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Former NFL Star Eddie George Tapped to be Next Head Football Coach for Tennessee State


Tennessee State University recently made the announcement that the college welcomes former NFL player Eddie George as its new head football coach.



"All I have done has prepared me for this moment, whether that's my football career, my entrepreneurial endeavors, my acting career," George said in a university statement.


"Coaching is a full commitment, a duty of service," he said. "I take that seriously. I've done a lot of soul searching and due diligence. The more I thought about it, I got more and more excited about it. It was like picking up an old guitar or getting back on a bike, it's familiar but in a different capacity."


George is an award-winning athlete who played eight years as a tailback for the Tennessee Titans, formerly known as the Houston Oilers. Drafted in 1996, he won NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year the same year.


He is the latest former NFL player to become a coach at a Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU).


Last year, Deion Sanders was announced as the head football coach for Jackson State, and he is currently finishing his first season.



"For decades, TSU has always made bold and strategic hires within our athletic programs that laid the foundation for our storied success in sports," said university president Glenda Glover, who made the initial call to gauge George's interest. "Eddie George, with the resources he will bring to TSU, is the right choice and investment for the future of the TSU football program and the TSU community."