Jurevicius' Son Passes Away

March 25 - Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Joe Jurevicius' son, Michael, who had been hospitalized since January due to complications resulting from his premature birth, passed away Monday night in St. Louis. Information regarding donations and expressions of sympathy will be announced when arrangements have been finalized.

Buccaneers wide receiver Joe Jurevicius' son, Michael William, lost his three-month fight to overcome his premature birth when he passed away in a St. Louis hospital on Monday night.

Michael Jurevicius had been hospitalized since January 14 due to his premature birth and his condition never improved enough for Joe and his wife, Meagan, to bring their first child home.

"Meagan and I want to thank everyone for their support and wishes during this time," said Joe Jurevicius. "The last few months have been both joyous and difficult for our family.

"Michael was very courageous and he enriched our lives for the short time that he was with us. We want to thank all of the doctors and nurses at St. Joseph's Women's Hospital, Tampa General Hospital and St. Louis Children's Hospital for their help and care, and all of our fans for their support. Now we just need time to grieve.''

Joe Jurevicius missed almost a week's worth of practices leading up to Tampa Bay's NFC Championship Game against Philadelphia to tend to his ailing son, but he still managed to play and contribute during the Bucs' 27-10 win over the Eagles. Jurevicius' 71-yard reception help set up Tampa Bay's first offensive touchdown of the game.

One week later, Jurevicius hauled in four passes for 78 yards during Tampa Bay's 48-21 win over Oakland in Super Bowl XXXVII.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers organization expressed its sympathy after hearing of Michael Jurevicius' passing.

"The thoughts and prayers of the entire Buccaneer organization are with Joe and Meagan over the loss of Michael," said Bucs general manager Rich McKay.

Information regarding donations and expressions of sympathy will be announced when arrangements have been finalized.


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