Eddie George talks being among modern-era Hall of Fame nominees with Steve McNair
NASHVILLE, Tenn.--Eight former Titans players are among the 108 modern-era nominees for the 2018 Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Led by Eddie George and Steve McNair, the list includes Kyle Vanden Bosch, Kevin Mawae, Steve Hutchinson, Lorenzo Neal, Gary Anderson, and Randy Moss.
Unlike the rest of the pack, George and McNair spent nearly their entire careers as Titans, each making the transition from Houston to Nashville. McNair and George were also among the modern-era nominations in 2016.
Speaking with FOX 17 News, George says he found out on Tuesday morning about his nomination from his youngest son, who saw the information and texted his dad.
George says he's honored to again be part of the conversation. "To be considered is an honor in itself. I really feel grateful and blessed. The fact we're even having this conversation means so much. For people to recognize my accomplishments both on and off the field means a lot."
George will be going up against notable names from the 1980s and beyond. Other modern-era nominees include Tiki Barber, Earnest Byner, Roger Craig, Corey Dillon, Edgerrin James, Lorenzo Neal, Fred Taylor, Herschel Walker, and Ricky Watters.
One thing that stands out for George is he joined the 10,000 yards rushing club after eight years in the league. During those eight years -all with HOU/TENN- he started every game and never missed one, something the other backs in the class cannot boast.
Another stat George holds is owning the second-most consecutive career starts with 130 games. That total is second only to the legendary Walter Payton (178).
George points out while the tendency for most of us is to immediately look at the numbers, there is a lot to be said for what's not recorded. "You can look at stats, but for all of us in that era, you've got to remember how physical the game was," George says. "On top of that, we were in one of the league's toughest divisions and didn't have much balance early on."
George says he's also happy for his former teammates that were nominated. FOX 17 News asked George what he could share on Steve McNair and how he stands out from the rest of the quarterback nominees.
"His toughness. He was an outstanding leader on the field," George says. "Steve was quintessential warrior. People look at numbers but you can't only do that in the NFL. Unless you've been there it's hard to appreciate what it takes to not only be successful, but what it takes to even get to Sunday week after week."
George says when you look at McNair early in his career and see where he wound up, it was something to marvel at. "It was tough for him early without many weapons. To watch him evolve into what he became was truly phenomenal."
McNair will face a smaller but just as notable field. Quarterbacks nominated include Randall Cunningham, Rich Gannon, Donovan McNabb, and Phil Simms.