During the telecast of College Football Live on ESPN, The National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame (NFF) announced May 16th that Eddie George, the star running back at Ohio State from 1992-95, will be a member of the 2011 College Football Hall of Fame Class from the Football Bowl Subdivision (formerly Division 1-A).
Winner of the 1995 Heisman Trophy Ohio State's Eddie George is the latest in the storied lineage of Buckeye ball carriers to enter the College Football Hall of Fame.
George enjoyed many successes under College Football Hall of Fame coach John Cooper at Ohio State. He helped the Buckeyes to an overall 38-9-2 record, and a 24-6-2 mark in Big Ten play, where Ohio State never finished lower than second during George's tenure. He ranks among the top three in school history in rushing yards (3,768), rushing touchdowns (44), 100-yard games (20) and holds school records with five 200-yard outings and 12 consecutive 100-yard games. As a senior, George set a single-season school record with 1,927 rushing yards en route to winning the Heisman Trophy, Maxwell Award, Walter Camp Player of the Year Award, Doak Walker Award and Jim Brown Award while leading the nation in scoring, placing fourth in all-purpose yards and fifth in rushing yards per game and yards per carry.
The fourteenth overall pick in the 1996 NFL Draft by the Houston Oilers, he ranks 23rd in NFL history with 10,441 rushing yards compiled over nine seasons, He played in four Pro Bowls and was a First Team All-Pro in 2000. He holds virtually every career rushing record for the Tennessee Titans, and helped Tennessee reach Super Bowl XXXIV. George shares the title with Jim Brown as the only 10,000 yard runners in NFL history to never miss a start.
George holds many titles in his post-football career, not the least of which includes earning an MBA from Northwestern University. His is also the founder and co-owner of the EDGE Group, Eddie George's Grille 27 in Columbus, and he is is a member of the Urban Land Institute and the American Society for Landscape Architects. He also serves as an on-air personality for Big Ten Network. George and his wife, Tamara, reside with their two children in Brentwood, Tenn.
The 2011 College Football Hall of Fame Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) Class will be inducted at the NFF Annual Awards Dinner on December 6, 2011, at the Waldorf-Astoria in New York City. They will be officially enshrined at the College Football Hall of Fame, tentatively scheduled for the summer of 2012.