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An All-North Central Conference defensive end for North Dakota State in 1966, Vukelich was co-captain of that football team that won a share of the league title and was top-ranked in the nation for most of the season before finishing 8-2. He was the MVP on the 1966 squad. He was a three-year starter on the varsity, including the 1964 team that went 10-1 while winning the Mineral Water Bowl and the 1965 team that went 11-0 en route to a Pecan Bowl victory and the national championship. After earning a degree in industrial engineering in 1967, he joined the U.S. Army as an engineer, earning the rank of captain. He served in Vietnam where was awarded the Bronze Star. Vukelich has been the national account manager for AT&T since 1983.