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An Ode to Eddie George

(1995 photo by Mark Hall, AP )

The bedroom of my youth is a shrine to my favorite athlete of all time Eddie George.  I have an autographed Tennessee Titans jersey and helmet on display in my room.  Not to mention that I have every uniform he ever wore beginning in the tenth grade when he attended Fork Union Military Academy, and ending with his injury plagued season with the Dallas Cowboys in 2004.  My love for Eddie began when I was five years old when my father completely brainwashed me into becoming a diehard Ohio State fan.  During his senior season at OSU in 1995 he won the Heisman trophy by the closest margin of votes ever recorded until that time.  His statistics from his senior year included posting Ohio State single season records for rushing yards and touchdowns, capping it off with a 10-2 record for the Buckeyes.  He was drafted in the first round by the Houston Oilers, and then continued playing for the franchise up until he was released by the Tennessee Titans in 2003.  Unfortunately, he retired wearing a Dallas Cowboys jersey and ended a professional career which when he was not injured he was one of the NFL’s best running backs during his era.  He rushed for a total of 10,441 yards and 78 total touchdowns and is currently 23rd all time for rushing yards in NFL history.  He followed up a brilliant NFL career by going on to become an entrepreneur who has opened restaurants, became a real estate mogul, acted in plays, and hosted sports talk shows.  Tonight, Eddie George will be enshrined in the college football Hall of Fame alongside former Michigan coach Lloyd Carr and Deion “Prime Time” Sanders.  This is a well-deserved recognition of Eddie’s accomplishments while playing for The Ohio State University, and could not be given to a more respectful and humble human being.  Congratulations to Eddie George, my athletic hero.


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