If they gave him a helmet, he would probably take one.
But Jeff George is back with the Minnesota Vikings as a guest coach this week during OTA’s.
The 45-year-old George last took a regular-season snap in the NFL in 2001 with the Washington Redskins. After that, he had brief stints with the Chicago Bears and Oakland Raiders, but never appeared in a game. The former No. 1 overall pick has been adamant for some time he could still play. Now, he’s doing a little coaching.
“We told our players just to be able to pick his brain, our quarterbacks, and talk with him about some of the things he saw as a young quarterback and what he saw as a veteran and just his maturation over the course of his career,” Vikings coach Leslie Frazier said, according to Tom Pelissero of 1500 ESPN. “He was a very good player for a long time, high draft pick, and I think he can really help our players with some of his background and his knowledge as well.
“He and I have talked actually about what he's seen and what he thinks of some of our guys and it's been very favorable. He can always point out some things because of his experience. He worked for a number of coordinators during his playing career. So, we think having him around is a good thing.”
Perhaps this will be a spring board for George to get into coaching.
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