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Charlie Stukes

Charlie Stukes, a native of Chesapeake, Virginia, was one of the greatest athletes ever at Crestwood High School, starring in football, basketball and baseball. Stukes was a two-sport star athlete at Maryland State College, now University of Maryland Eastern Shore. …

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Dre Bly

Dre Bly, a native of Chesapeake, Virginia, graduated from Western Branch High School, where he was an all-state high school football player before attending the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. As a redshirt freshman, Bly led the nation…

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Cornell Brown

Cornell Brown, a native of Lynchburg, VA and graduate of Virginia Tech, is considered by many to be the first high-profile recruit of the Frank Beamer era. Brown, a defensive end, started four seasons for the Hokies and helped them…

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Lawrence Burton

Lawrence Burton, a native of Melfa, VA and graduate of Purdue University, was an All-American flanker and first round draft pick of the New Orleans Saints in 1975. Burton was also a world-class sprinter who finished fourth in the 200…

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Robert Pratt Jr.

Robert Pratt, Jr., a native of Richmond, VA, started his football career at St. Christopher’s School in Richmond where he eventually earned a full scholarship to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1970. At UNC, he started…

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Jesse “Sonny” Wade

Jesse "Sonny" Wade was born on April 1, 1947 in Martinsville, Virginia where he attended Martinsville High School. After graduation, he went on to Emory & Henry College where he participated in football, basketball and baseball. Wade was voted Virginia's…

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George Welsh

George Welsh, born in Coaldale, Pennsylvania, graduated from the U. S. Naval Academy in 1956, where he was an All-American quarterback. After a nine-year turn as an assistant coach at Penn State University, Welsh became head coach at his alma…

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J.R. Wilburn

In an era when Virginia’s finest high school football stars sought college football programs outside of Virginia, J. R. Wilburn was no different from those high school football standouts, choosing to attend the University of South Carolina.  Wilburn was recruited…

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Kenneth Willard

Ken Willard was born in Richmond, Virginia where he grew up and attended Varina High School. He was not only an outstanding athlete, but also a good student, being selected to numerous academic honor societies. Willard earned 16 varsity letters…

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William “Monk” Younger

William Lee “Monk” Younger was born in Danville, Virginia but grew up in Lynchburg, Virginia, where he earned enough athletic recognition there to have long since been enshrined with some kind of permanent honor.  He lettered two years as an…

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