Luke Petitgout

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A standout at Georgetown’s Sussex Central High School, Petitgout was a scholarship player at the University of Notre Dame under coaches Lou Holtz and Bob Davie. His collegiate career was so
outstanding, Petitgout was a first round pick in the 1999 NFL draft, selected 19th overall by the New York Giants. Petitgout played nine seasons in the NFL as an offensive tackle, eight with the
Giants and his final season in 2007 with Tampa Bay. Over those nine seasons he started 110 games, including the 2001 Super Bowl for New York. Sports Illustrated picked Petitgout to its All-Pro first
team after the 2001 season. At Notre Dame, Petitgout redshirted in 1994 then, over the next four seasons, grew from being a special teams performer to starting 21 out of 23 games at offensive tackle
for the Fighting Irish his last two seasons. After his senior season Petitgout was voted to the All-Independents team by the Football News; selected to play in the Senior Bowl All-Star game and was
one of six Notre Dame seniors invited to the NFL Combine. When he was picked 19th in the draft, Bob Davie, Petitgout’s coach his last two seasons at Notre Dame said, “Some people didn’t think Luke
could even play football (at) Notre Dame. His pick says a lot about the hard work he put in here at Notre Dame.” Petitgout was a first team All-State selection as a senior and a multiple All-Henlopen
Conference pick. He was selected for the 1994 Delaware Blue-Gold All-Star Game and played in the ’94 High School All-American Prep Game. Sussex Central High retired Petitgout’s football jersey (No.
90) in 1999. Petitgout remembered his roots when he went to the NFL, wearing uniform No. 77 in honor of the Georgetown Fire Company; the fire company voted him an associate/honorary member. He also
financed the weight room when the new Sussex Central High School was built.

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