Cornerbacks room in Merryman Athletic Center will now be named “The Fuller Room”
4/27/2022 3:00:00 PM
The collective gift of the Fuller family means both a substantial leap for Virginia Tech Athletics’ $ 400 million Reach for Excellence capital campaign, as well as for the football program’s efforts to encourage further financial support from alumni.
“We are incredibly proud and thankful to be a part of a special brotherhood that embodies Virginia Tech Football,” said Vincent Fuller, who was a four-year letterwinner for the Hokies from 2001-04. The eldest Fuller brother was selected by Tennessee in the 2005 NFL Draft and spent seven years in the NFL with the Titans and Lions. “This program has been instrumental in helping develop me and my brothers into successful people and players, as well as hundreds of other young men who have competed for the Hokies. We hope our family’s commitment can help continue that trend of future generations of players coming to Blacksburg and building successful careers. ”
In honor of their significant pledge to Virginia Tech Football, the cornerbacks’ meeting room will now be named “The Fuller Room.” This space is used daily by coaches and student-athletes alike, and is located in the Merryman Athletic Center.
“I am tremendously grateful to the Fuller brothers for their financial commitment to our football program,” current Virginia Tech head coach Brent Pry said. “I believe we all share a great appreciation for the way the Fullers played the game and how they conduct themselves, both on and off the field. They exemplify the competitive spirit and the attention to detail which embodied Virginia Tech Football for so many years under Coach Beamer. On behalf of all of our players and staff, we thank the Fuller family for their continued support and generosity. “
The four Fullers excelled for Virginia Tech over a 15-year period. After Vinnie initially paved the way for Blacksburg for the family, the next brother to follow was Corey, who competed on the Tech track and field team before serving as a wide receiver for the Hokies from 2011-12. He was selected by Detroit in the 2013 NFL Draft and also spent time with the New Orleans Saints. After returning to his alma mater to work in the recruiting department he joined the player personnel department of the Carolina Panthers in 2021.
“Coach Pry and the entire staff have made a very concerted effort to connect with our alumni base and make us feel welcome in Blacksburg,” said Kyle Fuller, who lettered for the Hokies from 2010-13. A first-round selection of the Chicago Bears in the 2014 NFL Draft, he tied for the NFL lead with seven interceptions in 2017 when he earned first-team All-Pro honors and his first Pro Bowl berth. He followed that up with another Pro Bowl selection in 2018 and signed as a free agent with Denver in 2021. “Our family and so many of the other alums are very encouraged by the momentum that Coach Pry and this staff have developed on the recruiting trail. We all look forward to supporting this new staff and the team for years to come. We are blessed to be able to give back to a program that has done so much for us over the years. ”
The youngest member of this football quartet is Kendall, who played at Tech from 2013-15 and earned second-team All-America honors in 2014. He was drafted by Washington in 2016 and was later traded to Kansas City, where he made the game -sealing interception for the Chiefs in their Super Bowl LIV victory. He subsequently returned to Washington as a free agent in 2021.
“The Fuller family represents so much that it’s great about Virginia Tech Football,” director of athletics Whit Babcock said. “Coach Beamer was fond of saying that a brother will always tell his other brothers how the coaches are treating them. The fact that all four of these fabulous players all came to Virginia Tech is a testament to Coach Beamer’s leadership and the environment his staffs created. in Blacksburg I know Coach Pry has a great deal of admiration for how this program was built and those who built it, so we’re all exceedingly proud to rename our cornerbacks room in honor of the many contributions the Fuller family has made to the Hokies. ”
“First, we should all thank Vincent Fuller, Sr. and Nina for raising four fantastic young men,” Beamer said. “It was our pleasure to coach all four of their sons, but the foundation for their success was definitely built by their parents back in Baltimore. Thank you!”