One of the inaugural members of Glenville State’s Curtis Elam Hall of Fame class could join another elite group of athletes.
Chris George is up for the College Football Hall of Fame.
“I’m content, whether I get into the Hall of Fame or I don’t. I’m flattered by it, and I won’t act like I’m not proud of it, because I am. But there’s nothing missing, and I have no gaps in what I wish I would’ve done, and I have no regrets.”
That humbleness exudes out of George — one of the most prolific athletes to ever play in the Mountain State.
George started at West Virginia University as a preferred walk-on before transferring to Glenville following head coach Rich Rodriguez and going along with fellow great Pioneer, quarterback Jed Drenning.
George’s final catch as a Mountaineer was a touchdown pass from Drenning in a spring game.
There were plenty more at Glenville.
“He and I really got to a point where there was a comfort level and it was a lot of things that were unsaid. He knew where I was going to break. And I kind of knew what he was looking for. We got to a level that it was really easy to be a receiver in that system.”
The Clarksburg-native hauled in 144 Catches for 2,221 yards in 1993 alone and ended his career with 430 grabs for over 6,000 yards.
He passed names like Fred Biletnikoff and Jerry Rice by Week 2 of his senior year.
“There was a whole lot of people responsible for those yards, those catches, and all those awards. I know you hear that a lot, but that is a real, true statement. We had a really solid group of people that made it really easy to do some of the things that I did.”
George kept going back to the people that were around him, crediting them for much of it.
“The significance of it … I really was … it’s hard to remember, I was a lot younger guy, but I was just kind of in the moment. I was having the time of my life. I was around great people. So I was kind of just absorbing it.”