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.

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A pair of Alabama fans have a unique way of showing their devotion to the Crimson Tide.

Summer and Steven Steele of Andalusia, Ala., named their newborn son Krimson Tyde Steele.

"The reason we named him Krimson is that we are big Alabama fans and it is a very unique name and we loved it," Summer Steele told Alabama Media Group of the young boy, who was born on Dec. 17.

The Steeles aren't the first parents in recent years to name their son after the Crimson Tide. Several years ago J.L. and Jackie Redd of Tallassee, Ala. named their boy Crimson Tide Redd.

Summer said she and her husband have been receiving criticism for the name and that she didn't expect it to be such a big deal.

"To people speaking negatively about us naming him Krimson, it's not their child nor family member so if they have nothing nice to say they don't need to say nothing at all," Steele said.

The Steeles have two other sons, Trenton and Dawson.

As it turns out, the name Crimson, or some variation thereof, is growing in popularity in Alabama. According to an Al.com story, of the 76 girls born in the U.S. in 2012 with the name Crimson (or a variation like Krimson or Krymson), 35 were from Alabama.

But few families go all the way with Crimson Tide.

Krimson Steele isn't the first baby to have his name drawn from a sports loyalty. Earlier this year a Green Bay couple had a son born with a broken left collarbone and they named him Aaron Rodger.

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For fans attending the Super Bowl and looking for the ultimate experience, New York Giants rookie Cooper Taylor has an offer for you.

The reserve safety is renting his condo for Super Bowl XLVIII week, meaning a lucky fan in town for the big game can spend the week living like an NFL player. Taylor told the New York Post that he's disappointed the Giants won't be playing in the Super Bowl, but because he'll have that time off he and his girlfriend figured it'd be a good opportunity to take a vacation.

“We thought it would be the best time to get out of the city and go on vacation because that week will be a madhouse,” Taylor said. “I am definitely disappointed that we are not playing in it. It would make it a lot more fun.”

The 1,000-square-foot apartment in Rutherford, N.J., includes two bedrooms, one and a half bathrooms and is just .6 miles from MetLife Stadium. Taylor and his girlfriend, Susan Carlson, rent the apartment month-to-month for $2,700 and are asking for $9,000 for Super Bowl week.

The pair put up an ad on Craigslist with photos from the apartment and a description that reads (in part): "We are big fans of a local team here and unfortunately will not be attending this year."

Taylor, a fifth-round pick out of Richmond who has tallied four tackles, is making $405,000 in salary this year. Luckily for him he didn't have to spend money hiring an agent to rent his condo -- his girlfriend is a real estate broker.

Here are some photos from Taylor's condo:

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When it comes to our adoration of sports stars, there's a thin line between cool and creepy.

This Dallas Mavericks fan is on the wrong side of that boundary.

At the Mavericks game against the Rockets this week, a man and his wife showed up with a sign that read as follows:


Maybe it's funny on first glance, but kind of weird when you think about it. This guy probably doesn't really wish Dirk was the father of his child.

Nowitzki, as it turns out, is a new father. His wife, Jessica Olsson, gave birth to the couple's daughter over the summer.

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It's not just the teams playing in low- and mid-level bowls this season that are having trouble selling tickets. According to reports, several BCS-bound teams are struggling to get rid of their allotment.

Both teams playing in the Fiesta Bowl, Baylor and Central Florida, have returned thousands of unsold tickets from their 17,500 seat allotment. Baylor sold about 12,000 tickets while Central Florida managed to sell less than half of its allotment.

Perhaps more surprising is that Ohio State, a school whose tradition trumps both Baylor's and UCF's, is having a hard time ridding itself of a 17,500 ticket Orange Bowl allotment. According to the Toledo Blade, the Buckeyes have only sold about 7,000 tickets thus far.

That's not to say Ohio State fans won't be showing up in droves, but it may mean that fans are circumventing the school in search of better seats on the secondary market. The tickets being sold by Ohio State range between $90 and $240 while fans can easily find seats on Stubhub for half that price.

This isn't the first time in recent years that an Orange Bowl team has struggled to sell out its allotment. Last year Florida State sold less than half its allotment while Northern Illinois couldn't get rid of 7,000 tickets. In 2012 Clemson and West Virginia were forced to eat a combined total of more than 15,000 tickets.

Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith told the Blade that the bowl allotments are “a hard business model that we keep fighting.”

Luckily for Ohio State, the Big Ten absorbs unsold tickets. Last year conferences and schools ate nearly $21 million in unsold tickets.

All told, only a handful of bowl-bound programs will make money in the postseason, and most of those are BCS teams. What's harder to measure, however, is the revenue that schools will get from the publicity and the recruiting benefits that come with a successful season.

College bowls, particularly those in the BCS, have come under increased scrutiny in recent years for its business practices. Many of the bigger bowls enjoy tax breaks, but then charge the schools -- many of which are taxpayer-financed public universities -- for not selling their ticket allotment. A 2011 investigation by HBO's Real Sports brought many of these issues to light:

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Even by Texas high school football standards, the enormous crowd at a recent state championship was absolutely amazing.

According to the Dallas Morning News, a total of 54,347 fans showed up to AT&T Stadium near Dallas for the Class 5A Division I championship between Allen and Pearland. The stadium's upper deck was opened for the first time ever at a high school game.

For reference, Sunday's Bills-Dolphins game in Buffalo only attracted 54,305 fans.

Here's what AT&T Stadium looked like for the 5A championship:



The Allen-Pearland game broke a longstanding high school attendance record. And, as you can guess, that mark was also set in Texas. In 1977, 49,953 people were in attendance for the 4A Division II championship game between Plano and Port Neches-Groves at Texas Stadium, the Cowboys' previous home in Irving.

Allen dominated Pearland in this year's game, winning by a final score of 63-28.

"These are things that the kids will tell their grandkids," Pearland coach Tony Heath said of the record crowd. "That's pretty special."

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If things go according to plan for one of the biggest record labels in hip hop, Jay-Z may not be the only rapper in the sports agent business much longer.

XXL reports that Cash Money Records, which has a venerable roster of musicians including Lil Wayne, Drake and Nicki Minaj, has filed a legal request to trademark the name Visionaire Sports Group. XXL sites these government documents as proof of Cash Money Records' intentions.

The trademark request is for the following services:

“Sports agency services, namely, management, representation and promotion of professional athletes; promoting sports competitions and/or events of others; promoting the goods and services of others by arranging for sponsors to affiliate their goods and services with athletes; talent agencies; arranging personal appearances by persons working in the field of sport; business management of sports people; talent recruiting services in the field of sports; talent management services for professional athletes; career management services for persons employed in the sports industries.”

Cash Money Records may have been encouraged by Jay-Z, who has had remarkable success over the past year as a sports agent. Not only has his agency, Roc Nation, signed some of the top players in their respective sports (Robinson Cano, Kevin Durant, Victor Cruz and Skylar Diggins among them), Jay-Z helped Cano secure the third largest contract in MLB history.

Jay-Z wasn't the first rapper to dabble in sports. Master P founded No Limit Sports in 1999 and represented Paul Pierce, Ricky Williams and Ron Mercer.

Cash Money Records, founded in 1991 by brothers Bryan "Birdman" Williams and Ronald "Slim" Williams, includes a management company (Young Money), a publishing arm (Cash Money Content) and a clothing line (Trukfit).

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Justin Tucker willed the Baltimore Ravens to a win over the Detroit Lions on Monday, booting six field goals, including the game-winning 61-yarder.

And over the past few days, Ravens fans have gone out of their way to express their gratitude.

Tucker has become a rock star in Baltimore, and Jamison Hensley of ESPN writes that at an event this week, hundreds of fans showed up to ask for his autograph and one person even waited in line for seven hours and made Tucker a mix tape.

There are billboards in Baltimore which read "In Tucker We Trust" and shirts being made celebrating the second-year kicker.

For his part, Tucker has been bombarded with text messages and other gifts. He told ESPN Radio's "SVP & Russillo" show that he received 61 text messages in the wake of his performance Monday, and he said he couldn't even turn on his cell phone after the game because his Twitter mentions were killing his battery.

On Thursday Tucker posted a photo of six Dr Pepper bottles sent to him by the soda company:

All Tucker needs now is a nickname worthy of his celebrity.



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By far the most common touchdown celebration in the NFL this year is, well, not much of a celebration at all.

According to an exhaustive analysis by the Wall Street Journal of what players did after each of the 1,150 touchdowns scored this year, more than a quarter of all celebrations can be classified as "celebrate with team/do nothing notable." Writer Geoff Foster found that many veterans, like Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald and Dallas Cowboys tight end Jason Witten, tend to do nothing after scoring.

The second most popular "celebration" is the "Jump and Bump," in which two players meet in mid air and check each other with their hips. That occurred 130 times, or on 11.3 percent of all touchdowns.

In all, Foster slotted all of the celebrations into one of about two dozens categories. Other celebration types include leaping into the stands (4.4 percent), praying on one knee (1.9 percent) and shushing the crowd (.4 percent).

Here's a wonderful chart which breaks down all the celebrations, and below is a video in which Foster discusses his study.

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In case anyone needed more evidence that Gary Player is the fittest 78-year-old on the planet, Michelle Wie provides it in a Golf Digest article.

The 24-year-old Wie writes about her experience as a pro, which includes random meetings with golfing legends like Player and Jack Nicklaus. At one event, she writes, Player had an unusual request.

"Out of the blue he says, "Michelle, hit me in the stomach." I didn't want to punch him, so I kind of poke him instead. He says, "No, I want you to really hit me!" He widens his stance and clenches his stomach. Now I really hit him. I'm no fighter, but I hit him as hard as I could. It hurt my hand. It didn't faze him. He pointed to his stomach and said, "A thousand sit-ups a day" and kept walking."

Who says golfers are out of shape?

In case you didn't know, Player is somewhat of a workout freak who has toned his rock-hard abs by doing 1,000 situps and pushups every morning. The nickname "Mr. Fitness" could not be more fitting.

Player showed off his physique in ESPN The Magazine's body issue, where he was the oldest athlete ever to pose for the yearly feature.

Wie is no slouch when it comes to training, either, so the fact that she hurt her hand when she punched Player is likely more a testament to player's abs than Wie's strength.

For more of Wie's observations from her years on the LPGA tour, see here.

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