The question most asked of Eddie George throughout our run of Othello was “Why Shakespeare?” It’s a valid question. Why would a Heisman Trophy winner and former pro-football player choose to take on works that even an Oscar-winning actor would tell you are not for the faint of heart. The simple answer, as Eddie will tell you, is that he fell in love with it. The more complex answer is the subject of 60 MINUTES SPORTS Correspondent Armen Keteyian‘s report on Eddie’s remarkable reinvention into a Renaissance man premiering Wed. Feb. 5 at 9 p.m. CT only on SHOWTIME.
A force to be reckoned with on the football friend, Eddie George won the Heisman in 1995 in college, was awarded the designation of NFL rookie of the year, was a 4-time Pro-bowl selection in the NFL and led the Tennessee Titans to the Super Bowl. But then it ended. He was deeply depressed, he says, and used therapy to cope with it.
The experience helped him inhabit the role of Othello. Post NFL for him or post war for Othello, “Without that purpose, you’re just floundering in the wind.” Continue reading