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Eddie George Was 'Heartbroken' That He Didn't Get An Offer To Play Running Back At Penn State

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CLEVELAND, OH - MAY 26: Former Ohio State and NFL player Eddie George walks off the court after the Cleveland Cavaliers defeated the Atlanta Hawks during Game Four of the Eastern Conference Finals of the 2015 NBA Playoffs at Quicken Loans Arena on May 26, 2015 in Cleveland, Ohio. The Cavaliers defeated the Hawks 118-88. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

Eddie George's college career at Ohio State went about as well as you could hope, but it wasn't the Big Ten power he wanted to play for growing up.

Eddie George ran for 1,927 yards and 24 touchdowns for the Buckeyes in 1995. He took home the Heisman Trophy for his efforts.

However, if Joe Paterno had been a bit more opened-minded, he might've been in blue and white, instead of scarlet and grey. George said as much in a recent radio interview.

He grew up just outside of Philadelphia as a Penn State fan. The Nittany Lions recruited him once he went down to Virginia's Fork Union Military Academy.

Penn State was George's dream school, and it certainly sounds like he would've gone there. There was only one problem:

Penn State coaches didn't want him at running back. They wanted him to play outside linebacker.

That was a deal breaker for George, and as his college and NFL career showed, for good reason. He went to Ohio State, and then on to a sensational NFL career for the Houston Oilers/Tennessee Titans, making four Pro Bowls and rushing for over 10,000 career yards.

George discussed it with Big Ten Network's Tom Dienhart on his podcast today. From the show:

That's definitely a big recruiting miss for Penn State back in the 1990s. George's full answer:

"Oh yeah. Big Blue was my heart, man. I wanted nothing more than to play at Penn State. I went to Penn State's football camp as a youth in high school. They knew about me. And when they found out that I was at Fork Union they brought me up for a game to watch Notre dame, and they looked at me and said 'Man you know what, you need to play outside linebacker.' "I was like 'Ah, I want to come to Penn State, but I want to compete at running back. They were like 'No, we have enough depth there. We've got Ki-Jana Carter. We've got Mike Archie. We've got Stephen Pitts.' Richie Anderson was about to leave. So they said 'We have enough depth and enough youth there' and it broke my heart because I really wanted to don the blue and white and black shoes, man. That's what I wanted to do. I wanted to wear big blue and white so bad. "But I wised up and took my trip to Ohio State and said 'This is the place.' It just felt right. It felt right. Coach Cooper said 'Listen, I can't guarantee you're going to start, or even play, but I'll let you compete at running back. No doubt about it.' So based off of that, he gave me the opportunity. I took it and ran with it."

That is quite the understatement. For his part, current Penn State head coach James Franklin would still take George on his team.

Unfortunately for Penn State, Eddie George's eligibility is very much expired. Of course, based on Saquon Barkley's recent success, the Nittany Lions know how to produce running back talent. They should be just fine.