||Nov. 3, 1908
||Jan 8, 1990
||Born in Rainy River, Ontario
Moved to International Falls, Minnesota
||Married to Eileen Kane
|Height & Weight:
||6'2", 235 pounds
||The Body Block
World Heavyweight title defeating Dean Detton 1937
NWA World title defeating Lou Thesz 1939;
NWA World title defeating Ray Steele 1941;
Bronko Nagurski was born in 1908 in the small border town of Rainy River, Ontario to parents Michael and Amelia Nagurski..
Bronko grew up an athlete in Minnesota, having to run four miles each day to school and back to the family farm..
Bronko loved wrestling and boxing as a teen, but his mother tried to dissuade him, frightened that he might get hurt..
Bronko was probably best known for his accomplishments on the football field..
Bronko was an All-American at the University of Minnesota from 1927 to 1929..
Bronko was the only player in U.S. college history to make all-star at two positions -- fullback and tackle..
1930: Bronko was signed by George Halas to the Chicago Bears, and helped the Bears to championships in 1932 and 1933..
Bronko has a bust in the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio..
1933: Bronko got into wrestling, where he was managed by Tony Stecher (brother of former NWA World champ Joe Stecher)..
February 1933: Bronko debuted, defeated Tag Tagerson in four minutes..
June 23, 1939: Bronko defeated Lou Thesz to win the NWA Heavyweight Championship of the World..
~~~March 7, 1940: Ray Steel defeated Bronko for the title..
March 11, 1941: Bronko defeated Ray Steele to recapture the NWA Heavyweight Championship of the World..
~~~June 5, 1941: Sandor Szabo defeated Bronko Nagurski for the NWA Heavyweight Wrestling title ..
June 29, 1937: Bronko Nagurski defeated Dean Detton for a different version of the World title..
1960: Nagurski retired from wrestling a physical wreck..
Nagurski ran a gas station in International Falls, Minnesota..
Jan 8, 1990: Nagurski passes away..
December 28, 1936: Nagurski married his childhood sweetheart Eileen Kane..
Christmas Day 1937: Nagurski and his wife had a child, who they named after his father..
~~~Bronko Junior would go on to play eight seasons with the Hamilton Ti-Cats of the Canadian Football League..