Where Are They Now - Jeff George
July 3, 2014
Jeff George - QB - 1987-1989
Illinois flooded the college football quarterback market as the Fighting Illini produced a decade's worth of elite QBs, some of the best in school history. George was a part of the QB dominance at Illinois, which anchored the success of the Fighting Illini teams during this era. Originally signing to play at Purdue, George transferred to Illinois after head coach Leon Burtnett was fired from the Boilermakers' staff. In his first year with the Illini, George led the Orange and Blue to a 6-4-1 record, throwing for 2,257 yards with nine touchdowns and eight interceptions, producing an appearance in the 1988 All-American Bowl against Florida. With a year of Illini experience under his belt, George led a talented squad into the 1989 season. As a junior, George had a breakout year, passing for over 2,700 yards with 22 touchdowns and 12 interceptions, leading the Illini to a 10-2-1 record and their second-straight bowl appearance. Great QB play helped George earn the Sammy Baugh award, given to the nation's top college passer. George earned MVP honors at the 1990 Citrus Bowl, completing 26-of-38 for 321 yards and three TDs and leading the Illini to a 31-21 victory over Virginia. George opted out of his senior year and entered the 1990 NFL draft. In just two short seasons, George manufactured one of the best quarterback careers in Illini history.
George was picked No. 1 overall in 1990 by the Indianapolis Colts, his hometown team, becoming Illinois' first No. 1 pick in the main NFL Draft. George played four seasons with the Colts before joining the Atlanta Falcons for the next three seasons. He then went to Oakland, where he led the NFL in passing yards (3,917) in 1997. Over a 14-year span, George signed with seven different teams, becoming a household name in the NFL. Upon the conclusion of his NFL career, Jeff George completed 2,298 passes for 27,602 yards with 154 TDs and an 80.4 passer rating.
Today, George lives in Indianapolis, Indiana, with his wife, Teresa, and three children: Jeff George Jr., Jordan, and Jayden. Jeff Jr. plans to join the Fighting Illini as a quarterback in January.