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Class of 1982

George Preas

George Preas

Sport :  Football  : Virginia Tech

In four years at Virginia Tech, George Preas helped turn the Hokies from a winless football team into an undefeated one.&nbsp; That achievement was typical of the success Preas enjoyed throughout a long career in the game.&nbsp; <br /><br />From his sandlot days at Roanoke&rsquo;s Fallon Park until he retired 21 years later from the Baltimore Colts, Preas never was satisfied with being second best.&nbsp; The big tackle enrolled at Virginia Tech in 1951 after making all state at Roanoke&rsquo;s Jefferson High.&nbsp; When he arrived in Blacksburg, Preas joined a team that had suffered nine straight losses in 1950.&nbsp; By that time, Preas was a senior and had set a record by starting in 41 straight games.&nbsp; Tech was one of the nation&rsquo;s best teams with record of (9-0-1 tie).&nbsp; Preas&rsquo; Tech teams won often and he was rewarded by being chosen All-American, All-Southern and All-State.&nbsp; With such impressive credentials, he was drafted quickly by the Baltimore Colts and embarked on a brilliant 11-year career with the National Football League team.<br /><br />A highlight of his career at Baltimore came when he was voted the unsung hero of the Colts&rsquo; 1958 championship team.&nbsp; The Baltimore title came in a 23-17 sudden death victory over the New York Giants in what some still call the greatest game ever played.&nbsp; His teammates and coaches voted him the ultimate honor.<br /><br />Preas had begun playing competitive football when he was at Jefferson High in Roanoke.&nbsp; He made All-American, All-Southern and All-State.&nbsp; He also won three state wrestling championships at Jefferson, one at 175 pounds and two at heavyweight.&nbsp; At Tech, Preas played both offensive and defensive tackle and old-timers recall that he was extremely talented on both sides of the line.&nbsp; The 1954 Tech Gridiron Guide stated, &ldquo;Preas can block and tackle with the best of them-and his drive and experience make him one of the top players in football.&rdquo;<br />

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