There are 27 days until the Buckeyes kick off the 2018 season. For that, we honor the man who made the number 27 famous at Ohio State, Eddie George, the 1995 Heisman winner, who went on to have enormous success in the NFL with the Tennessee Titans and the Dallas Cowboys.
When the 1995 season kicked off, the Buckeyes had the team to contend for the National Championship. George was the main focus for the offense along with wide receiver Terry Glenn, quarterback Bobby Hoying and tight end Rickey Dudley. George and the Buckeyes played Boston College, Washington and Pittsburgh before the big game against Notre Dame. The game against the Fighting Irish kicked off the Heisman campaign for George.
That day, he rushed for 207 yards and Ohio State won 45-36.
With the season rolling, Illinois came to Columbus and George broke the single game rushing record as a Buckeye. George rushed for 314 yards and added three touchdowns.
Still, to this day, no Ohio State running back has reached that in a single game.
In George’s final season he rushed for 1,927 yards and 24 touchdowns. He became the sixth Buckeye to win the Heisman trophy.
There have been many great running backs to play at Ohio State after George, such as Maurice Clarett, Chris “Beanie” Wells, Carlos Hyde and Ezekiel Elliott, but none of them have come close to winning the Heisman trophy while at Ohio State.
Only Elliott came close to replicating the production that George set the standard for at Ohio State.
After his time at Ohio State, George went on to have a great career in the NFL. As the 14th overall selection in the 1996 NFL Draft, he won NFL Rookie of the Year, was a 4x Pro Bowl selection, rushed for 10,441 rushing yards and scored 68 touchdowns.
In 2011, George was selected to the College Football Hall of Fame for his accomplishments at Ohio State.
His career was truly a remarkable one.