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Personal information
Date of birth: (1960-07-22) July 22, 1960 (age 59)
Place of birth: Las Vegas, Nevada
Career information
College: Idaho State
NFL Draft: 1982 / Round: 6 / Pick: 154
No regular season or postseason appearances
Career history
* Detroit Lions ( 1982 1984)
Career highlights and awards
Games played     4
Passing yards     193
Stats at
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Michael Bruce Machurek (born July 22, 1960) is a former American football quarterback in the National Football League with the Detroit Lions. He is best known for playing college football with the Idaho State Bengals.


Born in Las Vegas, Nevada, Machurek was raised in San Diego, California. He graduated from its James Madison High School in 1978 and played his first two college seasons at San Diego City College (1978–79).[1][2] As a junior college transfer, Machurek then played for two seasons at Idaho State University (ISU) in Pocatello under new head coach Dave Kragthorpe.[3][4] The team had just gone 0–11 under prior head coach Bud Hake.[5]

Machurek was second team All-Big Sky as a junior in 1980,[6] and the Bengals were a much improved 6–5. As a senior, he was undefeated as a starter and was a first team All-American selection.[7][8] Machurek missed a road game at Montana in mid-October due to mononucleosis;[9][10] with backup Dirk Koetter at quarterback, the Bengals lost by three points.[11] After a timely idle week, Machurek returned and led ISU to seven straight victories, as the team won the 1981 NCAA Division I-AA Football Championship Game.

Machurek was a sixth round selection in the 1982 NFL Draft; he was on the Lions' roster for three seasons (1982–1984). For the Lions, Machurek appeared in four games, all in 1984, completing 14 of 43 passes for 193 yards and six interceptions.

Personal lifeEdit

In July 1983, Machurek underwent several surgeries for skin cancer (second degree melanoma).[12] He was inducted to the ISU Hall of Fame in 1991.[13]


  1. Barrow, Bob (November 7, 1980). "Timberline's Ed White to lead Bengal linebackers against Idaho". Lewiston Morning Tribune ((Idaho)): p. 3B.
  2. Barrow, Bob (November 9, 1980). "Bengals dash Idaho's Big Sky title hopes". Lewiston Morning Tribune ((Idaho)): p. 2C.
  5. "Bengals ride like the wind". Lewiston Morning Tribune. Associated Press ((Idaho)): p. 2D. December 20, 1981.
  6. "Big Sky: All-conference, second team". Lewiston Morning Tribune. Associated Press ((Idaho)): p. 2C. December 4, 1980.
  7. "All-American: Idaho State's Machurek named". Lewiston Morning Tribune. Associated Press ((Idaho)): p. 4C. December 24, 1981.
  8. "Little All-America". Spokesman-Review. Associated Press ((Spokane, Washington)): p. 19. December 24, 1981.
  9. Emerson, Paul (October 31, 1981). "UI hopes to spook Bengals". Lewiston Morning Tribune ((Idaho)): p. 1C.
  10. "Big Sky: Idaho's Davis overlooked". Lewiston Morning Tribune. wire and staff reports ((Idaho)): p. 1B. December 2, 1981.
  11. "Montana knocks off Idaho State". Lewiston Morning Tribune. Associated Press ((Idaho)): p. 7C. October 18, 1981.
  12. "Machurek almost ready". Argus-Press. Associated Press ((Owosso, Michigan)): p. 10. August 9, 1983.
  13. Guernsey, Madison (August 10, 2017). "ISU football: Former Bengals QB Machurek sounds off on ISU admins". Retrieved May 11, 2019.

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