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Jurasin a pro football star because of Jack Gotta

August 11, 2013 - Burt Angeli
Bessemer’s Bob Jurasin owes his pro football career to Jack (Jocko) Gotta.

Gotta, a member of the Ironwood and U.P. sports halls of fame, closed out his coaching career with the Canadian Football League’s Saskatchewan. At the suggestion of his brother, Gotta gave the under-sized Jurasin (5-11, 240) a shot in the defensive lineman.

Jurasin, who later became a CFL Hall of Famer, passed every test.

“Without him, I would have never got started,” Jurasin, who starred at Northern Michigan University, told The Daily Globe. “He was just a great guy and a straight shooter.

“He was a true Yooper. It’s like once you’re here, you never really leave the U.P.” Gotta — a CFL player, coach and general manager — died in June at the age of 83.



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