The Starkville Rotary Club got a taste of American football from a foreign perspective with a talk from author and attorney Margerita Jurkovic.
Jurkovic is a native of Slovenia, who came to Mississippi to study law at Mississippi College through an international exchange program. While practicing at Frascogna Entertainment and Sports Law in Jackson, Jurkovic got the idea to write about American football from her own Slovenian perspective.
She was encouraged to do so by Mike Frascogna, the senior partner at the firm. To create the book, titled “Margerita’s Gridiron Adventures: a Slovenian Lawyer’s Crash Course in American Football Culture,” she attended football games at all levels across the South and wrote of her experiences.
“I will tell you about my first football game ever,” Jurkovic said. “It was Jackson Academy playing Lamar. I came to the game with Mike and his lovely wife, Julie. We’re of course, waiting for the game to start, and the cheerleaders ware already there. Everything was so prepared.” Then the game began.
“I saw these guys hitting each other, helmets cracking, falling down everywhere,” Jurkovic said. “I grabbed Mike and said ‘this is violent. You’ve got to stop this.’ He looked at me and laughed. He said ‘don’t worry, there’s an ambulance parked outside.’”
She also attended games at Mississippi State University and at East Mississippi Community College’s Scooba campus, as well as Ole Miss, Jackson State University and Louisiana State University.
What’s more, she got to meet MSU’s “Bully” mascot.
“He was blowing me kisses,” Jurkovic said. “I think he was my favorite mascot.”
Jurkovic’s book is available on Amazon.com and at Book Mart & Café in Starkville.
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