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September 11, 2008
by Ryan Hudson
At this point, you have to begin to wonder if Jeff George has some seriously incriminating photos of Jason Whitlock.
If you didn't know, Whitlock was an offensive tackle in high school, where his quarterback was one Jeff George. And since that time, they've been BFF, with Whitlock writing columns every couple of years, calling for some team to give George another shot at NFL glory. The latest team? Yep, the New England Patriots.
You need Jeff George.
Don’t laugh. Pick the newspaper back up. Keep reading. You didn’t listen to me last week, and what happened?
You need Jeff George. Yes, that Jeff George, the No. 1 pick in the 1990 draft, the guy who tongue-lashed June Jones in Atlanta, had one great season in Oakland and Minnesota before falling victim to Marty Schottenheimer’s wrath in Washington.
Two things here: first, Whitlock claims "he warned [Belichick] that if [he] played Brady against the Chiefs, he might suffer an injury to his leg or knee." Who knew Whitlock could see the future? Secondly, you're probably asking yourself, "Wait, Jeff George? Has he even played in this decade?"
Yes, I know Jeff George hasn’t thrown a pass in an actual NFL game since 2001 and hasn’t been on a roster since Lovie Smith and the Bears let him go at the end of the 2005 season.
You do realize that Todd Collins went six years without starting an NFL game before leading Washington to three victories last season? You realize Todd Collins was never as good as Jeff George?
You realize even at age 40 and having lived in football exile for three years, Jeff George still has one of the five best arms in the game? Oh, he can still wing it with the best of them. He’s in great shape. He’s ready to go right now.
I'm not sure when exactly it happened, but a few years back, it got to the point where it seemed as though Christopher Walken had become had a parody of himself
, almost as if he was doing his own Walken-impression.
Along the same lines, it seems that every time a QB gets injured, someone jokes that Whitlock will suggest they pick up Jeff George, but is it really a joke anymore, since Whitlock seemingly always complies? It appears the outspoken columnist is becoming a mockery of himself.