Eddie George is an Ohio State football legend.
The 1995 Heisman Trophy winner racked up 3,768 rushing yards and 44 rushing touchdowns over his illustrious college career. He still holds the school record for rushing yards in a season with 1,927.
But don't think all that success came without a struggle. George—who worked out religiously in high school—remembers being surprised at the brutal intensity of OSU's workouts. The running was particularly dreadful. He said:
"[The biggest surprise was] the running. The running was intense. I don't think I've ever run as much as I did at Ohio State. We would run miles, 2 miles in the summer, in the heat, four days a week. Then we would run timed laps which were horrendous. It was just so hot. The intensity of the running was unreal, the volume was unbearable. But it made me stronger, it made me faster, I had a strong base going into the season. The competitive edge was created in that type of atmosphere, because everyone was fast and everyone was in great condition and everyone was super athletic. It created an environment to be very competitive."
All that running helped prepare George to carry the load for OSU. His 683 career rushing attempts ranks second all-time in program history.
The jump from high school football to college football can be a culture shock for many players. The key is rising to the occasion and developing a competitive mindset. George was able to do that, and his results speak for themselves.