Groza Finalist Kicks Saints into Super Bowl XLIV

January 25, 2010


For Immediate Release

January 25, 2010

Contact: Joe Maltese



Former Lou Groza Award Finalist Kicks Saints into Super Bowl XLIV in South Florida

A past finalist of the Palm Beach County Sports Commission’s national Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Award kicked the New Orleans Saints into its  first-ever Super Bowl appearance.

Garrett Hartley, place-kicker for the New Orleans Saints, yesterday kicked the 40-yard overtime field goal to defeat the Minnesota Vikings in the NFC Championship game.  The Saints will play the Indianapolis Colts in Super Bowl XLIV on February 6 at Dolphin Stadium.

Hartley is a 2006 Lou Groza Award finalist who played for the University of Oklahoma.  The national Lou Groza Award Place-Kicker Award is the product of the Palm Beach County Sports Commission, and selects the nation’s top Division 1 place-kicker. The award presentation occurs live nationally on ESPN.

For more information about the Lou Groza Awards, visit

About the Palm Beach County Sports Commission

The Palm Beach County Sports Commission is a private, not-for-profit organization contracted by Palm Beach County to promote and market the County as a sports and sports tourism destination. The Commission brings sporting events and activities to the County, enhances economic impact, stimulates bed tax revenues (primarily in the off-season), and maximizes utilization of County facilities. The Commission offers a full range of event service support, corporate partnerships, sponsorships and a local membership program that support its goals. Local, regional, national and international marketing efforts are ongoing by the Commission with sports organizations and event owners. The Commission also produces sports-related programs for the residents of Palm Beach County including the annual Lou Groza Awards program, the Sports Hall of Fame, the Kids Fitness Festival and awards the annual Sam Budnyk Student-Athlete Scholarship. For more information on the Palm Beach County Sports Commission go to

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