NASHVILLE – Time flies when you’re with Titans legend Eddie George.
Current Titans running back Derrick Henry found that out over the summer on a cross-country flight from Los Angeles to Nashville after the Heisman Trophy winners shot a commercial together.
“Eddie, he is a friend, really more like a big brother to me,” Henry said of George. “That flight from L.A. to Nashville, it was like a 3 ½ hour plane ride. I am not a long plane ride type of guy, but it was great. I enjoyed it. It was great because me and Eddie were in first class and we talked the whole flight, for 3 ½ or 4 hours.
“We talked about everything, and I was able to find out so much more about him. I can talk to Eddie about anything. He really is like a brother to me.”
George, who ran for 10,009 yards while playing from 1996-2003 with the Titans, will have his No.27 retired at halftime of Sunday’s game against the Indianapolis Colts at Nissan Stadium.
Henry, of course, will be busy. The fourth-year running back from Alabama has turned into a real workhorse for the Titans, like George was during his playing days with the team.
Henry said George has never been too busy for him.
In fact, George texted Henry after his big game on Sunday against the Browns, when he scored two touchdowns, including one on a 75-yard touchdown catch.
Henry said George has always been supportive. Last season, if you remember, Henry credited George for lighting a fire under him with a midseason pep talk, which jumpstarted his season. Henry finished last season with 1,059 yards and 12 touchdowns.
“When we talk, he is always positive,” Henry said of George. “He is always giving me knowledge. He takes time to do those things. I definitely appreciate it, because he has a lot of things going on. It is always cool for me.”
Henry said he grew up an Eddie George fan in Yulee, Florida.
Not long after he got to Tennessee, he asked the team’s video staff for some of George’s game film.
“I try to watch him,” Henry said. “But I've been watching Eddie since I was a kid. He was big and physical, and he used that to his advantage. He could catch the ball, and he was fast. He was just a nasty player in all aspects of his game. Not many come around like that. The Hall of Fame is just waiting for him to get there.”
On Thursday, George was listed among the 122 modern-era nominees for the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s 2020 class.
In addition to George’s No.27, the Titans will also retire Steve McNair’s No. 9 jersey on Sunday.
“9 and 27,” Henry said. “Those are two legends right there. It’s well-deserved.”
Titans Online looks back at franchise legends Eddie George and Steve McNair in Super Bowl XXXIV. (AP Photos)
A first-round pick (14th overall) by the Houston Oilers in the 1996 NFL Draft, Eddie George became only the second NFL running back to rush for 10,000 yards, while never missing a start, as Tennessee's starter through 2003. (Photos: Donn Jones, AP)
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This Sunday, September 15 will be a special day as the Titans retire QB Steve McNair’s No. 9 jersey and RB Eddie George’s No. 27 jersey during halftime of the team's home opener vs the Indianapolis Colts.
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