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Dietz Named Spalding Rookie of the Year

August 17, 2006 - arenafootball2 (af2) - Louisville Fire News Release

The arenafootball2 league office announced today that Louisville Fire quarterback Brett Dietz has been named Spalding Rookie of the Year for the 2006 season. Dietz, a former Hanover Panther and Covington Catholic Colonel, led the Fire to a 9-7 record and third consecutive playoff berth.

Dietz, who set and Arena Football record with 12 touchdown passes in a game on June 17 at Albany, finished the season with 90 touchdown passes and 11 rushing touchdowns for a total of 101 touchdowns, a Fire single season record. Dietz also completed 71.2% of his passes while throwing just 10 interceptions.

Dietz finished the 2006 season in the top five of several passing categories including first in pass efficiency (126.7) and pass completion percentage. The following is a break down of Dietz's rank in passing categories:

FIRE

Player Rank Category Stat

DIETZ, Brett 4 Passing Yards/G 263.6

DIETZ, Brett 6 Total Offense/G 266.2

DIETZ, Brett T-1 Pass Efficiency 126.7

DIETZ, Brett 3 Total Offense TD's 101

DIETZ, Brett 4 Total Offense 4260

DIETZ, Brett 1 Pass Comp. Pct. 71.2

DIETZ, Brett 4 Passing TD's 90

DIETZ, Brett 4 Passing Yards 4217

DIETZ, Brett 2 Completions 370

"Brett's progression throughout the season was fun to watch," said Fire coach Tommy Johnson. "Once he fully grasped the offense we knew the sky was the limit for him and this award shows that."

Dietz was honored twice by the af2 during the season in Week's 11 and 12 he was named Schutt Offensive Player of the Week.

This is the third season ending league award in the Fire's history. Matt Sauk was named offensive player of the year last season and Danny Kight was named kicker of the year in 2005.

Season tickets for the 2007 season are now on sale starting at just $80. Tickets can be purchased at louisvillefirefootball.com or by calling 502-368-0009.

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