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Edwin “Ed” Merrick

Ed Merrick, both as a player and coach, became a legend at the University of Richmond. He entered Richmond as a freshman in 1936 and started off playing football, basketball and baseball. He was named All-State in football in 1938-1939…

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Arthur Jones

Art Jones was an all-around athlete at Suffolk High School, lettering for three years in football, track, and tennis and four times in basketball. Jones holds the Suffolk High record for being awarded the most letters in sports, a total…

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Henry W. Jordan

Henry Jordan began his outstanding athletic career at Warwick High School. He lettered in three sports, football, track, and wrestling. Jordan was co-captain of the football team and was named All-Tidewater, Eastern District, and All-State Honorable Mention. As a junior,…

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Leroy Keyes

Leroy Keyes was a graduate of Carver High School in Newport News where he was a three-sport star in football, basketball and track. Following his successful high school football career, he received offers from both the Army and Notre Dame…

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William Lanier

Willie Edward Lanier was born August 21, 1945, in Clover, Virginia.  He graduated from Maggie Walker High School in 1963 and attended Morgan State University where he received his degree in Business Administration in 1967.   He attended the Executive Program…

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Jimmy Leech

James C. “Jimmy” Leech, born in Lexington, Virginia became Virginia Military Institute’s first bona-fide All-American football player.  He entered VMI in the fall of 1916 and graduated in 1920 scoring an unbelievable 210 points that year, while leading VMI to…

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William H. Lewis

William H. Lewis was born in Norfolk in 1868.  He first played football as a center at Amherst College where he was captain of the team. In 1892, Lewis entered Harvard Law School and under the eligibility rules at that…

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Joseph “Buddy” Lex

Joseph “Buddy” Lex was born February 23, 1926 in Norfolk, Virginia.  He was an outstanding high school athlete at Newport News High School, making all-state in basketball and football including all-southern in football. In 1944-45, Lex was in the army…

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Frank Loria

Frank Loria, Virginia Tech’s first consensus football All-American gained this honor in 1965 and 1966 as a safety man.  He, according to his former coach Jerry Claiborne just made things happen and had a knack for football that you find…

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Thad Madden

Thad Madden was born in Culpepper County, Virginia in 1916, where he participated in track because his high school did not have a football coach. Track was his only competitive sport at Virginia State, however he picked up the rudiments…

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