NFL players work out on the tri-oval grass at Daytona International Speedway.

Kick in The Grass: NFL Players Try Out the Tri-Oval

Placekickers, Punters, Returners Stage Unique Exhibition in Daytona International Speedway Grass

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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (July 11, 2017) – It was a unique setting, to say the least: a group of National Football League players staging an impromptu workout Tuesday morning on the pristine tri-oval grass at Daytona International Speedway. For a couple of hours, the world’s only motorsports stadium had the feel of a football stadium.


That’s not as surprising as some might think. There was a time when football was commonplace at the “World Center of Racing.” In 1959, the facility’s first year of operation, local high school Father Lopez played several games at DIS; in 1974-75, Bethune-Cookman University, also located in Daytona Beach, played four games at the speedway.


Participating in Tuesday’s exhibition in front of the stadium’s 101,500-seat layout were NFL placekickers Chris Boswell of the Pittsburgh Steelers, Cairo Santos of the Kansas City Chiefs and University of Florida All-American Caleb Sturgis of the Philadelphia Eagles; Buffalo Bills punter Austin Rehkow; and assisting with returns were Atlanta Falcons safety Ricardo Allen and Eric Metcalf, a former NFL All-Pro running back and returner. Allen is a graduate of Daytona Beach Mainland High School.


Those players are in Daytona Beach this month for the “One On One Kicking” camp being held at nearby Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. One On One Kicking offers elite training programs for kickers, punters, and long snappers of all ages, ranging from grade school to high school to college to professional. In addition to the pros, camp attendees took part in Tuesday’s speedway workout.


Sturgis was surprised when told of DIS’ football history, saying “I wasn’t aware of that. That’s pretty awesome. Today is just a neat experience. You can kick anywhere but very few times in your life do you get to experience something like this.”


Added former University of Idaho player Rehkov, who the Bills signed this spring as a free agent: “I’m so excited to get out there and hit some balls; it’s crazy to see all these seats here.”


Allen, who went on to play at Purdue, especially enjoyed the return trip home. The speedway is only a half-mile away from his prep alma mater.


“I never had tickets to the races, so to be able to come out and field punts and train on this field … this is like sacred ground,” Allen said.


Andrew Booth, DIS Public Relations
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WOFL FOX 35 | Orlando: NFL stars ‘kick it’ at football clinic at Daytona International Speedway

Bay News 9 | Tampa: NFL kickers take over Daytona International Speedway on Tuesday | Jacksonville: Daytona International Speedway plays host to NFL kickers (DIS press release)

Daytona Beach News Journal: Sturgis, Santos visit Daytona after career years

Daytona Beach News Journal


Daytona National Speedway


Bay News 9


Daytona Times: Pros share knowledge at football kicking clinic

Ormond Beach Observer: One on One Kicking held its clinic in the Tri-Oval at Daytona International Speedway

Kansas City Star: Chiefs’ Cairo Santos took practice kicks at Daytona Speedway

KSHB Ch. 41 | Kansas City: Chiefs’ Santos kicks at Daytona Speedway (DIS press release)


WESH Ch. 2 (NBC) | Orlando: Event Coverage UCF Football Player

WKMG News 6 (CBS) | Orlando

WOFL, FOX 35 | Orlando

WFTV (ABC)/Central Florida’s TV 27 | Orlando

FOX 30, Action News Jax | Jacksonville

KCTV (CBS) | Kansas City, Mo.

KSHB (NBC) | Kansas City, Mo.

WSPA (CBS) | Greenville, S.C.


WDBO-FM | Orlando


Pittsburgh Steelers

Twitter: DIS Post RT | Offseason vibes (7/14) | Chris Boswell

Instagram: Steelers | Chris Boswell

Philadelphia Eagles: Facebook post on July 11

Austin Rehkow (Buffalo Bills): Twitter

Nick Belcher (Jax Sharks): Instagram

Action Sports Jax | Jacksonville:

A new look for the DIS infield as football takes over for a day

Great local contingent here with Caleb Sturgis, Cairo Santos and Nick Belcher

Kansas Speedway:

Chiefs placekicker Cairo Santos had some fun with our friends at Daytona

Check out what Chiefs’ Cairo Santos had to say about his day at Daytona