Will Stewart began our Decade in Review with an excellent look at the stories
of the decade. Most of those stories wouldn’t be possible without outstanding
athletes. Today we’ll cover some of those athletes, with the Top Ten Football
Players of the Decade, #10-#6.
Making Top 10 lists are fun, but at the same time, not so fun. How do you
compare the career of a linebacker and a running back? You can’t. What’s the
difference between Kevin Jones and Vince Hall? I don’t know.
In the end, there’s no magic formula. The list is based on talent,
production, accomplishments, awards, but mostly just gut feel. There were
several other players that I really wanted to include beyond the ones in this
list, but couldn’t.
It’s a good problem to have. If the Hokies didn’t have so many great players
over the last decade, this list wouldn’t be so interesting. I’ll warn you in
advance though … you won’t agree with it. If you actually do agree with the
players, then I guarantee you that you’ll disagree with the order I ranked them.
That’s okay though … there’s no way something like this is going to be
We’ll return later in the week with the Top Five players, but for now here
are #10 through #6.
Xavier Adibi was the perfect fit at backer for Virginia Tech. A big part of
Bud Foster’s defense since he was a r-freshman in 2004, Adibi was a talented
starter until his senior year when he took his game to another level. In 2007,
he was an AFCA First Team All-American and an AP Third Team All-American.
Adibi finished his career with 291 tackles, 30 tackles for loss and 11 sacks.
He also had eight career interceptions, returning two of them for touchdowns.
However, Adibi’s impact on Virginia Tech football went well beyond the stats.
Listed at 6-2, 236 as a senior, Adibi had ideal size for the backer position.
He was also blessed to be a talented athlete. He could
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