Posted: 1:50 pm Thursday, August 26th, 2010

Martin Gramatica to speak at Lou Groza Award banquet 

By Matt Porter

Former NFL kicker Martin Gramatica is the keynote speaker for this year’s Lou Groza Awards banquet, the Palm Beach County Sports Commission announced.



The event will take place on Dec. 7 at the Kravis Center in West Palm Beach. Gramatica will present the Lou Groza Award as part of The Home Depot ESPNU College Football Award Show broadcast live from Orlando on Dec. 9.

Gramatica was the 1997 Groza recipient following his junior year at Kansas State. Nicknamed ‘Automatica’, he was a 2000 Pro Bowl selection and a key contributor to Tampa Bay’s Super Bowl XXXVII championship. He graduated from La Belle High.

“We are honored to have such a remarkable and notable keynote speaker for the 2010 Lou Groza Award Banquet,” said Lou Groza Committee chairman Bill Davis. “We are very privileged to have a previous award recipient participate in this special occasion.”

The Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker of the Year Award has been awarded since 1992. It is given annually to the nation’s top collegiate place-kicker as determined by a panel of Division 1 head coaches, sports writers and sportscasters from across the country, conference representatives, professional kickers and previous winners.

UCLA’s Kai Forbath took home last year’s award, and his is one of the names on the 2010 watch list. Florida’s Caleb Sturgis and Florida State’s Dustin Hopkins and Miami’s Matt Bosher are also included. The full list can be found here.