Virginia Tech’s football practice fields will be renamed after former Hokies tight end Steve Johnson, who recently made a $1 million pledge toward the construction of a new indoor football practice facility.
Johnson, a Hunstville, Ala., native, played tight end at Virginia Tech from 1984-87, finishing his career sixth on the school’s all-time list for career receptions by a tight end (84) and eighth in touchdowns (8).
A sixth-round pick by the New England Patriots in 1988, Johnson played two NFL seasons, before retiring after tearing up his knee in a preseason game after signing with the Dallas Cowboys in 1990.
Johnson currently serves as president and owner of Bristol, Va.-based Johnson Commercial Development, one of the largest commercial developers in the southeastern United States.
“Athletics instill work ethic, dedication, drive, passion and persistence,” Johnson said in a press release. “Those are qualities that contribute to being productive, whether the ball is snapped and you have to execute a play or you are at your desk and you have to execute in business. I have a deep sense of gratitude toward Virginia Tech. My pledge of support for the indoor practice facility was the right thing for me to do, and I’m glad I was able to do it.”
Virginia Tech’s indoor practice facility will be built on a site that has yet to be determined. School officials postponed construction after concerns were raised about building the structure on the Stadium Woods. The facility is expected to cost between $20-30 million.