Engelberger Makes Donation Back to Tech Athletics
NFL rookie gives $100,000 to football program
October 20, 2000

BLACKSBURG, Va. - The Virginia Tech athletics department announced Friday

afternoon that former Tech football player John Engelberger has made a

donation of $100,000, earmarked for the Hokie football program.

"Coach [Frank] Beamer, the football program and Virginia Tech have been good

to me," Engelberger said. "They gave me a chance to play football and a

chance to get a great college education and my degree. This donation is my

way of saying thank you to them."

Engelberger, who is a rookie for the San Francisco 49ers, has started four

games this season. He has 11 solo tackles, two assists, two sacks, a pass

deflection and a forced fumble in seven games. The 49ers play at Carolina

this weekend.

A native of Springfield, Va., Engelberger walked on at Virginia Tech and

eventually earned a scholarship with the team. He was a three-time All-BIG

EAST team member, including a first-team selection in 1999. He also earned

Associated Press Second-Team All-America honors as a senior. He finished his

collegiate career with 252 tackles and 26.5 sacks. He was a team captain as a

senior and led the Hokies to the National Championship game. Engelberger was

picked by San Francisco in the second round of the 2000 NFL Draft.