NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) — Tennessee State made a major announcement about the future of the athletics program Tuesday morning.
TSU President Glenda Glover announced Titans legend Eddie George as the Tigers new head coach.
George said during the announcement that he wasn’t sure if he would take the job when it was initially offered to him.
“I was speechless, I was floored, I was like “no.” in the beginning. But, I have to be honest, I had some excitement about it,” said George. “I was like, man it would be pretty cool to be a head coach. I see what Deion (Sanders) did down in Jackson State and the energy he created. Coaching was not on the forefront of my mind, but when I talked to my family I said, “Tamara (George’s wife) listen to this, they want me to be the head coach at Tennessee State University, do you believe that?” I said, “What do you think?” She said, “well why not?”‘
The Titans/Oilers selected George 14th overall in 1996 and he went on to rush for over 10,000 yards for the team.
Since retiring from the NFL, George has been unafraid to tackle an challenge from acting in Shakespeare, singing and dancing on Broadway, television rolls, starting his own wealth management company and more.
None of those challenges included coaching though, so this will be an entirely new challenge for the Titans legend. He reportedly has former Titans head coach Jeff Fisher advising him and Fisher’s son Brandon taking over as the Tigers defensive coordinator.