Bronko Nagurski

Bronko Nagurski

Original Name Bronislau Nagurski
Rainy River, Rainy River District, Ontario, Canada
Death 7 Jan 1990 (aged 81)
International Falls, Koochiching County, Minnesota, USA
Burial International Falls, Koochiching County, Minnesota, USA
Plot Saint Thomas
Memorial ID 5745 · View Source
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Hall of Fame Professional Football Player, Pro Wrestler. Bronko Nagurski was probably best known for his accomplishments on the football field, but also rose to the top of the wrestling world. Born in 1908 in the small border town of Rainy River, Ontario to parents Michael and Amelia Nagurski, the youngster grew up an athlete in Minnesota, having to run four miles each day to school and back to the family farm, where he lived with his parents and three siblings. He loved wrestling and boxing as a teen, but his mother tried to dissuade him, frightened that he might get hurt. But Bronko wouldn't be stopped. He was an All-American at the University of Minnesota from 1927 to 1929, and was the only player in U.S. college history to make all-star at two positions -- fullback and tackle. In 1930, he was signed by George Halas to the Chicago Bears, and helped the Bears to championships in 1932 and 1933. The tenacity payed off in the wrestling ring too. Nagurski hit his peak during the late '30s, early '40s, when he held the NWA World title twice, beating Lou Thesz June 23, 1939 for his first win. Nagurski would lose the title to Ray Steel March 7, 1940, and regain it from Steele a year later on March 11, 1941. Sandor Szabo finally took the gold from Nagurksi on June 5, 1941. Nagurski retired from wrestling in 1960 a physical wreck, and for the last years of his life, he ran a gas station in International Falls, Minnesota. He died Jan 8, 1990. Nagurski married his childhood sweetheart Eileen Kane December 28, 1936 and the couple had a child Christmas Day 1937, who they named after his father.

Bio by: Steve Edquist ~In Memory Of Aaron & Scrappy~

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  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Bronko Nagurski (3 Nov 1908–7 Jan 1990), Find A Grave Memorial no. 5745, citing Forest Hill Cemetery, International Falls, Koochiching County, Minnesota, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .