One of Ohio State’s all-time great running backs is a semifinalist for the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Eddie George was named Wednesday as one of 26 semifinalists for the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s class of 2022, marking the first time George has been selected as a semifinalist for enshrinement in Canton.
During an appearance on NFL Network minutes after the semifinalists were announced, George said he was “floored and honored” by the recognition from the Hall of Fame’s selection committee.
“It's such an honor to be considered for the NFL Hall of Fame. Something that's completely out of your control, you try not to think about it, but to be considered for this, a semifinalist, is tremendous,” George said. “I'm just truly, truly floored and honored.
“This is not an easy fraternity to get into. Just to be considered for it is an accomplishment unto itself.”
George, who won the Heisman Trophy in his final season at Ohio State in 1995 after rushing for 1,927 yards (then a single-season record, since surpassed by J.K. Dobbins) and 24 touchdowns, went on to play in the NFL for nine years. George rushed for 10,441 yards over the course of his nine-year career, as he topped 1,000 rushing yards in seven of his eight seasons with the Houston Oilers/Tennessee Titans before finishing his NFL career with the Dallas Cowboys in 2004.
He is already enshrined in the College Football Hall of Fame, earning that honor in 2012.
George just completed his first season as the head football coach at Tennessee State University, where his team went 5-6 this year.