravens in Super Bowl XXXV, but did not record any receptions.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

In 2002, Jurevicius signed a four-year contract with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as an unrestricted free agent. In the 2002 NFC Championship game against the Philadelphia Eagles, he took a crossing pattern 71 yards down to the Eagles' five-yard line. In Super Bowl XXXVII, Jurevicius led the Buccaneers in receiving yards with four catches for 78 yards as Tampa Bay won 48-21 over the Oakland Raiders.

Jurevicius left Tampa Bay following the 2004 season. He played in 30 games for the team, recording 874 yards receiving and eight touchdowns.

Seattle Seahawks

In 2005, Jurevicius signed with the Seattle Seahawks. He finished the regular season with a career-high 10 touchdowns with 694 receiving yards, leading the team in touchdowns and coming in second in yards. He also had a career-high 137 yard against the St. Louis Rams. He led the Seahawks in receiving with five catches for 93 yards in their 21-10 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers in Super Bowl XL.

Cleveland Browns

On March 11, 2006, Jurevicius signed a four-year contract with his hometown team, the Cleveland Browns. He became an immediate impact player as a dependable, sure-handed receiver—especially on 3rd-and-long situations.[1] He finished the 2007 season with the third most 3rd-down receptions (29) in the league.[2]

In 2008, Jurevicius spent the preseason recovering from surgery on his right knee. Shortly after the initial surgery, he developed a staph infection and underwent five additional surgeries to eliminate the infection.[3] He began the season on the Active/PUP list, and on August 25, he was transferred to the Reserve/PUP list, forcing him to miss the first six weeks of the regular season. Slow recovery prevented his availability before week 10, which by NFL rules, made him ineligible to return for the remainder of the 2008 season.[4] He was awarded the team's Ed Block Courage Award, given to the player who best persevered through injury.[5]

Jurevicius underwent a seventh surgery to clear out scar tissue in late 2008[2], vowing to return for the 2009 season.[6] However, the Browns released him on March 11, 2009.[7]

On June 26, 2009, Jurevicius filed a lawsuit in Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas naming the Browns, the Cleveland Clinic, and Browns team physicians, Dr. Anthony Miniaci and Dr. Richard Figler, as defendants.[8] The suit alleges Jurevicius contracted staph in his right knee due to the Browns' failure to sterilize their Berea, Ohio training facility properly and the failure of doctors at the Cleveland Clinic to take proper precautions against infection.[8] Five other Browns players and two staff members have also contracted staph since 2003.[8]

Personal

Jurevicius lives in Pepper Pike, Ohio with his wife, Meagan, and two daughters: Caroline and Ava. His infant son, Michael William Jurevicius, died on March 24, 2003 from sialidosis, a neurodegenerative disease. He dedicates each of his touchdowns to Michael, either pointing upward to the sky, or throwing the ball into the air. Since his son's early passing Jurevicius has been an ardent supporter of the March of Dimes, and a scholarship has been established in his son's name.

Jurevicius has a tattoo of Vytis, the national symbol of Lithuania on his right biceps. He is of Lithuanian descent.

Jurevicius earned a degree in Human Development and Family Studies from Penn State University in 1997.

Jurevicius has appeared on the cover of Sports Illustrated twice: August 25, 1997 and February 3, 2003.

Jurevicius is an avid hunter. In 2007 he co-founded Dismal River Outfitters, a hunting ranch and resort in Mullen, Nebraska, with his former Buccaneer and Seahawk teammate, John Howell.[9][10]

In June 2009, Jurevicius took part in the 2009 NFL/NFLPA "Broadcast Boot Camp," a program designed by the NFL Broadcasting Department and their broadcast partners to prepare players for possible post-playing careers in broadcasting.[11]

References

  1. ^ Grzegorek, Vince (2008-11-19). "Joe The Receiver: Jurevicius Is A Fan Favorite Because He's One Of Us". Cleveland Scene. http://www.freetimes.com/stories/15/80/joe-the-receiver. Retrieved 2008-11-12.  
  2. ^ a b Ridenour, Marla (2008-11-05). "Season has been nightmare for Browns". Rocky Mountain News. http://www.rockymountainnews.com/news/2008/nov/05/season-has-been-nightmare-for-browns. Retrieved 2008-11-07.  
  3. ^ "Browns Jurevicius planning comeback". International Herald Tribune. 2008-11-03. http://www.iht.com/articles/ap/2008/11/03/sports/FBN-Browns-Jurevicius.php. Retrieved 2008-11-03.  
  4. ^ "Hurt? What Injured Players Need to Know". National Football League Players Association. 2008-06-03. http://www.nflplayers.com/user/content.aspx?fmid=178&lmid=443&pid=1291&type=n. Retrieved 2008-11-03.  
  5. ^ Dulik, Brian (2008-12-12). "Browns notes: Some players are still thinking Pro Bowl". The Chronicle-Telegram. http://www.chroniclet.com/2008/12/12/browns-notes-some-players-are-still-thinking-pro-bowl_122. Retrieved 2008-12-12.  
  6. ^ Greetham, Fred (2008-11-03). "The Berea Report: JJ Vows To Return". The Orange and Brown Report. http://cle.scout.com/2/807802.html. Retrieved 2008-11-03.  
  7. ^ Browns Release WR Jurevicius Yahoo Sports, March 11, 2009
  8. ^ a b c Cabot, Mary Kay (2009-06-26). "Former Cleveland Browns receiver Joe Jurevicius sues team, doctors, Cleveland Clinic over staph infection". The Plain Dealer. http://www.cleveland.com/browns/index.ssf/2009/06/joshua_gunter_the_plain_dealer.html.  
  9. ^ "About Us". dismalriveroutfitters.com. http://www.dismalriveroutfitters.com/about.htm. Retrieved 2009-01-27.  
  10. ^ "The 2002 Bucs: Where Are They Now?". The Tampa Tribune. 2009-01-24. http://www2.tbo.com/content/2009/jan/24/sp-2002-bucs-where-are-they-now. Retrieved 2009-01-27.  
  11. ^ "Jones-Drew and Williams To Take Part In "NFL Broadcast Boot Camp" June 22-25". Jacksonville Jaguars. 2009-06-09. http://www.jaguars.com/news/article.aspx?id=7920.  

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