Bobby Jurasin - Defensive End - Saskatchewan Roughriders - 1986-97
Bobby Jurasin with his trademark Land of The Rising Sun bandanna; now that is a lasting image in Roughrider history. Bobby Jurasin played 13 seasons in the CFL, 12 with Saskatchewan. Over his career he collected 142 sacks, the third highest total in CFL history. He joined Saskatchewan in 1986 out of Northern Michigan; at that time James West was the blueprint for success as a sack specialist in the CFL. Jurasin on West (CFL Illustrated 1988):
"He's definately a role model. When I first got up here in 1986, I watched a lot of film on Parker. I don't compare myself with him, but I take ideas from the way he plays. He has quick moves and he uses head fakes well."
In 1987, Jurasin was a CFL all-star setting the Roughrider single season record with 22 sacks. He had double digit sack totals from '87 to '95 winning the Grey Cup with Saskatchewan in 1989. He was named a Western Divison All-Star on 6 occasions and a CFL All-Star 4 times including his final season with the Roughriders in 1997.
In 1997 Jurasin led the suprising Riders defence to stunning victories over Calgary and Edmonton to advance to the Grey Cup. The game would ultimately be his final appearance with Saskatchewan, and although Saskatchewan was defeated 47-23 Bobby went in style with a sack of Argonaut QB Doug Flutie for a 17 yard loss. Jurasin was unceremoniously released from Saskatchewan prior to the 1998 season and although he did go on to play 2 games with Toronto before retiring, he will always be remembered as a Saskatchewan Roughrider.
Jurasin has returned to Saskatchewan on certain occasions and has his sights set on one day coaching in the league in which he was a perennial all-star as a player... excerpted from Slam Sports:
"I wanted to play," Jurasin said with a chuckle before the game. "I need one more game for 200. I asked and asked if I could play, but they said no."
Jurasin, is the defensive-line and strength/conditioning coach at his alma mater -- Northern Michigan University in Marquette, Mich. Eventually, he hopes to provide some tutelage to CFL players. He has an ideal location in mind.
"When the time is right, I will be back here -- whether it's as a coach, as an executive or as the mayor," Jurasin said. "The 12 years I spent here were phenomenal. I definitely want to be back here at some point in time." Seven years after last suiting up at Taylor Field, Jurasin has noticed some significant changes.
"I walked around the park today and saw all the different things they're doing here -- with the (video board), the (renovated) bathrooms, the locker room and everything else," he said. "The administration is starting to spend money to give fans the total entertainment package."
"As an alumnus, I'm very pleased to see what they're accomplishing here."
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