Jurgensen, Paul - Football, 1994

Jurgensen was a three-sport athlete at Benedictine Military Academy, playing football, basketball, and golf. He won the prestigious Dearing Award, honoring the city’s most versatile athlete. During his senior year at BC, he gained 25 pounds on his 6’4” frame. That season (1982-83) Jurgensen scored three touchdowns from his defensive end position and led the Cadets in tackles assists and quarterback sacks. He was the News-Press Lineman of the Year and Savannah Quarterback Club Lineman of the Year. In addition, he was named All-City in basketball and played on BC’s state championship golf team. After graduation, Jurgensen accepted a scholarship to Georgia Tech – playing behind future National Football League All-Pro pat Swilling for two seasons. He became a starter his junior season and led the team with 77 individual tackles and 9 quarterback sacks. He was the last inductee to Tech’s “Black Watch” defense, established by Coach Bill Curry. Unfortunately, his senior season was shortened by a severe knee injury against Clemson University in third game of the 1987 season – only returning to start in the final three games of the season. After college, Jurgensen was drafted by the New Orleans Saints in 1988. He played in the exhibition season, but was released due to lingering effects of his previous knee injury.

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