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File #: RS2021-956    Name:
Type: Resolution Status: Passed
File created: 5/10/2021 In control: Metropolitan Council
On agenda: 5/18/2021 Final action: 5/18/2021
Title: A resolution honoring and congratulating Eddie George, as the 22nd head football coach at Tennessee State University (TSU).
Sponsors: Sharon Hurt, Brandon Taylor, Kyonzte Toombs, Burkley Allen, Emily Benedict, Russ Bradford, Tom Cash, Thom Druffel, Erin Evans, Jennifer Gamble, Larry Hagar, Jonathan Hall, Tonya Hancock, Angie Henderson, Courtney Johnston, Antoinette Lee, Bob Mendes, Kathleen Murphy, Bob Nash, Freddie OConnell, Sean Parker, Russ Pulley, Dave Rosenberg, John Rutherford, Sandra Sepulveda, Colby Sledge, Joy Styles, Zulfat Suara, Robert Swope, Jeff Syracuse, Nancy VanReece, Ginny Welsch, Brett Withers
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A resolution honoring and congratulating Eddie George, as the 22nd head football coach at Tennessee State University (TSU).
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WHEREAS, on April 13, 2021 Eddie George was named the 22nd head football coach at Tennessee State University (TSU). Eddie George brings a deep knowledge as a former National Football League (NFL) running back to this position; and
WHEREAS, the TSU football program has 13 Black national championships to its name; and
WHEREAS, George's businesses include wealth management company he had been focused on in recent months along with playing golf. Also, an actor, George has appeared on Broadway and TV, stating all that prepared him for this moment; and
WHEREAS, Eddie George, a four-time Pro Bowl running back with the Tennessee Titans and the 1995 Heisman Trophy winner with Ohio State. He was drafted in the first round of the 1996 NFL Draft and played professionally for the Tennessee Titans (both in Tennessee and in Houston when the franchise was known as the Houston Oilers) and Dallas Cowboys; and
WHEREAS, George graduated from Ohio State in 2001 with a bachelor's degree in Landscape Architecture. He later earned an MBA from Northwestern in 2009; and
WHEREAS, George was also an intricate part of the Gateway to Heritage Project on Jefferson Street. His involvement was historic, and this project was the first of its kind by the Tennessee Department of Transportation; and
WHEREAS, Eddie George is married to Tamara "Taj" George and they have two sons, Eriq and Jaire; and
WHEREAS, George played in the NFL for nine seasons and his career totals include 10,441 rushing yards; 268 receptions, 2,227 receiving yards, and 78 touchdowns (68 rushing and 10 receiving); and
WHEREAS, George was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2011 and the Philadelphia Sports Hall of Fame in 2013; and
WHEREAS, George stated that, "this is a new Chapter for him. And the No. 1 goal is to win and bring prominence back to the university where it b...

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