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These alumni are recognized for their work in athletics.

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Michael Vick

Michael Vick (sociology 2003) was Virginia Tech’s star quarterback from 1999-2000. During his freshman year, Vick led Tech to its first undefeated season since 1918, culminating with the Hokies’ first-ever national championship game against Florida State. That season also netted Vick an ESPY Award as the nation's top college player and the first-ever Archie Griffin Award as college football's most valuable player. After his third year at Tech, Vick entered the 2001 NFL draft and was the No. 1 pick, selected by the Atlanta Falcons, making him the first-ever African-American quarterback to be taken first. In 2009, Vick joined the Philadelphia Eagles. (Did not graduate.)

Antonio Freeman

Antonio Freeman (housing and residential management 1995) played in the NFL from 1995-2004. The wide receiver was drafted by the Green Bay Packers in 1995 and played with them until 2001, during which the team played in two Super Bowls and won one. He was also a member of the 1998 Pro Bowl team. In addition to his second stint with the Packers -- 2003-04, after which he retired -- Freeman played for the Philadelphia Eagles. During his career, Freeman had three 1,000-yard receiving seasons. In 2006, Freeman won a Pop Warner Award for his work with youth.

Dell Curry

Dell Curry (sociology 1990) was selected 15th overall in the 1986 NBA draft by the Utah Jazz and played in the league for 16 years, 10 of them for the Charlotte Hornets. Curry, who earned the NBA Sixth Man of the Year Award after the 1993-94 season, retired from basketball in 2001. In 1998, Curry started the Dell Curry Foundation in Charlotte, N.C. -- since renamed Athletes United for Youth -- which helps area youth through skill-based programs and community service projects.

Vernell “Bimbo” Coles

Vernell “Bimbo” Coles (housing, interior design, and resource management 1990) was Virginia Tech’s first student-athlete to participate in the Olympics, playing point guard on the 1988 U.S. basketball team in South Korea. He is the all-time leading scorer in the Metro Conference with 2,484 points. He played in the NBA, ending his 14-year career with the Miami Heat after the 2003-04 season. Today he lives and works in West Virginia, where he grew up. (Did not graduate.)

Bruce Smith

Bruce Smith (general arts and sciences 1985) played as a defensive end in the NFL for 19 seasons, starting when the Buffalo Bills took him as the No. 1 overall draft pick in 1985. He was with the Bills for 14 seasons, during which he played in four Super Bowls and was elected to the Pro Bowl every year from 1988 to 1999, save for 1992. After the 1999 season, Smith played with the Washington Redskins until he retired in 2004. Smith, whose Virginia Tech jersey number -- 78 -- has been retired, was voted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2006 and the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2009. He holds the NFL record for career quarterback sacks. (Did not graduate.)

Franklin Stubbs

Franklin Stubbs (recreation 1982) was a Major League Baseball player from 1984-1995. He played first base for the Los Angeles Dodgers from 1984-1989; the team won the 1988 World Series. He later played for the Houston Astros (1990), Milwaukee Brewers (1991-1992), and Detroit Tigers (1995). In 1992, he was elected to the Virginia Tech Sports Hall of Fame. (Did not graduate.)

Wayne Robinson

Wayne Robinson (finance 1980) is a recruitment manager for Nucor and senior pastor of the nondenominational New Millennium Christian Center in Greensboro, N.C. The 6 foot 9 inch basketball forward/center played a key role in the Hokies’ 81-35 record during his four seasons on the team, including the Metro Conference Championship -- its only one -- in 1979. Robinson was the first pick of the Los Angeles Lakers in the second round of the 1980 NBA draft and played for the Lakers and Detroit Pistons before playing professionally in Italy and Spain for a decade.

Frank Beamer

Frank Beamer (distributive education 1969), head football coach at Virginia Tech since 1987, directed his players through an undefeated season in 1999 and on to the national championship game in the Sugar Bowl, where the Hokies lost to Florida State. Throughout his career, Beamer has earned 10 coach of the year awards and the 2004 Humanitarian Award, won three Big East Conference championships and four ACC championships, and guided the Hokies to 18 consecutive bowl appearances.

Don Strock

Don Strock (secondary education 1973) played quarterback for Virginia Tech and in 1972 led the nation in total passing and total offense. Strock still holds several passing records at Virginia Tech and was inducted into the Virginia Tech Athletics Hall of Fame in 1985. Strock played quarterback in the NFL from 1973 through 1989 and spent 14 years (1973-1987) with the Miami Dolphins. On Sept. 13, 2000, Strock was named head football coach at Florida International University -- the first in that school’s history -- and held the position until the end of the 2006 season.

Carroll Dale

Carroll Dale (vocational and industrial education 1964) was Tech’s first All-American football player. As a professional, he won one NFL championship and two Super Bowl rings. He was selected for the Pro Bowl in 1969, 1970, and 1971 and has been inducted into four halls of fame.

Johnny Oates

Johnny Oates (health and physical education 1968), a catcher signed by the Baltimore Orioles in 1970, was a Major League Baseball player until 1981. In 1989, Oates returned to the Orioles as first-base coach and became team manager in 1991. Oates, who won The Sporting News Manager of the Year Award in 1993, left the next year and was hired by the Texas Rangers. In 1996, Oates led the Rangers to their first playoff appearance in team history and won the American League Manager of the Year Award. Oates retired in 2001.

Chi-Tung Sidney Chen

Chi-Tung Sidney Chen (M.S. agriculture and applied economics 1929) was a star athlete in China. He distinguished himself in China as the national titleholder of high and low hurdles, established a record in the Far Eastern Olympics, was the chief pitcher for the Shanghai baseball team, played center on China’s basketball team in the Far Eastern Olympics, and served as captain of the Chinese track team in the Seventh Far Eastern Olympics.

C. Hunter Carpenter

C. Hunter Carpenter (agricultural engineering 1902; graduate student 1903-04, 1905-06) was the first Virginia Tech player elected to the National Football Hall of Fame. He played fullback on the 1899 and 1900 teams and halfback on the 1901, 1902, 1903, and 1905 teams, serving as captain in 1902. In 1904, he went to the University of North Carolina for a year of law study and played on the football team.