Eddie George, the 1995 Heisman Trophy winner, has been named a Pro Football Hall of Fame semifinalist for the second time, the Hall announced on Tuesday (Nov. 28).
George, who just finished his third season as the Head Coach at Tennessee State and led the Tigers to a 6-5 season, was first named a semifinalist in 2022.
The 25 semifinalists will be reduced again — to 15 finalists — before the final voting process for the Class of 2024.
George was taken with the 14th pick by the Houston Oilers in the 1996 NFL draft and ran for 1,368 yards during his 1996 Offensive Rookie-of-the-Year campaign before joining the franchise in its move to Tennessee.
George thrived as a Titan, gaining over 1,000 yards in his first four years in Tennessee, highlighted by a monster 1999 season that saw him post career highs with 1,509 rushing yards on 403 carries, 14 rushing TDs and 50 receptions. Tennessee made it to the Super Bowl, coming within a yard of beating the St. Louis Rams.
George had two more 1,000-yard seasons with the Titans, played one year for Dallas and retired in 2004 with 10,441 rushing yards, 268 receptions for another 2,227 yards and a combined 78 touchdowns. He started 130 consecutive games at one point, the second-longest streak in NFL history.
George’s 10,441 rushing yards remains 28th on the NFL’s all-time career rushing list.
The last Heisman winner to be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame was Charles Woodson in 2021.