My favorite Tennessee Titan, Eddie George, was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame on Saturday. George was a Heisman trophy winner his senior year at Ohio State and would go on to be drafted 14th overall in the 1996 draft by the then Houston Oilers.
As a senior in the 1995 season, George rushed for a school record 1,927 yards and 24 touchdowns, an average of 152.2 yards per game, while also catching 44 passes for 399 yards and another score (George only caught 16 passes in his first three seasons). One of his best performances of the year was in a 45-26 win over the University of Notre Dame, where he rushed for 207 yards, his third 200-yard game of the season. He also rushed for a school-record 314 yards and scored 3 touchdowns in OSU’s victory over Illinois. In the 3 years since committing his 2 fumbles in the Illinois game as a freshman, George had over 600 rushing attempts and fumbled only 6 times. Ohio State finished the season with a 10-2 record, and George was recognized as a consensus first-team All-American and won the Heisman Trophy in the closest vote in the history of the award at the time, beating the University of Nebraska‘s Tommie Frazier by 264 votes. George left Ohio State second in school history in career rushing yards (3,768) and third in rushing touchdowns (44). Overall, he finished with 4,284 all-purpose yards, 45 touchdowns, and a 5.5 yards per carry average.
He was inducted along with another football great, Deion Sanders, as well as about 20 other college greats, none of which I recognized (not an avid follower of college football).
Congratulations to Eddie on his honor. It has been a long time coming.
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