Awestruck Eddie

By Adam Caparell - June 30, 2007

AUSTIN, Texas - On a weekend where he's one of the featured guests, Eddie George is still admittedly a little awestruck. The 1995 Heisman Trophy winner, here at the Barton Creek Resort & Spa for the inaugural HWA's Heisman Winner's Weekend, can only shake his head at the idea that he's a member of one of sports most exclusive fraternities.

"When you look at the highlights of Charles White, Desmond Howard, Ty Detmer, who broke 42 NCAA records," George said, "you're like, 'Damn, this is a great group that's done some amazing things' and I'm like, 'I did, too! I'm a part of this, too."

Watching 1957 winner John David Crow and 1977 winner Earl Campbell being honored in front of the largest gathering of Heisman winners ever assembled in history Friday night, George was mesmerized as reels of Crow dodging tacklers and Campbell handing out some of the nastiest stiff arms you'll ever see were beamed for everyone in the Darrell Royal Ballroom.

"And that's just the tip of the iceberg," George said. "You've still got Barry Sanders, Bo Jackson, Herschel Walker, Jim Plunkett, Roger Staubach and the list goes on and on and on."

Now 12 years removed from winning the most prestigious individual award in sports, the idea that he was once recognized as college football's best player gives George chills.

"I still get goose bumps," George said. "It inspires you. You want to continue to see this and the winners and stories to shine. That's what it's about."

George is an interesting Heisman winner because he actually aspired to win the award for as long as he can remember, growing up a huge college football fan, unlike others who had no idea the award existed until they got on to a college campus.

George remembers watching Marcus Allen and Herschel Walker give their Heisman Trophy acceptance speeches on TV and then practicing his own in the mirror, boastfully telling his mother he would someday be in New York, in front of the cameras holding that heavy award.

"I wanted to be a Heisman Trophy winner," George said. "You get four shots at that and there are thousands of athletes and if you stand out as the best among them for one particular year, that's something no one can ever take away from you."

Posted by Adam Caparell at 06:57 PM on June 30, 2007

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