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August 26, 2010
Contact: Kimberly Whetsel, Director of Marketing
Martin Gramatica to Serve as Keynote Speaker for the
2010 Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Award Banquet
WEST PALM BEACH, FL – The Palm Beach County Sports Commission announces Martin Gramatica as keynote speaker for the 2010 Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Award Banquet, taking place at the Kravis Center in West Palm Beach on December 7, 2010. Gramatica will also present the award as the announcement of the winner is made during The Home Depot ESPNU College Football Awards Show broadcast live from Orlando, Florida on December 9, 2010.
Gramatica was the 1997 Lou Groza Award recipient following his impactful junior season at Kansas State University. The Gramatica family relocated from Argentina to the U.S. in 1984 and playing football did not come until later. Martin Gramatica grew up playing soccer and did not kick an American football until his senior year at La Belle High School in La Belle, Florida. After an impressive season, he was recruited by Kansas State University where his kicking career coruscated.
a 65-yard field goal and became only the fourth Wildcat to be named an All-America. Throughout his collegiate career he made 54 out of 70 field goals and 187-192 PATs, earning a school record 349 points in four seasons. He also set the single-season school record with 135 points. Martin was a first-team All-America choice by the Associated Press both his junior and senior years.
Martin Gramatica has had a storied career in the NFL where he is respected as one of the best kickers in the game. He was selected in the third round of the 1999 NFL Draft by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and that first season, led all NFL rookies with 106 points and was named to the All-Rookie Team by Pro Football Weekly, College and Pro Football Newsweekly and Football Digest. The following season he earned a Pro Bowl nod and was selected to the Associated Press All-Pro second team as he broke or tied six Buccaneer single-season kicking records. In 2002, he set single-season team records for successful field goals (32) and points (128), and became the first Argentinean-American in history to win a Super Bowl when Tampa Bay won Super Bowl XXXVII. In 2003, he led the Buccaneers in points for the fifth straight season, totaling 81 points. Gramatica played nine seasons in the NFL including Tampa Bay Buccaneers (’99-’04), Indianapolis Colts (‘04, ’06), Dallas Cowboys (’06) and New Orleans Saints (’07-’08).
“We are honored to have such a remarkable and notable keynote speaker for the 2010 Lou Groza Award Banquet,”says Lou Groza Committee Chair, Bill Davis. “We are very privileged to have a previous award recipient participate in this special occasion.”
In 1992, The Palm Beach County Sports Commission established the Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker of the Year Award. This award, presented by the Orange Bowl Committee, is given annually to the nation’s top collegiate place-kicker as determined by a voting panel of Division 1 head coaches, sports writers and sportscasters from across the country, conference representatives, professional kickers and previous winners. The 2010 pre-season watch list was released on August 20 and can be found at LouGrozaAward.com, along with the season long watch list and “Stars of the Week” release.
About 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 supports 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 Palm Beach County Sports Hall of Fame, the Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Award, the Kids Fitness Festival of the Palm Beaches and awards the annual Sam Budnyk Student-Athlete Scholarship. For more information on the Palm Beach County Sports Commission go to www.palmbeachsports.com.