Nashville, Tenn. – Looking to take the program to the next level, Tennessee State has named Eddie George as head football coach.
“Eddie George has been a winner in every facet of the game and we look forward to him bringing that same commitment to our players and having it translate into winning on and off the field,” TSU athletic director Mikki Allen. “We are excited to have him join us and lead the next chapter of our storied football program.”
“I am excited about being named head coach at Tennessee State University,” said George. “I thank Dr. Glover, Dr. Allen, and each of you for the confidence you have placed in me. All I have done has prepared me for this moment, whether that’s my football career, my entrepreneurial endeavors, my acting career.”
The celebrated former NFL star will make an announcement regarding his coaching staff in the coming days.
“Coaching is a full commitment, a duty of service,” said George. “I take that seriously. I’ve done a lot of soul searching and due diligence. The more I thought about it, the more and more I got excited about it. It was like picking up an old guitar or getting back on a bike, it’s familiar but in a different capacity. It’s exciting. I’m going to be innovative, creative, and fun.”
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President Glenda Glover called it a great day for the university and looks forward to working with Eddie George as he sustains a successful football program.
“For decades, TSU has always made bold and strategic hires within our athletic programs that laid the foundation for our storied success in sports,” said Glover. “Eddie George, with the resources he will bring to TSU, is the right choice and investment for the future of the TSU football program and the TSU community.”
George played college football for Ohio State University and won the Heisman in 1995. That season, his senior year, George rushed for a school-record 1,927 yards and 24 touchdowns, an average of 148.23 yards per game, while also catching 47 passes for 417 yards and another score.
He left Ohio State second in school history in career rushing yards (3,768) and third in rushing touchdowns (44). The Philadelphia native finished with 4,284 all-purpose yards, 45 touchdowns, and 5.5 yards per carry.
In 1996, George was the first-round draft selection of the then-Houston Oilers. He won the NFL Rookie of the Year award that same year and was the Oilers/Titans’ starting tailback through 2003, never missing a start. He made the Pro Bowl four consecutive years (1997–2000), and assisted the Titans to a championship appearance in Super Bowl XXXIV.
He is only the second NFL running back to rush for 10,000 yards while never missing a start, joining Jim Brown. Only Walter Payton (170) started more consecutive regular-season games than George’s 130.
In 2004, George signed a one-year contract with the Dallas Cowboys where he started eight games and finished the season with 432 yards and four touchdowns. He officially retired in 2006.
George’s career totals include 10,441 rushing yards, 268 receptions, 2,227 receiving yards, and 78 touchdowns.
George was inducted in the College Football Hall of Fame in 2011 and the Philadelphia Sports Hall of Fame in 2013.
Courtesy: Tennessee State Athletics