Given Brett Favre's(notes) 27th unretirement, Michael Vick's(notes) unprecedented dogfighting comeback, and Denver's revolutionary "We don't want a good quarterback" strategy, it's already been a pretty wild offseason at the quarterback position.
A couple of days ago, I ran across an article that discussed how Illinois head coach Ron Zook was impressed with how George threw footballs to freshman receivers. I didn't think much about it, since we've heard similar things about George in past offseasons, and nothing's ever come of it.
My guess is that it will be the same this year, but according to Pro Football Talk, there's video of George's workout being passed along to NFL people, and they dig what they see. From PFT:
So we're taking a closer look at the latest effort by quarterback Jeff George to return to the NFL, and we're told that the effort has been sparked by video of a recent workout that already is making the rounds in the NFL and the UFL.
The tape was created roughly three weeks ago, showing George throwing to incoming freshman at Illinois. We're told that Illinois head coach Ron Zook was blown away by the performance, and he began beating the bushes to get George a second chance. [...]
Meanwhile, we're hearing that some NFL scouts have responded to the video very favorably.
This time around, there's also a UFL, which is in need of quarterbacks, which makes a George comeback a little more likely. I don't know if George wants to play so badly that he'd give the UFL a go, but I think they'd probably be interested in him. He's a name, and, at the age of 41, he's a story.
I don't find it difficult to believe that he can still play, either. If a guy has a cannon for an arm and the ability to read a defense, he doesn't need the wheels of Pat White(notes). The arm and the brain are much more valuable commodities than the legs. A sweet mustache doesn't hurt, either.
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