Generations of Wake Forest football players and coaches set for Friday night reunion
Former Wake Forest football player Greg Hunter is organizing a reunion for former players and coaches to celebrate the program's success.
It's that time of year again at Wake Forest University - homecoming week. And this year, Greg Hunter, a former football player and 1992 graduate, has taken it upon himself to organize a special reunion for the generations of players who have passed through the program.
On Friday night, Hunter and a group of other former players will gather at a local watering hole in Winston-Salem to celebrate the rich history of Wake Forest football. Unlike most homecoming parties, which are usually limited to a specific group or time frame, Hunter's goal is to bring together players from different eras and generations in one place.
"The objective is to bring together multiple generations and multiple eras to celebrate the long-term evolution of the program, and rekindle some relationships, and build some new ones," said Hunter, who himself was a walk-on for the Demon Deacons in the early 1990s. "There will be multiple NFL players and Wake hall of famers who are coming."
The event is not open to the public, but Hunter hopes to have close to 100 former players and coaches in attendance. In addition to the reunion, there will also be a small golf tournament at Tanglewood Park's Championship Course on Friday.
One of the main reasons for organizing this reunion is to highlight the success of former players, not just those who went on to have NFL careers. Hunter mentioned that Jon Zieglinski and Bill Ard, for example, have formed a company that makes football helmets safer, and their company is sponsoring the event. Kevin Giles has also started a cigar company, and he will be among the players attending the reunion.
To gather all the players in one place, Hunter created a Facebook page specifically for the reunion, and the response has been overwhelmingly positive.
The reunion is open to football alumni, former coaches, and friends of the program. During the party, old games will be shown, and there will be tributes to players and coaches who have passed away.
"We think it's going to be a great night, and most of the stories told will be true stories," Hunter said.
For more information about the reunion, you can contact Greg Hunter at [email protected] or call 336-727-4081.