Tuesday, May 17, 2011
Entering the Hall: Eddie George
By Adam Rittenberg
Three former Big Ten players, one Nebraska player and one former Big Ten coach are part of the 2011 College Football Hall of Fame class. I'll have a quick snapshot of each new inductee, beginning with ...
Eddie George, RB, Ohio State, 1992-95
Eddie George rushed for 3,668 yards for Ohio State and won the Heisman Trophy in 1995.
Some college programs recruited George to play linebacker, and looking at his hulking frame, it's easy to see why. Instead, George made numerous linebackers look bad as one of the best running backs in Ohio State history. He finished his career second on the team's all-time rushing list with 3,668 yards and third in rushing touchdowns (44).
Although he saw the field as a true freshman, George didn't truly blossom until his junior season, when he led Ohio State with 1,442 yards and 12 touchdowns. It set the stage for one of the most impressive individual seasons in the Buckeyes' storied history.
As a senior, George rushed for a team-record 1,927 yards and reached the end zone 24 times en route to the Heisman Trophy. George eclipsed 100 rush yards in each of his final 12 collegiate games and also took home both the Doak Walker Award and the Maxwell Award in 1995. After putting up big rushing totals against both Washington (212 yards) and Notre Dame (230 yards), George all but locked up the Heisman with a single-game team record 314 yards against Illinois in mid November.
George finished with 20 games of 100 rush yards or more at Ohio State. He was the No. 14 overall pick in the 1996 NFL draft, went on to win Rookie of the Year the next season and made four Pro Bowls.
This had to be an easy choice for the Hall of Fame, and George certainly deserves the honor.