Jeff George is 42. Yes, 42! But earlier this month, amid all the annual Brett Favre retirement drama, George lobbied for himself on sports talk radio station KFAN in the Twin Cities.
Ridiculous, you say? Well, Mark Brunell is 39, and he's still got a job in the league.
I remember George posted a video on YouTube of a workout at his alma mater, the University of Illinois.
It showed that he can still throw the ball.
During my sportswriting career, I'm not sure I've seen any quarterback throw the ball so hard and so accurately, and I've covered the likes of Favre, Randall Cunningham and Daunte Culpepper. What George did in 1999 was remarkable. After Dennis Green benched the struggling Cunningham, George nearly rallied the Vikings to a second-half comeback in Detroit, completing 10 of 12 passes for 214 yards with two touchdowns and one interception.
George went 8-2 down the stretch as a starter, and his numbers were eye-opening (23 touchdowns, 12 interceptions, 94.2 passer rating). Then, in two playoff games, he threw seven touchdowns against one interception, with the Vikings losing a shoot out the eventual Super Bowl champion St. Louis Rams.
The No. 1 pick in the 1990 NFL Draft, George was ripped for assorted reasons, but he was a solid citizen in his lone season with the Vikings. Randy Moss and Cris Carter loved the way he threw the ball, and Culpepper picked his brain. Plus, perhaps most important, he was a stand-up guy to the media.
I know there's one person who is always pushing George for president: Jason Whitlock.
The popular Fox Sports columnist, and formerly of the Kansas City Star, played high school ball with George, and he recently deified his friend (again).
By now, George surely would embrace his role as Jay Cutler's backup. And, given some of the criticisms Cutler has endured, George is equipped to perhaps offer his insight as a former top pick.
Guaranteed money has been a sticking point in the Bears' search for a veteran quarterback. But, George isn't in the proverbial drivers' seat anymore; he'd take the league minimum, carry a clipboard and offer his insight of an offense he's familiar with.
As I mentioned in today's story, the Bears are not done addressing the quarterback position. Given how strange the whole process has been, it'll be interesting -- and somewhat fitting -- to see if George enters the picture.