13th Annual Smoker - Special Guest John Jurko

Please join us on February 7, 2015 for a night of fun and excitement.
This men only event will start at 6pm.


"Jurko" is in his twelfth year on ESPN Chicago 1000. His experiences as an NFL defensive tackle, silly wit and ability to invent new words are his trademarks.

This year we have three different ticket options: Gold, Green and White*.

Gold: Table for 10, prime rib and chicken dinner, beer and soft drinks, a John Jurko autographed gift for your table, A meet and greet with Dennis and the Guest of your table, recognition on the event banner, an individual table tent on your table and acknowledgment by our MC during the event. Information for Gold Ticket Package contact Kevin Kirwan (847) 370-1748 or click on the link below "click here to order your tickets"

Green: Reserved Table of 5 minimum, prime rib and chicken dinner, beer and soft drinks.  Information for Green Ticket Package contact Kurt Taylor (815)703-6994 or click on the link below "click here to order your tickets"

White: prime rib and chicken dinner, beer and soft drinks. $95 per ticket.  Information for Green Ticket Package contact
Kurt Taylor (815)703-6994 or click on the link below "click here to order your tickets"

Ticket Prices:
Gold: $1,500 Table for 10
Green: $475 Table of 5
White: $95 1 Ticket




"Jurko" is in his twelfth year on ESPN Chicago 1000. His experiences as an NFL defensive tackle, silly wit and ability to invent new words are his trademarks.

John played for four teams (Miami, Green Bay, Jacksonville and Cleveland) over his 10-year NFL career. The Good Kid's "common man" demeanor and approachability have resulted in his being embraced by the Chicago sports community.

Hailing from Calumet City, John prepped at Thornton Fractional North High School. After a stellar high school career, the self-proclaimed "dashing young Croatian" took his skills to Eastern Illinois University, where he earned All-American honors and was the Gateway Conference Defensive Player of the Year in '88 and in '89. Jurko signed with the Dolphins as an undrafted free agent in April, 1990.

During Jurko's playing days, he seized every opportunity he was given to do radio and television. He started in radio in '92, while with the Packers, and soon added television to his resume. Jurko also was a regular contributor to radio and television programs while playing for the Jaguars and the Browns.

After his NFL career, Jurko continued his TV duties, doing color commentary for the Arena Football League on TNN in '01. John also broadcast games for NFL Europe that year and he was commissioned to do five NFL games in '01 and in '02 for Fox. Those experiences led him to the AFL Chicago Rush, for which he served as analyst for two seasons in '02 and in '03.

Jurko resides in Northwest Indiana, with his wife, Brandy, and their three children, Niko, Jake and Grace. His hobbies include golf, hunting and Texas hold'em. He is largely involved with several charties, including "The Friends of Michael Williams," which raises money for neuroblastoma research.


Favorite Chicago Bears:

  • Steve McMichael
  • Walter Payton
  • Doug Plank
  • Leslie Frazier
  • Jim McMahon 

    Favorite NFL players:

  • Dan Marino
  • Fred Biletnikoff
  • Jack Lambert
  • Brett Favre
  • Barry Sanders 

    Favorite Cubs: 

  • Bill Buckner
  • Mick Kelleher
  • Dennis Eckersley
  • Rick Monday
  • Jose Cardenal

    Favorite Chicagoland golf courses: 

  • Ruffled Feathers
  • Balmoral Woods
  • Cog Hill #4 Dubsdread
  • Seven Bridges
  • Rich Harvest Farms 

    Best courses played: 

  • Sawgrass (both courses)
  • Doral Blue Monster
  • Black Wolf Run (both)
  • Green Bay CC
  • Tidewater SC 

    Favorite Comedies: 

  • Caddyshack
  • Stripes
  • Old School
  • Dodge Ball
  • Van Wilder 


  • Favorite Actors: 

  • Robert DeNiro
  • Al Pacino
  • Jack Nicholson
  • Clint Eastwood
  • Paul Newman 

    Favorite Sports (other than "The Big 4"): 

  • NASCAR
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Hunting
  • Pro Wrestling 

    Favorite Music: 

  • Warren Zevon
  • Pink Floyd
  • Toby Keith
  • Elton John
  • Motley Crue 

    Favorite Chicagoans: 

  • Mike Ditka
  • Eddie Vrdolyak
  • Bozo the Clown
  • Jeremy Piven
  • Michael Jordan 

    Favorite radio personalities: 

  • Larry Lujack and Tommy Edwards
  • Dahl & Meier
  • Heavy Fuel Crew
  • Chet Coppock
  • Les Grobstein overnights 
  • Mission Statement
    The purpose of the Saint Mary Men's Club is:
    • To provide a forum for the men of Saint Mary Parish to increase their knowledge and love of God and the Catholic Faith.
    • To plan and host social events in order to foster camaraderie among parishioners.
    • To help maintain the physical plant of the parish through occasional volunteer efforts.
    • To be positive role models for the boys and young men of our parish and our community.

    The Saint Mary Men's club will be active in three main areas:

    • Faith Formation - Prayer, retreats, Men's Club masses, etc.
    • Service - Help with occasional clean-up, maintenance, and improvement projects, or other projects that benefit Saint Mary Church and School.
    • Social Activities - All kinds.
    Membership in the Saint Mary Men's Club is open to all Men associated with Saint Mary Parish or School. Meetings are on the second Monday of each month at 8:30 PM locations to be posted. Come share your ideas for what we can do to help Saint Mary Parish become a better and stronger community for years to come.

    Men's Club Calendar