Teel Time: Trey Edmunds the latest son of a former NFL player drawn to Hokies

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Trey Edmunds’ commitment to Virginia Tech on Friday continues a long line of former NFL players’ sons drawn to the Hokies’ program.

Edmunds is a linebacker from Dan River High near Danville and his father, Ferrell, was a two-time Pro Bowl tight end for the Miami Dolphins after an All-ACC career at Maryland. His Pro Bowl seasons were 1989 and ’90, his second and third in the NFL.

Tech’s 2011 roster includes two sons of former pros: linebacker Jeron Gouveia-Winslow’s father, Kurt Gouveia, played 13 NFL seasons as a linebacker, most for the Washington Redskins; long snapper Collin Carroll’s dad, Jay, was a tight end for two seasons, one each for Miami and Minnesota.

Plus, freshman walk-on candidate Josh Trimble’s late father, Steve, was a reserve defensive back for four year. Steve Trimble was the coach at Bishop O’Connell High in Arlington when he died in his office last month.

Edmunds is the Hokies’ second 2012 pledge to hail from an NFL home. Defensive lineman Alston Smith of Virginia Beach’s Cox High is the son of former Tech All-American and Pro Football Hall of Famer Bruce Smith.

Former Redskins tight end Don Warren sent three sons to play for Frank Beamer: Beau, Blake and Brett. Similarly, ex-Hokies Chad and Cody Grimm are the sons of Hall of Fame offensive lineman Russ Grimm, now an Arizona Cardinals assistant coach.

Cody Grimm has been the most successful of the NFL sons. He was an All-ACC linebacker for the Hokies and last season as a rookie not only made the Tampa Bay Buccaneers roster as a seventh-round draft choice but also became their starting free safety.

Among them all, Edmunds appears the most acclaimed. He chose Tech over Maryland, North Carolina and Virginia and also received offers from Tennessee, Vanderbilt and Texas Tech.

By my count that's 10 sons of NFL alums to play for Beamer. Am i missing anyone?

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Turns out I did forget/overlook a few. Tech sports information ayatollah Bryan Johnston adds the following Hokies with NFL dads, all of whom played collegiately at Tech:

Chad Beasley, whose father, Tom, played nine NFL seasons as a defensive lineman.

Billy Hardee and father Billy, who played two pro seasons as a defensive back.

Kenny Lewis Jr., and father Kenny, a three-year NFL running back.

Thanks, Bryan.


 

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