Only Joe Jurevicius Until Penn State Football

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With 83 days to go until the season opener, we honor one of the greatest wide receivers in program history.

During his first couple of years on the team, Joe Jurevicius played under the shadow of one Bobby Engram, who would go on to become the all-time total receiving yards leader in Penn State history (2,986). By his junior year in 1996 however, Engram had moved on to the NFL and it was Joe's time to shine. His 6'5" size made him a matchup nightmare for opposing defenses and he went on to put together a pair of back-to-back 800+ yard receiving seasons and 14 total TDs over his last two seasons as a Nittany Lion, good enough to finish seventh on the total receiving yards list with 1,885. He then went on to enjoy a lucrative career in the NFL, helping to lead the Tampa Bay Bucaneers to their lone Super Bowl win and also christening the Eagles' then brand spankin' new Lincoln Financial Field with a pair of touchdown grabs, including the famed 'tip catch' on Monday Night Football.

Jurevicius also had to overcome personal tragedy, when his son Michael, who was born with a degenerative condition, died in March 2003 just a few months after being born. Today, he's the proud father of two young daughters and is a successful business owner in the Cleveland area, building high-quality but affordable Laundromats that cater to Cleveland's low-income neighborhoods.

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