At the beginning of the month, Virginia Tech head football coach Frank Beamer announced he would be retiring from his position at the end of the season, concluding 29 years of service to the football program.
With that in mind, and with two former Hokies on the team, the Redskins organization sent an inscribed football to Beamer and the Virginia Tech football program as a small thank you for his many years of coaching.
Beamer, 69, is the winningest active coach in the FBS and helped put Virginia Tech on the map during his tenure, collecting four ACC championships, three Big East titles and six trips to a Bowl Championship Series bowl game.
Cornerback DeAngelo Hall, a Virginia Tech standout from 2001-2003, still has a close connection with Beamer.
"Coach Beamer's been so much more than a football coach for me," Hall said. "Everybody always asked me when I first go in the league, 'Why did you go to Virginia Tech over some of these other schools?' It's that personal connection, that personal touch that those coaches just created with me and a lot of the other players that they were able to recruit and get to come to Blacksburg."
Rookie safety Kyshoen Jarrett, the other Hokie product, also had some nice words for his old ball coach.
"He has meant a lot," Jarrett said. "Everybody knows the term 'Beamerball' and what a great big deal special teams has been. Everybody is always going to remember him. He is such a great players coach and someone that you learn a lot from. You go from a child to a man while you are there. He has led a lot of guys to that stage. I'm happy for him and I'm happy to see what Virginia Tech does as well."