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Former Red Flash Player Palko Joins Cardinals' NFL Staff
Former Saint Francis football player Luke Palko has joined the staff of the Arizona Cardinals, as announced by the organization.
Palko will work as a scout for the team, and will cover collegiate programs in Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas, Missouri, Oklahoma, Kansas, Iowa and Minnesota. He will be based primarily out of Texas.
“I’m very excited to join the Cardinals organization,” said Palko. “I’m hoping to learn more through new challenges and opportunities. Hopefully I’ll get to help win some Super Bowls.”
Prior to joining the Cardinals, Palko was an intern in the scouting department with the Pittsburgh Steelers since June of 2007.
“I’d be remiss if I didn’t thank the Rooney family and the Steelers organization,” said Palko. “It’s nice to see them take a chance with a young kid, and I’m grateful for the opportunity.”
Palko was a wide receiver for the Red Flash from 2003-2006. He is second in school history in both career receiving yardage (2,020 yards) and career receptions (225). He sits fourth on the school’s all-time list with 13 receiving touchdowns, and seventh in all-purpose yardage with 2,229 yards.
Also a stand out in the classroom, Palko garnered ESPN The Magazine Academic All-American attention in both 2005 and 2006. Palko was named to the First Team in 2005, and earned a spot on the District II teams in both 2005 and 2006. He was also one of 17 finalists for the 2006 Draddy Trophy, awarded to collegiate football’s best scholar-athlete.
In Arizona, Palko will be reunited with his older brother, former Pitt stand out Tyler Palko, who is a quarterback in the organization.
“They just happened to have openings for the both of us,” said the younger Palko. “It’s going to be neat to see him practice, and it will be really fun for my parents.”
By Saint Francis University Athletic Communications