July 20, 2012
Eddie George came to Fork Union Military Academy two decades ago looking to make a change. Little did he know his time at FUMA would propel him into the College Football Hall of Fame.
George was inducted into the Hall of Fame Saturday in South Bend, Indiana, along with 23 other college football standouts, including Deion Sanders and Michigan coach Lloyd Carr.
George won the Heisman Trophy his senior season at Ohio State and had a stellar career with the Tennessee Titans in the NFL.
But it was his time as a Buckeye that earned him this weekend's achievement.
"It sounds great!" George laughed. "It is what it is. A Hall of Famer. It sounds good, has a nice ring to it. It caps off a wonderful career for me."
"Everybody, we used to just practice and compete every single day and the games were easier. So that's where the work was done. That's where I honed my craft, by being challenged by great athletes day in and day out on that football field."
George finished his storied career as a Buckeye with over 4,000 all-purpose yards and 45 touchdowns. Along with the Heisman, he was also a first-team All-American and claimed the Walter Camp, Maxwell, Doak Walker and Jim Brown awards his senior campaign.
He followed that up with a tremendous career in the NFL as a four-time Pro Bowler, the 1996 Rookie of the Year and a first-team All-Pro nod in 2000.