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In early 2008, Virginia Tech cornerback Brandon Flowers made the decision to forego his final season of eligibility to enter the 2008 NFL Draft.
The 5-foot 10-inch, 200-pounder out of Delray Beach (FL) Atlantic left Virginia Tech when his stock was high after being named an All-American in 2006 and 2007, becoming just the seventh two-time All-American in Virginia Tech history.
At Virginia Tech, Flowers recorded ten interceptions, five of which came during his final season in Blacksburg, and returned two of them for touchdowns.
After submitting his name for the 2008 NFL Draft, Flowers was selected in the second round by the Kansas City Chiefs, where he played for six seasons before signing with the San Diego Chargers in 2014. He was named to the NFL All-Rookie Team during his first season in the NFL. In 2013, Flowers was named to the Pro Bowl.
He notched 117 career NFL starts during his nine-year career, recording 21 interceptions and four touchdowns.
On August 7, 2017, after nine years in the professional ranks, Flowers retired from the NFL.
“Just want to say thanks to the Hunt and Spanos family for allowing me to represent there franchises during my NFL career. Thanks to my family, friends, and fans that supported me throughout my career. Can’t wait to move on to the things I have in place for me for this next chapter in my life,” he posted on Instagram when he announced his retirement in 2017.
“No doubt, we’ve had several dynamic football players, particularly defensive backs, but Brandon Flowers has got to be in the top two three or four in that group,” Virginia Tech defensive coordinator Bud Foster said following Flowers retirement from the National Football League. “He may not have been the biggest or the fastest guy but he was maybe one of the most complete football players we’ve ever had. A blue-collar Virginia Tech Lunch Pail D kind of guy!”
Following his time in the NFL, Flowers returned to Virginia Tech to pursue his degree in Sociology. He enrolled at Virginia Tech for the spring semester in order to earn enough credits to receive his bachelor’s degree.
On Friday, the former Virginia Tech star will walk with the graduating class of 2018, adding another accomplishment to his resume.
Ten years later, Flowers is set to become a Virginia Tech graduate.