Gridiron Greats Jarock, Krause to be Honored Saturday at Halftime

From Sports Information Director, October 9, 2012 | Football
by Dan Lukes, dan.lukes@snc.edu, (920) 403-4077

DE PERE - Norm Jarock and Larry Krause, two former football standouts who are the only two athletes in St. Norbert College history to have their jersey numbers retired, will be honored at halftime of Saturday's Homecoming game against Lawrence University at Schneider Stadium.

Jarock's No. 36 and Krause's No. 32 were both retired by St. Norbert not long after their playing careers concluded in 1957 and 1969, respectively. However, other than a mention in the annual football yearbook, no permanent fixture at Minahan Stadium or elsewhere indicated the honor. St. Norbert will be unveiling signage indicating the honors at Schneider Stadium for the first time at halftime this Saturday.

"It makes little sense to retire someone's number and then not have the general public be made aware of it," St. Norbert athletics director Tim Bald said. "We have an outstanding tradition here in football and it's important our history be remembered by new generations. With the newness of Schneider Stadium, we felt it was a perfect time to erect signage to honor their achievements."

Jarock, a 1958 St. Norbert graduate, was a running back for the Green Knights from 1954 to 1957. He was the first back to rush for 1,000 yards in a season finishing with that exact total in 1956. Jarock led the country in rushing with 1,306 yards in eight games in 1957, an average of 163.3 yards per game, as the Green Knights finished 8-0. In his last collegiate game, he rushed for 268 yards on 21 carries for four touchdowns in a 41-6 rout of UW-La Crosse at Minahan Stadium. He was a ninth-round draft choice (the 99th overall choice of the draft) of the Green Bay Packers in 1958, but broke his ankle in the first scrimmage and never played. Jarock's school long jump record of 23 feet 1 1/2 inches stood for 53 years from 1957 until it was broken in 2010.

Krause, a 1970 St. Norbert graduate, was a running back for the Green Knights from 1966 to 1969. He is the school's second all-time leading rusher with 3,034 yards, and he held the career rushing record for 36 years until it was surpassed in 2005. Krause's 1,325 rushing yards with 17 touchdowns in 1969 came against the likes of UW-Whitewater, Northern Michigan, Louisiana-Lafayette and Hillsdale. Krause was a 17th-round draft choice of the Green Bay Packers in 1970. He played in 51 career games with the Packers over four seasons, and is one of eight different Packers to have returned a kickoff at least 100 yards for a touchdown.