He is one of the most popular athletes to don the Tennessee Titans jersey and on Friday night, Eddie George was the guest speaker at the Boyd Spring Benefit held at Bridgestone Learning Center.
George, who was drafted by the Titans in 1996 after winning the Heisman Trophy at Ohio State, played 10 years with the local franchise and still calls Tennessee his home.
On Friday night, he told stories about growing up in Pennsylvania, playing in the pros and what direction his life has taken since retiring from football.
As a young boy growing up in Pennsylvania, all George thought about was playing at Penn State under Joe Paterno. His focus on football left little time for the classroom, as George admitted he was happy with a “D” because it meant he passed.
After failing classes as a freshman, George’s mother sent him to Fork Union Military School. It is a place George credits with giving him the discipline and guidance to succeed.
George went on to tell about his success on the playing field, including his four Pro Bowl seasons with the Titans, being an All-Pro running back and helping his team to the Super Bowl in 1999.
George said the hardest part of his career was leaving Nashville in 2005, a choice he made for business reasons. While playing under coach Bill Parcells in Dallas, George recalled the time he knew his career was over.
“Tony Romo was calling a play in the huddle and I was thinking about how I was a four-time pro bowler, an All-Pro, a Heisman Trophy winner, but in Dallas, I was a nobody,” said George. “Then we lined up and I ran the wrong direction and coach Parcells told me to get off the field. At that moment, I knew I was done.”
Since retiring, George has formed a business group called Healthy People. Healthy People uses George’s four pillars to help create solutions for transforming lives through mind body and spirit.
George’s four pillars are the physical, mental, social and financial parts of life. George talked about how all will affect your decision making.
“Everybody comes to a crossroad in life,” said George. “When you get there, you need a mission statement for your life to help guide you.”
George was greeted with a standing ovation and left to another as the all-time leading rusher in Titans history spoke to a crowd of over 200 people. His speech will be broadcasted by WCPI 91.3 FM tomorrow at 1:05 p.m.