This year 20 players with Virginia connections are playing north of the border. Virginia Tech and the University of Virginia each have more players there than power schools such as Alabama.
Darrius Bratton, who went to William Fleming High School and the University of Virginia, is one of 20 CFL players this year with Virginia ties.
The former George Washington High School star is now a starting linebacker for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, who play for the Grey Cup on Sunday.
A school program got Malik Clements interested in dentistry. But now the former Danville star eyes a second season in the Canadian Football League.