Vick 757 podcast / youtube show

For anyone interested, Mike and Dwight Vick have started a podcast where they are discussing college football and VT in particular. I haven't finished the first episode yet, just premiered today. Should be interesting to hear perspective of Hokie football from two former players

One point that Mike made early on, talking about the NIL, if it had been around when he was in school, he said he would have taken care of his teammates with his endorsement deals and made sure everyone on the team stayed 4 years. Man, that coulda set up something special for years to come for the program

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Yeah this is going to be good. Good find. I love Dwight's input always.

Edit: just finished, I'm amazed at Mike's ability to recall specific points of college games. They guy is an absolute highlight reel for that long and still remembers throwing a touchdown against JMU in 99 and what side of the field it went to.

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He probably watched his highlights a million times like we did. That was a great podcast.

So fun! Loved it!

Great listen, just got done, looking forward to hearing the rest of the conversations as they keep pumping them out.

Now finish up them taters; I'm gonna go fondle my sweaters.

Just need to give this thread a bump. If you haven't watched/listened to this yet, get on it! Such good content and stories. Listening to episode 3 now with guest Antonio Freeman. Great stories and great overall content! Check it out.

Freeman is a very down to earth guy and it shows in that episode.

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Agree. I didn't become VT fan and start following until 2004 when I applied to VT. Obviously, I've looked back at history of VT football in 90's and early 2000's, watching highlights and old games, etc., but interviews like this are just so cool. Such interesting perspective and inside perspective on the players and coaches that built VT football. And the personal stories that you would never otherwise hear.

I hope they do some sort of alumni weekend like Freeman was suggesting and somehow involve fans. They should just do a Hokie Legends tailgate in Hokie Village leading up to a game and let fans come and get autographs and pictures and stuff. Open it up to everyone and have a HokieClub sign up and donation tent right there as well. Then they should do a similar event at Spring game as well.

My one encounter with him wasn't nice. Definitely didn't leave me thinking down to earth.
I was in the same hotel as the Packers after the Super Bowl win. Had a copy of SI with him on the cover. Was getting the team to sign it as I passed them in the hotel. I was wearing a tech shirt when I asked Freeman to sign it. He gruffly said he wasn't going to sign it because other people already had. Then seemed ready to walk away. He finally did sign it; I can't say I recall what actually got him to do it.

It's been roughly two decades since that happened. Maybe he's come around since then. Maybe he was having a bad day that day. I can't really speak to any of that. But, it did leave a lasting impression on my seventh grade self.

Autographs must be one of the most frustrating things a star of any kind has to deal with. I am sure it is pretty easy to catch somebody in a mood. That gave you a lasting impression for life. I couldn't imagine what it must be like to provide lasting impressions to every stranger I casually meet. That would have to weigh on you over time.

"A person is smart. People are dumb, panicky dangerous animals and you know it." - K

2002 MLS All Star Game, there was an event at the MD Soccerplex, and Eddie Pope swerved everybody. Turns out later he had to attend a White House event and was late. I also waited in line for 2 hrs to get Landon Donovan's autograph.

TKPhi Damn Proud
BSME 2009

Just found another VT podcast that's on my list of things I need to give a listen. It's called The Locker Room on Spotify and Apple podcast and it's Jon McLaughlin and Luther Maddy talking VT Football. They bring in guests from their playing days like Sam Rogers and Kyshoen Jarrett.

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Looking forward to listening. Never met Dwight, but I kind of feel like he's the Obi-wan Kenobi of VT football; just an old(er), wiseman who quietly and astutely observes the (football) world around hm.

One point that Mike made early on, talking about the NIL, if it had been around when he was in school, he said he would have taken care of his teammates with his endorsement deals and made sure everyone on the team stayed 4 years.

Again, haven't listened to this pod yet, but this is the one thing no one is talking about for NIL. Will it encourage players to stay in school longer, and how will that effect sport? I imagine bluechip players (who are more likely to be early round picks) will still leave in 3 years, but what about veteran players? The 4th/5th year college player who will go between round 3 and UDFA? Could NIL keep a team like this together? Could this be enough talent to win a natty without a >50% bluechip ratio?

We see this happen in college basketball, would be interesting to see if it will happen in football.

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If that 99 team stayed together for 4 years, there would be a bigger trophy case in Merryman.

You could make that same argument for 2003 and 2016. Hindsight is 2020.

TKPhi Damn Proud
BSME 2009

There is no way Mike would have made enough off NIL to turn down going one overall. To your point though, it will change some players' point of view. Especially those guys that are desperate to get some cash flow but are probably a free agent deal at best.

"A person is smart. People are dumb, panicky dangerous animals and you know it." - K

Just because the NIL wouldn't have equaled being #1 doesn't mean he wouldn't have had the money to stay. A million dollars would have been more than enough to move his family, which was one of the main reasons he left. He still probably would have been the number 1 overall the next season too.