Heisman Trophy winner, Madden NFL cover boy and Shakespearean actor.

It's a resume few can reel off. In fact, Eddie George may be the only man who can say that he has accomplished each of these feats.

The former Ohio State and Tennessee Titans star running back is set to star as Othello in a Nashville Shakespeare Festival performance of Shakespeare's drama. In the past, George has played Julius Caesar in another Nashville Shakespeare production.

This time, George says, he has a special bond with his character. Like Othello, who must deal with life after battle, George has had to deal with life after football.

“It’s very much about that transition, about the psychological standpoint of how it affects you," George told the Tennessean. "How that energy matures and evolves, and takes on a life of its own.”

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George, the 1996 NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year and a four-time Pro Bowler, has worked as a host and broadcaster since retiring.