Hokies Hosts Professional Development Night

More than 20 companies networked with current players

04/14/2022 20:08:00

NOIRSBOURG – With Virginia Tech football alumni and local businesses around this weekend for Tech’s annual spring game, presented by PMSi, the Hokies hosted a pro development night at their newly renovated Sanghani Player Lounge on Thursday.

Companies like Pepsi, LEARFIELD and others were at tables tied to Tech’s current roster, as players showed up at high-level tables and discussed their future with potential employers.

“I know VT oldies always show up for their Hokies,” wide receiver Kaleb Smith mentioned. “I’m not 100% sure what I’m going to do in terms of work in the future, but it was definitely an opportunity I wanted to take advantage of.”

Smith and his teammates were able to shake hands and connect with representatives from more than 20 companies. Among these companies, some prominent technical football alumni were present, including Aaron Rouse and Kevin Jones.


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Rouse, who was an All-ACC player at rover safety and later a third-round pick in the 2007 NFL Draft, was very complimentary to the renovated facility and welcoming arms he and his wife, Jennifer, received. of the soccer team.

“First of all, I want to say a huge thank you to Mehul Sanghani for his contributions to this new players lounge, which is totally awesome,” Rouse said. “It’s also great to be back and I can really feel that positive, Hokie energy that I was used to during the Frank Beamer days. Coach [Brent] Pry has definitely restored that here, and I’m thrilled to be able to connect and give current student-athletes insight into the world outside of football.”

When asked what he said to the players throughout the night, Rouse spoke about flexibility and being open-minded when looking for a job. He mentioned that he didn’t really see himself in politics after school — he’s currently running for Virginia State Senate in District 22 — but that he enjoyed that aspect of his life and that he was an open book for players asking questions.

It marked the first of many events scheduled for the Hokies for their spring game weekend, with the game taking place Saturday at 4 p.m. ET at Lane Stadium. To purchase tickets ($5) for the contest, click here.