Former QB George throws out a feeler

O, BY THE WAY

The Kickoff

October 31, 2007|By BILL ORDINE

I was waiting for something like this to happen.

Jeff George has gone public with "Hey, I can play as well as these guys!" or words to that effect.

George, who hasn't thrown an NFL pass since 2001, contacted the Minnesota Vikings' play-by-play announcer to take the temperature of coach Brad Childress concerning possible interest in George.

The Vikings' first-string quarterback, Tarvaris Jackson, is hurt and wasn't all that hot when he was playing. Backup Kelly Holcomb was horrible Sunday against the Philadelphia Eagles and then got knocked silly. The third-stringer is Brooks Bollinger, who did a little better.

But George is obviously looking around and seeing guys like Vinny Testaverde, who's four years older than George, playing for the Carolina Panthers and he thinks, "What the heck!"

Considering that Testaverde got up from the Barcalounger and won his first outing of the season against the Arizona Cardinals in Week 6, I don't blame George for feeling that way.

The problem is that even in his prime, when he was supposed to be good, George wasn't all that good.

bill.ordine@baltsun.com

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