Friday, July 07, 2006

Fly Fishing Raider Nation Style

When he is not playing center for the Oakland Raiders, former Virginia Tech Hokie center, Jake Grove enjoys the quiet sport of fly fishing. Grove has as many stories to tell about fishing as he does about football. It seems the football field isn't the only place a guy can get hurt.

"On the day before the NFL Draft, he was fishing for trout on Little Stony Creek, the tumbling mountain stream below the popular Cascades waterfall in Giles County.
Having a blast catching brook trout and rainbow trout, Grove wasn't even thinking about the important day that lay ahead.
"Then I heard this loud crack," Grove remembers.
Something smacked Grove in the head, temporarily stunning him. He could feel blood running down his face.
"I didn't know if I'd been shot or what," he said.
Grove quickly figured out what had really happened. He'd been struck by a falling tree limb."

He also had a mishap involving an inflatable pontoon boat and a waterfall. Read all about it in the article at

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