Gridiron stars Bruce Smith, Doug Flutie discuss Battle at Bristol


BRISTOL, VA- The greens at the Olde Farm Golf Course in Bristol, Virginia were packed Monday morning with many famous faces for the annual Niswonger Children’s Hospital Classic.

Former professional football stars highlighted Monday’s group, including NFL Hall of Famer and former Virginia Tech Hokie Bruce Smith, former Tennessee head coach Phil Fulmer and Boston College legend Doug Flutie.

The event raises money for the Niswonger Children’s Hospital in Johnson City, serving more than 200,000 children in our region.

But with so many famous gridiron stars on the course in Bristol, the focus was on another big event in the area later this year, the Battle at Bristol football game. The game is set to be the biggest in college football history with over 160,000 fans in attendance, a spectacle that the former pros cannot wait to see.

“Getting extremely close and I’m very excited about it,” said Smith. “It’s going to be a big weekend for Hokie nation. If we can generate some offense, I think it will be a very exciting game.”

“It’s going to be a cool event,” said Flutie. “I was fortunate enough to be involved in Boston College-Notre Dame last year at Fenway at a different venue. It’ll be phenomenal and they’ve got to figure out somehow to put race cars on the track during the game and get a little buzz going in the stadium from that as well. It tells you how big time college football is, especially in this region.”

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