Bronislau 'Bronko' Nagurski (November 3, 1908--January 7, 1990) was a Canadian-born American football player. He was also a successful professional wrestler, recognized as a multiple-time world heavyweight champion. Nagurski was born in Rainy River, Ontario, Canada, of Polish-Ukrainian descent, and his family moved to International Falls, Minnesota, when he was still a boy. His parents, 'Mike' and Michelina Nagurski, were immigrants, from Western Ukraine (Halychyna/Galicia). Young Bronislau grew up working on his parents' farm and sawmill, delivering groceries for his father's grocery store and in his teens laboring at nearby timbering operations, growing into a powerfully muscular 6 footer. Nagurski was discovered and signed by University of Minnesota Head Coach Clarence 'Fats' Spears, who drove up to International Falls and arriving watched Nagurski out plowing a field.
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