(AUDIO) Joe Jurevicius Recalls Being in New York During 9/11
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Former Bucs wide receiver Joe Jurevicius joined Booger and Rich to talk about the Buccaneers player’s only meeting and to remember 9/11.
Jurevicius said that it’s never good to have a player’s only meeting after Week 1 of the season. He said it could be a sign of things to come and it’s very alarming news.
There was tension on the Bucs sidelines during their game Sunday against the Jets and Jurevicius said that egos and tempers flare on the sidelines but dissension this early in the season cannot be a good thing. There’s a lot of talent on the Bucs, but Jurevicius said there’s also a lot of questions coming out of One Buc right now.
The Buccaneers had a serious MRSA outbreak at One Buc earlier this offseason that has affected both Carl Nicks and Lawrence Tynes. Jurevicius contracted MRSA while playing for the Browns and was coming off a solid season where he was a team captain and he said it ended his career and was by far the hardest thing physically he’s ever had to deal with.
Jurevicius played some slot receiver while in Tampa Bay and said the job of a slot guy is to clear out pressure from the outside receivers. He said there’s a lot that goes into the position because there’s all kinds of exotic coverages that a defense can throw out at you. His job in Tampa Bay was to get to his spot as soon as possible and help ease the pressure on guys like Keyshawn Johnson and stretch the defense.
During 9/11, Jurevicius played for the Jets and was living in New York. He said he was glad he was there at the time because he saw first hand the people that were affected by the tragedy and it helped him truly understand the magnitude of the event. He recalled coming home from a long flight and his phone began to blow up. He looked out his back window and saw the Twin Towers on fire. He actually went down a few days later and helped with the rescue and clean up efforts. Jurevicius said it was pure chaos at Ground Zero and he remembers everything going dead quiet and he saw fireman carrying a body out on a door with an American flag draped over it. At that time, everybody was an American.