Sunday was the 27 day mark until the start of the 2014 season. Below you will find some information about Eddie George. If you would like to read about offensive innovator Sid Gillman, CB Ray Ellis and the 27 players to wear No. 27, go here.
Eddie George, RB (1992-95)
Born: 1973 (Philadelphia)
High School: Fork Union Military Academy
The Buckeyes were 38-10-2 with George on the team.
1993 Big Ten Title.
1993 Defeated BYU in the Holiday Bowl.
1995 Heisman Trophy Winner.
1995 Doak Walker Award.
1995 Maxwell Award.
1995 Walter Camp Player of the Year Award.
1995 Big Ten MVP.
1995 Team MVP
2001 No. 27 was retired in his honor.
2006 Inducted into the Ohio State Athletics Hall of Fame.
2012 Inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame.
Eddie George's Ohio State career per The Ohio State Team Guide:
Eddie George led Ohio State in rushing in 1994 and 1995. The 1,927 yards he gained in 1995 is an Ohio State single season record.
At the start of the 1995 season, Eddie George was, at best, a long-shot contender for the Heisman Trophy. By season’s end, he was a runaway choice, easily outdistancing runner-up Tommy Frazier of Nebraska for college football’s most coveted award.
As Ohio State’s sixth Heisman recipient, George rushed for a school-record 1,927 yards and 24 touchdowns. Included in that yardage total were three 200-yard games, one of which was an Ohio State record 314 yards against Illinois Nov. 11, 1995.
George’s other honors in 1995 included the Doak Walker Award, the Maxwell Award, the Walter Camp Player of the Year Award and Big Ten MVP. He also was a team co-captain.
George, who attended Abington (Pa.) High School and then Fork Union Military Academy, played only sparingly his first two years at Ohio State. Given the chance to start, he rushed for 1,442 yards as a junior and completed his career as the second leading rusher in Ohio State history with 3,668 yards.
Selected by the Houston Oilers in the first round of the NFL Draft, he was the 1996 NFL Rookie of the Year and played nine years of professional football, earning four Pro Bowl berths. He currently holds a number of business interests and hosts the “Big Ten Quad” on the Big Ten Network.
In June of 2001, Eddie earned a bachelor’s degree in landscape architecture from Ohio State. He was a 2006 inductee into the Ohio State University Athletics Hall of Fame.
His jersey number “27” was retired Nov. 10, 2001. In July 2012 he was inducted into the NFF and College FB Hall of Fame.
The Big Ten’s top offensive player receives the Graham-George Offensive Player of the Year award.
The 1995 Record-Setting Illinois Game:
Eddie's Big Run and Back-Breaking Touchdown against Notre Dame:
An interesting story per Wikipedia:
George's mother changed her schedule as a flight attendant (at the request of Eddie's agent, Lamont Smith) to be in San Antonio for Eddie's signing of his first NFL contract on July 19, 1996. If she hadn't, she would have been aboard TWA Flight 800, which crashed shortly after takeoff two days earlier.