Posted: Jul 5, 2012 11:07 AM by Derek Buerkle - KPAX Sports
Updated: Jul 5, 2012 11:08 AM
MISSOULA- Shane Jurasek piled up the accolades and stats over 13 years.
The veteran owned several records in the Rocky Mountain Football League, and he turned in the best season ever for a RMFL quarterback last spring and summer.
But one prize continued to escape his grasp. Until Saturday, when Jurasek led the Bitterroot Blaze to a league championship, taking down the previously undefeated Idaho Matadors 33-18. Now with a title finally in hand, our athlete of the week is going out on top.
"I am officially retired. That's it. I can't do any more. I'm leaving at the top. After 13 years and being so close, it's such a hard thing to do every single year. You put six months of your life into it. I've got a nice bruise on my side. My arm's all bruised up. My ankle's pretty torn up throughout the season. I hurt it a few times during the season, so that will be a nagging injury for the next couple weeks. Shoulder is a bit bum. But you don't hurt at all when you're holding a trophy. That's for sure," Jurasek told us.
Jurasek earned MVP honors for his work in the championship. He tossed 3 touchdown passes and ran for another against the Matadors.
He also led the league in quarterback rating over the season, throwing 25 TD's and only four interceptions. He came into the RMFL without any experience at the college level. He leaves as one of the most successful QB's in league history, and also as a champion.