Eddie George, a Philly native, was an ambitious young athlete who understood that having a strong work ethic and determination would help him accomplish his dreams. “Growing up in Philadelphia, football was everything…It was not only a passion, but it was also life.” – George.
He would finish his high school career attending Fork Union Military Academy in Virginia, where he would develop the skills of discipline and teamwork. He would emerge as a star running back at Fork Union, which caught the eye of college football recruiters. George earned an athletic scholarship attending Ohio State University, where he was an immediate standout for the Buckeyes. He had a dominant presence on the field throughout his collegiate career which awarded him the Heisman Trophy. His sensational performance also earned him several honors, such as the Maxwell Award as the nation’s most outstanding player, the Doak Walker Award as the country’s top running back, and the Big Tens most valuable player award.
George would get the opportunity to build on his football legacy in the mid-1990s. After a trade with the Seattle Seahawks, the Houston (Tennessee ‘99) Oilers selected George in the 1996 NFL Draft. His rookie season performance was explosive when he ran for 1,368 yards with eight touchdowns, awarding him the Rookie of the Year award. After nine seasons in the NFL, with over 10,000 rushing yards and a total of 68 rushing touchdowns, George would retire after the 2004 season with the Dallas Cowboys. In retirement, George fell in love with being in front of the camera as a commentator and actor, but he would find a new passion in serving his community’s youth. George became the spokesperson for Tennessee’s GetFitTN program, which promotes an active and healthy lifestyle to prevent the development of Type 2 diabetes. A true champion of education, George would return to school, earning his MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. He also founded the Edward George Wealth Management Group. He is also a regular at his alma mater, Ohio State University, lecturing on money management and the business of being an athlete. On April 13, 2021, George was named the 22nd head coach of the Tennessee State Tigers, expanding his influence on the next generation of athletes. “Coaching is a full commitment, a duty of service…I’m going to be innovative, creative and fun.” — George