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RB Eddie George - (1995 Heisman Winner, CFB HOF, Renaissance man)

Discussion in 'Buckeye Alumni' started by LoKyBuckeye, Dec 29, 2003.

  1. Dryden

    Dryden Sober as Sarkisian Staff Member Tech Admin

    Eddie George Leaps to ‘Chicago’ From the N.F.L.
    Eddie George, center, during a curtain call after a performance of “Chicago” at the Ambassador Theater.


    “You hear jocks are supposed to stay in their sandbox,’’ said Lorenzo Neal, a former Titans teammate. “But he’s saying football’s not going to define him. And once he started doing Shakespeare, you saw his passion and his commitment.”

    “Chicago” came through a bit of serendipity. After attending a 2014 performance of the touring version of the show at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center in Nashville, Mr. George told its chief executive, Kathleen O’Brien, that he could play Flynn.

    “She asked, ‘Can you sing?’ and I said, ‘Of course,’” Mr. George explained. “And she said she’d make a few calls.”

    She subsequently told him that she had reached out to the Weisslers, who asked him to audition in New York at the Ambassador.

    “I got up onstage, wore my best suit and a top hat,” he said. “I was nervous and tight and I said, ‘No way am I getting this gig but I’m going all out and have some fun.’ I was auditioning on a Broadway stage!”

    About nine months later he got the call: The Weisslers wanted him.

    “He knocked us out,” Mr. Weissler said. “He’s a very truthful actor, he has tremendous charisma and an ebullient personality. And he moves like an angel.”

    At the end of his first performance, audience members chanted “Ed-die! Ed-die!,” which he first heard at college games. His co-stars Bianca Marroquin and Amra-Faye Wright handed him roses.

    Afterward, his friend Jerome Bettis, the Hall of Fame running back, who had watched the musical from the seventh row, praised the effort. “I knew he had a passion for theater but I didn’t know how far he was willing to go for it,’’ Mr. Bettis said. “To commit himself to a true art form to this point — I’ve got to commend him.”

    Looking slightly overwhelmed, Mr. George put it more simply: “I feel like I had sex,” he said from the stage. “I’m tired.”
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  2. Dryden

    Dryden Sober as Sarkisian Staff Member Tech Admin

    Eddie George’s restaurant moving to Grandview Yard
    Grille 27 leaving South Campus Gateway to take over location of Buckeye Hall of Fame

    By JD Malone
    The Columbus Dispatch • Thursday January 14, 2016 12:46 AM

    Eddie George’s Grille 27 is signing with a new team.

    The restaurant will leave its spot in the South Campus Gateway on N. High Street and move to Grandview Yard. Eddie George’s will take the place of the Buckeye Hall of Fame Grill and is expected to open in May.

    “Eddie George (the restaurant) contacted us and expressed interest in Grandview Yard,” said Brian Ellis, president of Nationwide Realty Investors, the developer of Grandview Yard. “And we took an interest in Eddie George’s. It is an excellent opportunity, and we are happy to have them."

    The Buckeye Hall of Fame Grill was owned by Nationwide Realty, and its five-year licensing agreement with Ohio State University expired this past fall, Ellis said.

    “Our comfort zone is as a landlord,” he said. “So when Eddie George’s team came along, we thought that might be a nice fit. This gave us an opportunity to continue a strong connection to OSU athletics.”

    The Buckeye Hall of Fame Grill will close on Saturday night.

    Eddie George’s Grille 27 was one of Gateway’s original tenants and has been there for 10 years.

    “We are excited to be moving to Grandview Yard,” Marc Buehler, president of g3 Restaurants, said in a news release. “We have had 10 great years on High Street.”

    South Campus Gateway was developed by Campus Partners, Ohio State’s real-estate arm. It has been plagued by vacancies and tenant turnover since it opened in 2005. The development needs a new strategy, according to local retail analyst Chris Boring of Boulevard Strategies.

    “I think it is another blow to what their original vision was,” Boring said. “I think they really need to rethink things there.”

    Campus Partners did not return a call seeking comment.

    Eddie George’s fits better at Grandview Yard, Boring said. The restaurant is too pricey for college kids and wasn’t in an ideal spot for the game-day crowd, he added.

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  3. Jagdaddy

    Jagdaddy Senior

    Perhaps we could add "Renaissance Man" to the thread title here?
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  4. Dryden

    Dryden Sober as Sarkisian Staff Member Tech Admin

    From football to the footlights: Ex-NFL star Eddie George is on Broadway
    Nancy Armour, USA TODAY Sports
    2:35 a.m. EST January 31, 2016

    NEW YORK — The reinvention of Eddie George is no act.

    The Heisman Trophy winner and 1996 NFL offensive rookie of the year, George is now playing Billy Flynn in the Broadway production of Chicago, one of the many roles he’s taken on in his transformation from running back to Renaissance man. Actor, financial adviser, small-business owner, college teacher. Just like in his playing days, George can’t be — won’t be — pinned down.

    “There’s more to life than just sports,” he said during a recent interview with USA TODAY Sports. “You can accomplish certain things with the proper mindset and the right disciplines. … That, to me, means more than anything else.

    “It’s not just about playing football and that’s it,” George added. “You can be a musician, you can be an engineer — all in this lifetime. You don’t have to confine yourself to one thing. You’re all things.”

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    Eddie George loving life in Big Apple, where he's had many life highlights
    Nancy Armour, USA TODAY Sports
    1:06 a.m. EST January 31, 2016

    NEW YORK — Though he’s never lived here, some of Eddie George’s best memories are from New York City.

    It is, of course, where he won the Heisman Trophyin 1995. That same night, he said, he met his now-wife, Taj. He eventually proposed to her on theBrooklyn Bridge, and they got married here.

    Now George is playing Billy Flynn in the Broadway production of Chicago, the biggest break yet of his post-NFL acting career.

    “This city has always — in a positive way — something life-changing happens for me here,” he said.

    George is embracing his extended time in the city. Rather than stay at a hotel, he rented a one-bedroom apartment on the Upper West Side so small that he jokingly refers to it as “The Box.” He takes the subway back and forth to the Ambassador Theatre in Times Square, using a MetroCard like any other New Yorker.

    At 6-3 and 235 pounds, George still looks like the NFL player he was and he occasionally draws double-takes as he walks to the subway station or while he’s on the train. One recent night, a man asked George who he was, saying he looked familiar.

    “Who do you think I look like?” George asked, a smile playing at the edge of his mouth.

    “Eddie George,” the man responded.

    “I AM Eddie George,” the Heisman Trophy winner said, breaking out in a big laugh.

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  5. Dryden

    Dryden Sober as Sarkisian Staff Member Tech Admin

    Long form read from SBNation. Eddie speaks candidly about being lost and addicted to Ambien post-NFL...

    Eddie George lost himself after the NFL, until he found himself on Broadway
    By Yaron Weitzman
    Jan 29, 2016, 10:59a

    Jeremy Daniel, 2015

    The Tennessee Titans all-time leading rusher struggled to find his way after his football career ended. Then he discovered another talent.

    He had spent nine years preparing for this very moment. Acting classes twice a week. Dance lessons, singing lessons, trips to New York City to watch Philip Seymour Hoffman perform Death of a Salesman and to see what life Jude Law could breathe into Hamlet.

    Now here he was, wearing a black suit, black tie and top hat, standing backstage in the remarkably plain-looking Room No. 1 of the Ambassador Theater, one of Broadway's most prestigious halls. Eventually he was told they were ready for him to come out on stage. He paced gingerly, his mind racing as he considered all the greats -- names like James Naughton and Nathan Lane -- that had performed under the very lights he was about to step into.

    "Do you know the song?" the piano player asked him.

    "I guess we'll find out," he said.

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  6. ScriptOhio

    ScriptOhio Everybody is somebody else's weirdo.

  7. ScriptOhio

    ScriptOhio Everybody is somebody else's weirdo.

  8. MaxBuck

    MaxBuck 2014 National Champions!

    Went way out on the limb for that one, eh? :huh:
  9. Dryden

    Dryden Sober as Sarkisian Staff Member Tech Admin

    Absolutely stole the show on the Season 2 finale of Ballers on HBO.

    NSFW (language).

  10. HilmerJ

    HilmerJ Junior

    keep gettin dem checks
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  11. Poe McKnoe

    Poe McKnoe Senior

    I live 5 minutes from the Bertram and I was trying to figure out where that "club" they went to was...

    Eddie, Eddie, Eddie
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  12. ORD_Buckeye

    ORD_Buckeye Wrong glass, Sir.

    Funny how the guy who's the poster boy for doing his post-nfl life right played a fictionalized version of himself who went flat broke, lived in his car for a year and had been given a Vince Young like pity job.
  13. AKAK

    AKAK Mayor of Turkey Balls Falls Staff Member Bookie

    Franco Harris would kill for a gig like that!
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  14. BayBuck

    BayBuck Buckeyes are best

    2017 Alumni Mag update on our very own Renaissance man:

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  15. Thump

    Thump Hating the environment since 1994

    Eddie being featured next Friday Night at 9pm on "A Football Life" on NFL Network.

    Set your DVRS.
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