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George calls induction special since not from TN

Published on NewsOK Modified: May 17, 2014 at 8:34 pm •  Published: May 17, 2014

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Former Tennessee Titans running back Eddie George says he's deeply honored to be inducted into the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame given that the state became his adopted home during his NFL career.

"It's really cool to be inducted into the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame, considering I'm not from Tennessee, but considering the great coaches and players that come from this state that are in this building, it's really remarkable to be in the same class," the Philadelphia native said Saturday night.

The 1996 Heisman Trophy winner at Ohio State, George arrived in Tennessee in 1997 when the then-Houston Oilers moved to the state, and he and became the franchise's career rushing leader with 10,009 yards over an eight-year span before he finished in 2004 with the Dallas Cowboys.

During his time with the Titans, the team made its only Super Bowl appearance, losing to the St. Louis Rams following the 1999 season.

"It was just a way of recognizing my career here in Tennessee and when we moved from Houston to become a huge part of this community and to have those great years while I was playing," George said.

The state sports hall of fame also honored former Colorado Rockies first baseman Todd Helton, who retired last year, as the 2014 Tennessean of the Year. The Knoxville native played football and baseball at the University of Tennessee before being drafted by the Rockies.

"To be honored as Tennessean of the Year is fabulous. I'm humbled," Helton said. "To see some of the names like Pat Head Summitt, Coach (Phillip) Fulmer and to just walk in some of the same shoes they've walked in just amazing."

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