Jurevicius keeps late son in mind on career day

Associated Press
Published October 10, 2005

ST. LOUIS - The toughest part of Joe Jurevicius' biggest day in the league had nothing to do with filling in as a starting wide receiver. It was the bus ride past the hospital where his son died that was tough to take.

On the way to the game, the Seahawks drove past the hospital where Jurevicius' young son, Michael William, died of a neurodegenerative disease in 2003. And the memories flooded back.

"This is a hard place for me to play," said Jurevicius, who helped the Bucs beat the Raiders in the Super Bowl a few weeks before his son died.

On Sunday, Jurevicius had a career-best nine receptions for 137 yards and a touchdown. He started because of injuries to Darrell Jackson and Bobby Engram.

"On my touchdown, I wrote a little "M' in the grass and threw the ball up to him," Jurevicius said. "So psychologically, I've been through worse but it's rewarding."

Shaun Alexander had 119 yards and two touchdowns rushing and Seattle moved into first place in the NFC West.

Jurevicius' best game was as a Buc: eight catches for 100 yards on Dec.8, 2002 against Atlanta.

NOTABLE: Seahawks strong safety Michael Boulware, a former Florida State standout, came off on a stretcher in the second quarter with a lower back injury.