National champion Alex Folz waves to the national TV audience and the capacity NFL crowd as shown on the giant stadium screen in Denver.<br /><br /><!-- 1upcrlf2 -->
National champion Alex Folz waves to the national TV audience and the capacity NFL crowd as shown on the giant stadium screen in Denver.

Alex Folz, 13 year-old Spring Grove athlete, established a new national standard for his age group on Jan. 11 at the NFL Punt, Pass & Kick National Championships at Denver, CO. He and the other 2013 age group national champions were introduced to the nation on Jan. 12 during the telecast of the Denver Broncos playoff victory.

He edged out the second place finalist by only one yard, but his distance total of 463 feet, 11 inches far surpassed the previous record of 417 feet in the boys age 12-13 division.

Folz won the place kicking phase, tied with the top score in passing and was second in punting.

Asked about advice for other kids with similar goals, Folz told Minnesota NBC TV affiliates KARE and KTTC, "Just work as hard as you possibly can, Keep a straight mind and don't get too greedy at all."

Only the top ranking four boys and four girls in the nation in each age group qualify for the final competition.

Thousands of boys began with local competitions like the one Folz won in Spring Grove, sponsored by the Spring Grove Athletic Boosters.

That title sent him to one of several Minnesota region championships. That winning score qualified him for the next four-state round in Minneapolis during a Vikings game weekend. He won that contest but had to wait for results from the 31 other competitions to find out if his score would place him among the final four. He eventually learned he had the best qualifying score in the nation and would be traveling to an NFL playoff site yet to be determined.

Alex, a seventh grader, plays baseball and basketball as well as football, Currently, he may be seen playing in Lion junior high and B-team basketball games.

He is the son of Paul and Kristy Folz and the younger brother of 2014 senior three-sport athlete Aly Folz and illustrious Lion football alumnus Andy Folz.