Virginia Tech will pick one player each week to wear No. 25 for Frank Beamer
One special teams contributor will don the legendary coach's number on game days for the Hokies
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.
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