Can someone please tell former QB bust Jeff George that his pleas to make it back on a roster in the National Football League are no longer needed. After all, George was not even all that good when he was in his “prime” and a starter in the league. Why would anyone now want a cry-baby and a headache like George, who basically played himself right out of the league a few years back with his play and bad attitude?
The story goes that the now 39-year-old George contacted Vikings play-by-play man Paul Allen the other day after watching the Vikings lackluster loss to the Eagles and asked him to gauge the team’s interest in him. True the Vikings passing attack is like watching paint dry, but to get desperate enough to sign George?! ‘After all,’ ” George told Allen, ” ‘we are both Illinois guys. That has to mean something.’ ”
This is not the first time, nor likely will it be the last, that the whiny George tries to latch on to a roster. It was just last season that the Raiders actually took a flier on George, and then he was never heard from again after his release. That is until he made it on the NFL Network on their news show “Total Access” and threw passes in a parking lot in an effort to show he still had enough arm strength to play in the league.
“I would love it,” George said. With a running back like Adrian Peterson, I would be licking my chops. With that running back, you need someone who can throw that deep ball, and I know I still can. I don’t care about the talent at receiver.” Maybe he should, as it has not helped QB’s Tavaris Jackson or Kelly Holcomb much this season. Maybe George should have seen the writing on the wall when Carolina signed Vinny Testaverde and didn’t even give him a call.
The funniest line from George came the other day when he said he would have no problem being the 3rd QB. “I’d be OK playing third string,” he said. “I think I can be a positive on the team.” Yeah, just like you were in Indy, Oakland, Minnesota (the first time), Washington and Seattle. George should focus more on a 2nd career, after all, his NFL career wasn’t all that great to begin with.