Go Tech Go: The Inside Story Behind the Rise of VT Football, Part 23

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Eddie Hunter, photo courtesy of Virginia Tech sports photography
Eddie Hunter, photo courtesy of Virginia Tech sports photography

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Go Tech Go August 13, 2015


The week of the Peach Bowl, the players each received a $105 bowl stipend. To spend some of it, junior free safety Carter Wiley visited Nordstrom’s in Atlanta.

“I was from Roanoke, Virginia, and had never been to a big-city department store before,” he said. “This might sound a little (metrosexual), but I spent $100 on two scarves that I thought were beautiful. In fact, I still have them.

Wiley was looking at the scarves when an athletic young gentleman approached him and said, “Do you know those guys from Virginia Tech?”

Wiley didn’t think the question was odd; he stood 6-2, weighed 225, with a big neck, and in Nordstrom’s, he stood out as someone who could be a football player. And the only two college football teams in town that week were North Carolina State and Virginia Tech.

“Yes, I do,” Wiley said.

The young man asked him, “Do you know Carter Wiley?’

“I do. Who are you?”