Last Friday night, Eddie George was gracious enough to drive to Henderson, TN, to speak at fund raising event for Freed-Hardeman University's athletic department. Thanks to some connections at a company who helped sponsor the event, I was able to get a ticket. That meant I was able to briefly meet Eddie and have a picture taken with him, as well as hear him speak and get a chance to see some very cool memorabilia
He spoke about crossroads in life, and talked about a few that he faced. He talked about the move to Tennessee and how hard of a transition that was for the team, then he talked about leaving Tennessee for Dallas and how hard that was for him. He also spoke about coping with life after football. He talked about how leaving professional football leaves a huge hole in many players lives that can lead to depression, drug addiction, etc. He alluded to the fact that filling this hole was something that Steve McNair was struggling with at the end of his life. He wrapped up the speech by talking about finding God as his strength, and talked about the 4 pillars he builds his life on that keeps him fulfilled.
Overall, it was a really good speech. There was also a lot of cool merchandise for sale during a silent and live auction.
For the baseball fans, they had a lot of signed stuff from current and past MLB players. They had a picture of Hammerin' Hank hitting number 715 that was signed, a signed Tom Glavine jersey, a signed picture of Greg Maddux, etc.
The football memorabilia was very cool, too. At the live auction, they sold two signed Eddie George jerseys and a football signed by the main participants in the Music City Miracle: Lorenzo Neal, Frank Wycheck, and Kevin Dyson.
I was lucky enough to come home with my favorite silent auction item of the night. See the picture below, along with some pictures of Eddie George to see what it was.