Virginia Tech football: 10 Hokies who defined Bud Foster’s Lunch Pail players

The lunch pail represents the blue-collar mentality that Bud Foster instilled in the Hokies' defense from 1995-2015. These players defined that mentality and excelled in Blacksburg.

Virginia Tech Hokies defensive end Ken Ekanem (4) carries the lunch pail
Virginia Tech Hokies defensive end Ken Ekanem (4) carries the lunch pail / Peter Casey-USA TODAY Sports
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Lunch Pail. Cornell Brown. 6. DL. player. . Cornell Brown. 447. . 1993-96

Cornell Brown finished his career second to only Bruce Irvin in Virginia Tech history with 36 career sacks. Unlike many of the players on this list, Brown came to Blacksburg as a top recruit. In fact, he was one of Frank Beamer's first big-time recruits to stay in-state at Virginia Tech, which was a turning point for the program.

Even with that status, Brown was a hard worker who represented the lunch pail defense well. He was a two-time All-American with both selections coming after Bud Foster took over as defensive coordinator in 1995.