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Former L-W East Standout Gettis Recognized at University of Iowa Football Bash

Senior offensive lineman Adam Gettis named a co-winner of Iowa's Hayden Fry Extra Heartbeat Award.

Adam Gettis is known for giving a little bit extra in the football trenches.

Gettis, a 6-foot-4, 280-pound senior offensive lineman at the University of Iowa and former Lincoln-Way East standout, was recognized for his diligence during the Hawkeyes' annual awards banquet Saturday at the Marriott Coralville Hotel and Conference Center in Coralville, Iowa.

He was named as a co-winner of the Hayden Fry Extra Heartbeat Award.

For Gettis, the award followed on the heels of productive season. He was named to the coaches' second All-Big Ten team after starting every game at offensive left guard for the Hawkeyes. He shared the "Heartbeat" honor with teammate Tyler Nielsen.

The Hayden Fry Award is given in honor of Iowa's Hall of Fame coach. Hayden Fry retired after the 1998 season with a 20-year record of 143-89-6. The award goes to players who give "a little extra" at all times.

Gettis' work in the trenches helped the Hawkeyes notch a 7-5 overall record and 4-4 mark in Big Ten play. Iowa faces No. 19 Oklahoma in the Insight Bowl on Dec. 30 at Tempe, Ariz.

Then, Gettis will turn his thoughts to a pro career. He is projected as a fourth- to sixth-round NFL Draft pick. He graduated from Lincoln-Way East in 2007.

Rebecca Wharrie December 20, 2011 at 03:05 AM
I have known Adam for about 8 years. He's talented, hardworking, dedicated and one of the nicest young men out there. Whether he plays for the NFL or goes to work as a business man, he will do great things. I am proud to call him a friend and to have watched this journey he is on. Congrats Adam!
Cheryl December 21, 2011 at 12:43 AM
This is such a great accomplishment. He is a friend of my son and he is just a nice young man. He deserves it. Hardwork and determination does workout.

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