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George Runaway Choice As Top Rookie On Offense

Thu., Dec. 26, 1996, midnight

Eddie George took a quick path from the Heisman Trophy to NFL offensive rookie of the year.

The star running back at Ohio State was just as sensational with the Houston Oilers. He gained 1,368 yards on 335 carries, a 4.1 average.

That was good enough to easily win the balloting by a nationwide panel of sports writers announced Wednesday by The Associated Press.

“The Heisman, rookie of the year, Super Bowl MVP, I think everyone shoots for those things, naturally. I want someday to be up there with the best of them, players like Emmitt Smith, Barry Sanders, Michael Irvin, Brett Favre and all of them,” George said.

George is the seventh Heisman winner to be voted top offensive rookie. The others are Tony Dorsett in 1977, Earl Campbell in 1978, Billy Sims in 1980, George Rogers in 1981, Marcus Allen in 1982 and Barry Sanders in 1989.

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