Report: George Whitfield's Résumé Appears Fraudulent

June 2, 2014 at 4:05p    by DJ Byrnes    
26 Comments

Riding a wave of unorthodox teachings to a near ubiquitous presence on the quarterback development scene, George Whitfield is a name a lot of people know. The guru has worked with the likes of Cam Newton, Andrew Luck and even Ohio State's Braxton Miller.

Yet, even a successful professional like Whitfield can be tempted to embellish their work history.

From Whitfield's official site:

As a result of his relentless training and hard work, he pursued a career as Arena league QB.  After the 2007 season, George made what he has called “one of the toughest decisions I’ve ever had to make,” and hung up his cleats for good.

It appears, however, relentless training and hard work had little to do with anything. A quick Google search yields plenty of stories claiming Whitfield played for such teams as the Louisville Fire, the Memphis Xplorers, the Chicago Rush and the Bossier City Battle Wings. According to The Shreveport Times, however, nobody seems to remember him:

“I can find no record of George Whitfield playing AFL or af2 and he certainly never played for us,” [Battle Wings owner Dan] Newman said Thursday afternoon.

Whitfield’s biography indicates he shared time in the Windy City when [Former Southwood Cowboy and NLU Indian star Raymond] Philyaw was the starting quarterback for the Rush in 2004 and 2005. Asked if he remembers George Whitfield as a teammate, Philyaw responded, “He wasn’t there when I was there.”

The Memphis Xplorers were an af2 team that existed six years, from 2001-2006. Newman said, “We played Memphis home and home every year from 2003-2006. They never had a George Whitfield play for them.”

This all has nothing to do with teaching prospects ways to handle a pass rush, but people have lost a lot more for a lot less. (Top o' the afternoon to ya, George O'Leary.

Perhaps Whitfield embellished his arena football career when he was still in the process of pulling himself up from the bootstraps, and has since been a hostage to that lie, despite receiving critical acclaim and national success.


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rkylet83's picture

I'd have to say it would be epic stupidity for him to put AFL on his resume if he never played.  He had to know someone with knowledge from that league would connect the dots.   

+2 HS
Earle's picture

Never knew he played (briefly) at YSU.  Just a matter of time before someone makes the connection to that infamous prevaricator Jim Tressel.

Just say no to italics abuse.

+7 HS
William's picture

Aww, so it was Tressel and Whitfield that rigged the raffles together. Those nefarious scallywags! 

+10 HS
AndyVance's picture

Reminds of of the current plot line in one of my favorite shows on television, Suits. Poor Mike Ross will always be a hostage to his completely fabricated resume. Long live Harvey Specter. 

+4 HS
DJ Byrnes's picture

Thanks for reminding me about Suits, Andy. It's a guilty pleasure of mine. Haven't watched the third season yet but I'm 63% sure it's on my DVR.

And viva Harvey Specter. 

Californian by birth, Marionaire by the Grace of President Warren G. Harding.

AndyVance's picture

Happy to help - the dialogue in that show is sensational. And I love Harvey. Oh, and Donna is something special, no? Everyone fawns all over Joan from Mad Men (and rightfully so), but if I had to be stranded on a desert island with a television redhead, it'd darn well better be Donna.

+3 HS
causeicouldntgo43's picture

I couldn't get any work done with Donna around - too distracting, and fun.............

+1 HS
buckeye4life050233's picture

I second that. the witty style of her character is also very alluring.

+1 HS
OSUBias's picture

Honestly, who gives a shit? Not like AFL QB on the resume is why people respect him, anyway; it's because of results from his training. He's good at his job, I think he is self employed, so he can't be fired (not sure about that, thought he ran his own company), non story. 

Shitter's full

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shadybuck's picture

This is kind of funny because one of my really good friends was a RB with him at Tiffin (not going to throw his name out there), but one time we were talking about braxton being trained by whitfield and I will never forget his response.

He burst into laughter and basically said he thought it was so funny that he was all of a sudden this big QB guru because "he was the worst ******* quarterback", and we all had a good laugh about the irony

I was tempted to make a comment about it on 11W when all the stories about brax training with him were taking place but I comments at the time

but there is my second hand account of GW's quarterback skills

+1 HS
Buckeyeneer's picture

Perhaps it's a case of "those who can't do, teach". Are you a Tiffin native or just go to school there? I grew up there but moved to Cbus after graduating from OSU.

"Because the rules won't let you go for three." - Woody Hayes

THE Ohio State University

+1 HS
shadybuck's picture

I'm a findlay native, my friend who was a dragon footballer is originally from detroit, but now lives and works in findlay as well

+2 HS
buckeyedude's picture

U mean he didn't move back to Detroit? WTF?

 

 

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shadybuck's picture

I dont really feel like divulging too much into my good friend's personal business on the internet but he had his reasons for staying in the area and my friends and I are certainly glad that he is here

Furious George 27's picture

I am not sure what is to laugh about, being successful/unsuccessful in college means very little little now. By many accounts he is held in high regard in his chosen proffession. There are a lot of has been & never were athletes that went on to become great instructors because they actually had to try and find other ways to get better because they may not have been physically as gifted as others. I assume GW falls into that category with teaching fundementals and his outside of the box training methods. No offense to your friend, but I have heard of GW, I haven't heard of your friend.

Yeah, well…that’s just like, your opinion, man.

Oakland Buckeye's picture

2 words - John Gruden.

He ascended to a super bowl winning Head coach & was the scrubby backup QB at D3 Dayton.

My son has done two sessions with his "Black Ops" training - and he has gone to about 5 other different qB schools, Whitfileds was by far the best & he gained more from that than anyone....

Gametime's picture

I mean, not that they're "the worst *******" " QBs, but it's not like these guys coaching the Elite 11 were world beaters and as a matter of fact, most of the best coaches in football sucked as players.

Between goals and achievement is discipline and consistency. That fire you have inside to do whatever you love is placed there by God. Now go claim it. ~ Denzel Washington

Crimson's picture

I sure hope the university he works for doesn't fire him.  He's so good at what he does.

Chief B1G Dump's picture

Fake it till you make it. Those who can't do, teach. Don't fake the funk on a nasty dunk. Doctor Phil isn't a doctor. Judge Judy isn't a judge. I guess Whitfield isn't a QB, he just stayed at a Holiday Inn Express. 

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buckeyedude's picture

Very true, Chief. "Dr." Laura Schlesinger, radio talk show personality who(m?) I used to listen to quite a bit, wasn't an actual Dr. But she was/is wise IMHO, and I still respected her opinion. But you can't deny that it is somewhat deceitful.

It's better to just be honest.

 

 

skid21's picture

Have we seen any progress from Braxton since he has been working with him? I have to say I'm skeptical that any improvement was the result of working with this guy. We still saw all the weaknesses in Brax last year that we saw the year before. He made some progress in those areas but was it the result of spending time with this guy or was it the result of spending time with the OSU coaches? Serious question.

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OSUBias's picture

Great question. I disagree, slightly, but think it's a worthy way to spend our time in the off season. 

I don't think we saw the same weaknesses last year. I think we saw him slow down on bolting and running as soon as his first read was covered or the pocket broke down. However, all that did was highlight a new and possibly more serious issue: he never, ever, anticipates and throws a WR open. He waits, thinks he's open, waits until he's sure, then waits another half second, then throws it as hard as he can to make up for the lost time. 

Herman is doing work to fix this. I take him over a consultant any day. Open to other arguments, though. 

Shitter's full

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Jpfbuck's picture

Given that college coaches get a limited number of coaching days to work with a QB and that part of that time is split off with the backups, I think working with a QB specific coach in the off season is a great idea. Whether Mr Whitfield is the right one I have no idea, but even pro QB's go to "guru's" in the off season to work on little improvements, especially early in their careers.

coaches only get 29 pre-season practices, and another 2 dozen or so in the spring as well as a few during the season, but most of the ones in season are dedicated to game prep not player development, so the time someone like Herman gets to spend "legally" with Miller is very limited, so getting an additional couple of dedicated weeks with some like Whitfield can be invaluable, especially when someone like Miller does participate in the spring ball

causeicouldntgo43's picture

I suspect Herman and Meyer likely "vetted" Whitfield in some way before they allowed BM to get some additional coaching there. At least I hope they did. Even if some of his personal experience as a QB was "imagined", the techniques and mental approach he employs in his teachings may be sound. At least I hope they are. I'm not familiar with QB coaches, but I know that some (all?) of the best golf guru's weren't great tour players.

teddyballgame's picture

So I guess the question becomes who's using who here.  Associating himself with really talented QBs is no doubt great for building his personal brand, but I'm much less certain about his qualifications and how much he's actually improving them.

el duderino's picture

Interesting wrinkle to this: George Whitefield's resume (from the link in the article) has a video of his "highlights" from afl2. What gives? Did he just claim someone else's highlights as his own? Or did he actually play some?

"This is a very complicated case: a lot of ins, lot of outs, lot of what-have-yous."