Eddie George has become a household name in the National Football League following four successful years at Ohio State. George used his size and speed to run his way into the Ohio State record books, eventually leading up winning the Heisman Trophy, the sixth for the storied football program, after his senior campaign in 1995. He accumulated numerous honors during his Heisman year. Today, his No. 27 will be retired.
"I am elated (about having my number retired)," George said. "To be in the same class as Archie Griffin and the other Heisman winners like Les Horvath (1944), Vic (Janowicz in 1950) and (Howard) Cassady (1955) is a tremendous honor. I have received many honors both in college and professionally and this ranks very high on the list."
George, a native of Philadelphia, Pa., played prep ball at Fork Union Military Academy (Va.) and came to Ohio State with the desire to always have the ball in his hands and control the game. Numerous colleges recruited him, but with the intention of turning George into a linebacker, not a running back.
"Growing up, I knew I wanted the ball in my hands and be in a position to carry the ball as much as possible," George said. "I wanted to be in control. I didn't want to change and that is why I chose Ohio State. They gave me a chance to run the ball."
John Cooper, former Buckeye head coach, was the man that offered George the chance to lead the Buckeyes with the ball in his hands.
"Not many colleges recruited him as a running back," Cooper said. "They all figured he would make a great linebacker. He came here focused and with the goal of becoming a Heisman winner and he did just that."
George's focus was brought to its limits as a freshman when many of the Buckeye faithful questioned why he came to Columbus. George was afforded the opportunity to lead the ground attack against Illinois as a true freshman. His first game against the Illini did not go according to plan. George fumbled twice inside the 5-yard li...