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The man, the myth: Mark Muncey

Almost every week, Virginia Tech linebacker Cody Grimm meets with reporters during a news conference. And during many of those sessions this fall, Grimm has recalled stories about his teammate Mark Muncey.

Who? Muncey is a fifth-year senior who plays on special teams for the Hokies. While many Virginia Tech fans might not know his name, he is perhaps the most interesting character on the team.

Over the past few weeks, Grimm has told a host of Muncey stories. On Monday, Muncey met with reporters for the first time to offer a first-hand account of his hijinx.

The best prank, Muncey said, was played on reserve lineman Richard Graham.

Graham had lost his wallet, with his credit card in it, and a representative from the bank had repeatedly called to ask for information regarding his bank account. But Graham did not realize it was the bank calling him, and thought someone had his credit card and was asking for his information. Graham called the police to report the credit card missing.

That was when Muncey and his gang of merry pranksters pounced. Muncey started calling Graham using an automated voice through his computer. Through the computer, Muncey made harassing calls to Graham. It put Graham on edge.

“If you know Richard, he’s a guy that’s real jumpy,” Muncey said. “He’s a guy if you say boo, he’s real jumpy, nervous.”

But the prank built to a crescendo when Muncey and Co. staged a break-in of Graham’s home.

While hanging out with Graham, they had arranged for one of their other friends – Muncey estimated the man was 6 feet 4, 400 pounds – to come to the door with a panty-hose mask and a pellet gun. The faux masked assailant shoved Muncey aside when he arrived at the door and began demanding to know where Graham was.

Muncey remembered that Graham’s eyes “got big as baseballs” when the intruder broke in.

“I’ve never seen anyone so scared that when they say they’re so scared they’re speechless; when he was moving his lips, he couldn’t say anything,” Muncey said of Graham. “He got so scared we stopped it immediately, because it was that bad.”

Grimm said they revealed it was just a hoax because it looked like Graham “was going to faint.”

One time, while leaving a golf course, Muncey and friends ran over a snake. They stopped and picked it up. Muncey eventually carried the snake into the football team’s locker room and wrapped it around Alonzo Tweedy’s cleats.

Another time, Muncey and Grimm went hunting near Muncey’s home in Tazewell, Va. Muncey had a friend whose grandmother lived on the farm. Muncey told Grimm that he was in contact with the woman to ask permission to go hunting on the property – but he never did.

Around 5 a.m. the day of the trip, they pulled in the driveway and Muncey said, “Cut the lights!” The two had to drive slowly around her back yard with their lights off. Whenever they heard a four-wheeler, Muncey would say, “I think she knows we’re up here.” Grimm recalled it as one of the funnier moments he has had with Muncey.

“We’re just having fun,” Muncey said of his friends’ antics. “We’re in football for so long every day so much, it’s something to get away from it, have a laugh.”

By Mark Viera  |  November 18, 2009; 11:09 AM ET
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