Eddie George is scoring on stage in Chicago
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. —
From Heisman Trophy winner to Broadway musicals.
Eddie George is living his dream well beyond the NFL.
The former Tennessee Titan is in town starring in the musical Chicago.
One could say Eddie George went from one big stage to another.
When he hung up his cleats, he started commentating.
Then the desire for the big lights struck him again.
George has been a top-notch performer all his life.
Now, he's playing the role of the smooth-talking lawyer Billy Flynn in the hit Broadway musical Chicago.
George told NewsChannel 9, "It's gratifying to have something to look forward to on a daily basis that I love doing. I love performing, so it's been a wonderful experience."
A few years ago, he ventured onto the stage.
Of course, Chicago requires singing.
So does he have singing in his background? "In the shower, yeah I had background singing in the shower," George said with a chuckle.
With the commentating and public speaking, he took voice lessons. "And my acting coach always told me, said, 'Yeah, you could be a singer and I'm like please, let's just do these lessons, get my voice right for speaking and that's it.'" And opportunity came up for me to aduition for the role of Billy Flynn."
And the rest is history for this Heisman Trophy winner and former bruising Titans running back. He still follows them closely and is excited about the upcoming season.
"I think they have the foundation to make a serious run."
They were close this past season. "There were about six or seven games that they could've won and should've won, but that was due to them being not mature enough at that point to be a true playoff team."
From memorizing a playbook to nailing your lines on stage, George sees quite a few similarities between playing football and the theatre."The same thing holds true in acting. You gotta be on time with your beats, your cues, you have to trust the other actors around you."
A few tickets are left for the show's finale Friday night at The Tivoli.
Doors open at 6:30pm and the show starts at 7:30pm.