Jeff George and Brett Favre came into the NFL in the early '90s, but that's where the similarities end. George, the first-overall pick in 1990, was known more for his mercurial disposition and unfulfilled potential; Favre, a 1993 third-rounder was, until last year, one of the league's most popular players and a Super Bowl champion.
Both players are currently out of the NFL, although Favre's return is imminent (because, well, that's how he rolls). The 41-year-old George, who last saw the field in '01, would gladly welcome a chance to play again. I suspect Jason Whitlock fully supports this.
"I feel like I can still play, and if there's someone out there to give me a shot, that would be wonderful," George said last week on his way back home to Indianapolis from one of his frequent trips to Champaign, where he tutors Atkins and a couple of other young area quarterbacks. ...
"You look throughout the league, you see 20 teams that need quarterbacks – 20 teams need starters – and probably everybody needs a backup," George said. "In my opinion, there's just not a lot of quality quarterbacks out there these days."
I can't disagree with that -- the NFL is full of backups who represent huge drop-offs from the guys they play behind. Despite the physical tools, teams haven't shown interest in George. Part of me wonders if this has more to do with the perception that he is difficult to work with than the fact that he's been on this planet for more than four decades.
I mean, if Brad Johnson can hold down a job as a second- or third-string quarterback, certainly there's room for George. Better yet: a team in the market for a starter (like, say, the Vikings) might also want to consider him. He's just like Favre, but with out the megalomania. See?