Catching Up With Chris Shreve

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Chris Shreve Profile

Current home: Boone, N.C.

Current job: Teaching in Health, Leisure and Exercise Science department
at Appalachian State University. Shreve teaches bio statistics and lifestyle
disease risk reduction.

Family: wife Tiffany, a nurse and masters candidate in nursing education.

At Virginia Tech: 2000-2003 seasons. Shreve walked on in the spring of
2000 and earned a scholarship for the 2003 season. He returned to school the
following year to complete work on a masters degree in health promotion. His
bachelors degree is in human nutrition, foods and exercise.

Nicknames: “A lot of people just called me Shreve.”

Best Virginia Tech moment: “The Rutgers game my senior year. That
was definitely my biggest game. First start, first touchdowns, all that in one
go.” Shreve caught four passes for 93 yards and two touchdowns on Oct. 4,
2003.

Least favorite Virginia Tech moment: “The game after that against
Syracuse when I kind of blew my shoulder out. I had to miss a couple of games
because of that. It kind of messed up my senior season a little bit.”

Favorite Blacksburg restaurant/hangout: Sycamore Deli and Mike’s Grill.
“It would be a toss-up. Those are both excellent.”

Last time back on campus: “I went to the Duke game in the fall. I
usually get up in the spring, too, but wasn’t able to do that this year.”

Teammates you stay in touch with most: “Jeff Werner, another
walk-on. Doug Easlick, Brandon Manning every so often. I keep up with a bunch of
guys on the Internet with Facebook.”

A Walk-On Success Story

Stories like those of Chris Shreve come up fairly often in sports, and it is
pretty much guaranteed that the subject will be called “an overnight
success” in at least one recap.

Yeah, right. As the old saying goes, Shreve only worked four years to become
an overnight success.

Any team in any sport is often only as good as its non-stars allow it to be.
All teams have some standout players, and some have more than others. But it is
the other guys who can determine the difference between a good and great team.
How good are the non-stars? Will some of

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