Eddie George, a former American football player in NFL who played for a span of nine seasons, is worth $2.5 million as on 2018. He retired when he was just 30 due to several toe and ankle injuries which led to mediocre performances in the games. Eddie prepared himself to become an entrepreneur towards the end of his football career and is a very successful businessman today. Not just focusing on pocketing millions, Eddie also involves in various philanthropic activities.

Early Life

Edward Nathan George Jr. was born in Philadelphia. He went to Abington Senior High School until the 10th grade and transferred to Fork Union Military Academy. As a student, George played for Abington Raiders in his school.

George majored in landscape architecture from Ohio State University where he played for Ohio State Buckeyes Football and won the Heisman Trophy. He also holds an MBA from Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.

Eddie is married to singer and actress Tamara Johnson since 2004, and the couple has two children.

Career

Football

George was the first-round draft selection of the Tennessee Titans in 1996 NFL Draft. Eddie was positioned as a running back in the NFL. He played for the Titans from 1996 to 2003. George was released from the Titans due to decline in his productivity because of several toe and ankle injuries.

Later in 2004, he signed a one-year contract with Dallas Cowboys for $1.5 million and officially retired in 2006 when he was 30.

His total career totals include 10,441 rushing yards, 268 receptions, 2,227 receiving yards and 78 touchdowns.

In the span of 9 seasons in NFL, George achieved many awards including NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year(1996), Walter Camp Award, Doak Walker Award and Big Ten Most Valuable Player.

Business

As his retirement days were nearing, George was looking for ways to start a business in landscape designing. In 2003, he founded Edge Group, landscape architecture and design firm which was merged with Design Place within a year. Although his major in landscape architecture was handy, he wanted to enhance his knowledge about business, finance and management. He soon got an MBA from Northwestern University in 2011 and is currently a very successful entrepreneur.

Eddie started a restaurant in Nashville, Eddie George’s Sports Grill which was shut down after a four-year run. Later he started another restaurant in Ohio, Eddie George’s Grill 27 which is running successfully.

He is part owner of Elite clothing line with Jerome Bettis.

Films and TV Shows

Eddie George has appeared in over 20 movies and TV series, taking up various roles including Brother’s Keeper, Other Versions of You, Ballers, The Road you are going down Into the Sun, and I Married a Baller.

He has also appeared as himself in over 40 TV series and documentaries like Home & Family, A Football Life, Mike & Mike, 60 Minutes Sports, Straight from the Horses Mouth and Survivor.

Apart from hosting The Quad in the Big Ten Network, George stars in the reality TV series I Married a Baller, along with his wife, Tamara.

He also appears on the Broadway in the play Chicago.

George appeared as a design judge on a new reality show American Dream Builders.

Eddie George Net Worth

The former American football player, who is currently hosting The Quad in the Big Ten Network, is worth $2.5 million today. The player turned entrepreneur makes his big bucks from

House

He owns an 8,558 square foot house in Brentwood, Nashville which he purchased for $1.675 million in 2007. The three-storied home has five bedrooms, seven bathrooms and sits on 0.44 acres.

Endorsements

George also endorses few products the earnings of which add up to his net worth. He endorses fitness products companies like EGX Lifestyle.

He also endorses Nissan brand and also had appeared in one of its commercials.

Philanthropy

George also has widened his activities in philanthropy. He founded a non-profit organisation Visions with Infinite Possibilities.

In 2006, George was appointed a spokesperson for Tennessee’s GetFitTN program which aims at preventing Type 2 Diabetes and promoting healthier, more active lifestyle.

Eddie George also supports charity foundations like American Heart Association and American Stroke Association.

Conclusion

In an interview, Eddie stated that he went through a depressed phase when he retired from football and entered into business. The world outside the football was entirely different and new. He was determined to learn as much as possible and started various ventures in collaboration with different firms. Yes, it is not painless for an athlete who has gone through rigorous training to excel in his field to think of a career outside athletics. Yet, Life has to go on, and Eddie George is a living example.  With his expertise and thirst for business knowledge, we can expect more new ventures and collaborations from George.

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