The legend of “Beamer Ball” will extend beyond Frank Beamer’s lengthy tenure with Virginia Tech thanks to a new tradition unveiled for the 2016 season.
New coach Justin Fuente announced Monday that the jersey No. 25 will be worn by a different special teams player each week, honoring what he said was one of the “defining characteristics” of Beamer’s teams. Indeed, fantastic special teams play — and game-changing special teams plays — brought “Beamer Ball” to light in the college football culture.
Virginia Tech defensive coordinator Bud Foster, a defensive assistant for Beamer from 1981-2015 and a holdover from last year’s staff, said the honor will help “tie in the old with the new.”
“Being here as long as I’ve been, and knowing coach Beamer, I know he’d be thrilled, he’d be honored by that recognition,” Foster said, via the Roanoke Times. “Someone wearing that jersey, I think it makes a big statement to kind of tie in the old with the new and thus keeping with the tradition of being dynamic on special teams. I think that’s a pretty neat deal.”
Beamer wore the No. 25 as a Virginia Tech player from 1966-68, and the number was also displayed on the side of the all-black helmets for the Hokies’ final home game last season. Several players have already mentioned their desire to play special teams this season so they can get a shot to wear the number for a game.
As for Beamer, he’s moved on from guessing game plans to guessing cards, as evident in this family photo shared by his son, Shane Beamer.
Source: CBS Sports / Virginia Tech will pick one player to wear No. 25 for Frank Beamer each week