Eddie George was the best college football player in 1995, winning the Heisman Trophy before being drafted in the first round by the Houston Oilers.
He led the Tennessee Titans to Super Bowl 34, but 11 years after his retirement George has found his second act. He's now in the bright light in the big city on Broadway in the lead role as the conniving lawyer in the musical "Chicago."
"Broadway is now my Super Bowl in the bright lights," George said.
As a high school sensation in Philadelphia, George says he had no interest in acting however his mother took him to Freedom Hall in and he got his first taste of acting.
In 2004, his football career was over. He then got serious about acting, taking lessons that led him to leading roles in the hardest of plays of all: Shakespeare's Julius Caesar.
Barry Weissler, the producer of Chicago, heard of George tackling these difficult roles in the Nashville Shakespeare Festival.
Despite having any formal Broadway experience, he realized George was the perfect fit to play Billy Flynn.
"I wanted an athlete to play the role, and George was my guy," Weissler said.
George says he relates to Eddie Flynn. Both he and the character are constantly evolving.
He follows in the footsteps of Richard Gere and Usher who also played the iconic figure.
However, George did not contact either guy regarding the role, he wanted to make his own adaptation of the character was his and his only.
"I wanted to bring my own view of Flynn to the character," George said.
Now, the musical will not only require George to act, but also dance and sing, which does not seem to be a problem for this Renaissance man.
George's run on Broadway goes through February 28.AlertMe