John joined the UConn team as a walk-on in 2007. He did not see any game action until this year as a member for the kickoff defensive team. He has excelled academically at UConn as a biological sciences major.
John has worked exceptionally hard as a walk-on player and member of the Scout Team. As his career continued, he saw playing time for the first time as a member of the kickoff defensive team. Please see the attached statement from our athletic trainer, Bob Howard.
He was named to the 2009 Big East All-Academic Team and has volunteered and spent two weeks in Mississippi rebuilding houses in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. He has also volunteered at children’s' homes and schools as an athletic and academic mentor.
Statement of Testimony on John Yurek by University of Connecticut Head Athletic Trainer Bob Howard:
John is a quiet unassuming student-athlete that embodies the intangible characteristics of selflessness, hard work and determination. Throughout his UConn football career he has had to face adversity in the form of injuries each and every season. What is unique about John that separates him from others is how he handled each injury challenge. Most walk-on players drift away from the team quickly when suffering a series of injuries. John, on the other hand, pushed himself hard to get back on the field and in doing so motivated others around him. His actions have gained him the respect and admiration of fellow teammates. John Yurek has naturally displayed the leadership characteristics people hope to develop in others.