April 29, 2006
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - - Senior offensive guard Jason Spitz of the University of Louisville football team was selected in the third round of the National Football League Draft on Saturday evening by the Green Bay Packers.
Spitz was the 75th selection overall on the day and was the only Cardinals' player to be drafted on the first day. He's the first U of L offensive lineman to be drafted since Roman Oben was a third round selection in 1996.
Spitz is a versatile and physical athlete who can play both guard positions. He started his final 39 straight games for the Cardinals at guard and earned post-season accolades in each of his last three seasons. He was a first team All-BIG EAST honoree this season after leading Louisville to a 9-3 record and a berth in the 2006 Toyota Gator Bowl.
"I'm very happy to be going to a great franchise like Green Bay," said Spitz. "I'm very excited and it's a dream come true. I was getting pretty nervous, but this is a great situation. I think I have an oportunity through hard work to get playing time in my first season so it's a great situation for me."
Playing on an offense that led the county in total offense and scoring in 2004, Spitz played 12 games at guard and earned second team All-Conference USA honors. He was a second-team honoree in 2003, as well.
"Jason started every game while I've been the head coach of the University of Louisville," said head coach Bobby Petrino. "Jason is a tenacious player and a fierce competitor. I know he can be successful at the next level. I'm happy for him and his family."