Saturday’s game in Blacksburg had all the game day festivities fans could hope for with the underlying theme being “Frank Beamer.”

Photo by Marty Gordon
Former Virginia Tech football coach Frank Beamer and his wife, Cheryl, stand beside a bronze statue unveiled Saturday in front of Lane Stadium. The statue depicts one of Beamer’s poses on the sidelines during his time at the university.

Yes, there was a football game against the sixth ranked team in the country, but it was a special day for the former coach and his family.

Notre Dame claimed the game on the field, but it was Beamer that received many accolades including a new statue in front of the stadium he used to roam.

The country boy from Hillsville that starred at Virginia Tech as a player and coached there for over 30 years was overwhelmed with the honor. Shortly after the unveiling, he joked that the statue was a little taller than him.

He thanked the university, fans, former coaches and players and his family for the moment. Before the unveiling, two of Beamer’s grandchildren tried to peak under the fabric to see what was waiting for him. No one in the Beamer family had seen the statue prior to Saturday. It was a quite a surprise, and Beamer himself did not know about the ceremony until mid-week.

“This is incredible,” Beamer said as he and his wife, Cheryl, both choked up during the unveiling.

Artist Tom Gallo who’s painted a previous portrait of Beamer created the bronze…

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