Valley High School Named to NFL Super Bowl Honor Roll
Valley High School alum and former National Football League (NFL) player Justin Hartwig will present Valley Principal Tim Miller, Activities Director Brad Rose, and Football Coach Gary Swenson with a commemorative Wilson Golden Football on Friday, Jan. 29. The presentation will take place during halftime at the Valley basketball game against Dowling Catholic, which starts at 7:45 p.m. at Valley High School, 3650 Woodland Ave., West Des Moines. A reception with Hartwig, held in the Valley commons area, will follow the basketball game.
The football presentation is part of the NFL’s Super Bowl High School Honor Roll initiative, which recognizes schools and communities that contributed to Super Bowl history. High schools worldwide will receive one football for each player or head coach who graduated from their school and was on an active Super Bowl roster. The Honor Roll initiative, which will become an annual Super Bowl tradition, is one way the NFL is celebrating the upcoming Super Bowl 50 through the “On the Fifty” campaign.
Hartwig graduated from Valley High School in 1997. A three-sport athlete, he earned All-State honors and led the football team to the playoffs twice during his time playing for Valley. He was drafted in the 2002 NFL Draft and was in the starting lineup for the victorious Pittsburgh Steelers at Super Bowl XLIII (43) in 2009.
The NFL Foundation will also provide Super Bowl High School Honor Roll schools with a new character education curriculum and the opportunity to apply for grants that will support football programs. The Valley football program is led by 2012 Iowa Football Coach of the Year Gary Swenson. The varsity team has won five state championships in the past 12 years, most recently in 2011. They played in the 2015-16 semifinal game, ending the season with just two losses.
To see a video of Justin Hartwig’s presentation, visit the Valley High School Facebook page. More information about the “On the Fifty” campaign can be found at SuperBowl.com. For more information about the Valley High School football team, please visit www.wdmcs.org/schools/valley.