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George Andrews
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Position(s)
Linebacker
Jersey #(s)
52
Born November 28, 1955 (1955-11-28) (age 54)
Omaha, Nebraska
Career information
Year(s) 19791984
NFL Draft 1979 / Round: 1 / Pick: 19
College Nebraska
Professional teams
Career stats
Fumble recoveries 7
Sacks 12½
Interceptions 1
Stats at NFL.com
Career highlights and awards
  • All-America (1978)
  • All Big-8 (1978)

George Eldon Andrews, II (born November 28, 1955 in Omaha, Nebraska) is a former American football linebacker. He is a graduate of the University of Nebraska who played in the National Football League from 1979–1984 for the Los Angeles Rams.

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High School

Andrews attended Omaha Burke High School in Omaha, Nebraska and excelled in football and basketball.

College

Andrews was a three-year stater for the Nebraska Cornhuskers at defensive end. As a sophomore, in 1976, he had 49 tackles, six were for a loss and recovered 2 fumbles. The team ended the season defeating the Texas Tech Red Raiders, 27-24 in the 1976 Bluebonnet Bowl. As a junior in 1977 he made 84 tackles with eight for a loss, knocked down three passes, intercepted one pass and recovered one fumble. For his efforts he was voted honorable mention All-Big 8. The 1977 season ended with Nebraska beating North Carolina 21-17 in the Liberty Bowl. In that game Andrews totaled 19 tackles.

As a senior, in 1978, Andrews was a First-team All-American by NEA and "Football News" and was a Second-team choice on the AP and UPI teams. He was also a consensus All-Big 8 selection. His statistics were the best of his career as well, with 84 tackles (good for 3rd on the team) with 10 of those coming behind the line as sacks and he broke up three passes and intercepted another. He ended his career with 217 tackles with 24 of those totaling 118 yards in losses. In addition he was an Academic All-American as well with a 3.1 GPA in Business Administration. [1]

NFL

Andrews was drafted as a linebacker in the 1979 NFL Draft, the 19th pick overall by the Los Angeles Rams. His 360-pound bench press and 4.7 40-yard dash speed seemed ideal for a 230-pound NFL outside linebacker, where they planned to play him, moving him for a stand-up defensive end. [2]

As a rookie Andrews played well on special teams, totaling 33 tackles and a fumble recovery. In 1980 Andrews began the season with a thigh injury, missing 3 games. However, in the tenth week of the season, starting linebacker Bob Brudzinski left the team and Andrews started the remaining 7 games. In the final six games the Rams defense allowed only 75 points in a defensive surge that allowed them to make the playoffs. He ended the season with 44 tackles, 3 passes defenses, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery. [3]

In 1981 Andrews was the starter all season at right linebacker for the Rams. He was the Rams' fifth leading tackler with 75, with three going for a loss and he had 1/2 of a quarterback sack, the first of his career. In the strike-shortened 1982 season Andrews started all 9 games, recording 67 tackles, tying with Johnnie Johnson for the team lead. He also had 6 tackles for losses and recorded 3 sacks. He also recorded a forced fumble and batted away 5 passes either in pass rushes or pass coverages. [4].

The following season Andrews had a new coach, John Robinson, and a new defensive scheme. Andrews would be an outside linebacker in a 3-4 defense, which is similar to the position he played in college. He responded with 77 tackles, 3 sacks, and intercepted his first NFL pass and returned it 22 yards and it led to a Ram offensive score. Nine of his tackles (including sacks) went for losses and Andrews defended 12 passes, the most among team linebackers.

In 1984 Andrews was off to a great start, sacking Gary Hogeboom on the third play of the season that forced Hogeboom to cough up the ball and Jack Youngblood recovered it on the Dallas 2-yard line, where 2,000-yard rusher Eric Dickerson ran it over for the first Rams score of the 1984 season. Andrews prowess at sacking quarterbacks in 1984 prompted Bill Bain to call Andrews, "The White Lawrence Taylor" [5] The luck seemed to run out when he injured his knee in week 10 against the St. Louis Cardinals. Through 10 full weeks Andrews recorded 43 tackles, 13 of them were for losses with 6 being quarterback sacks, which was second on the team, behind Youngblood. Andrews played one series in week eleven of 1984 but was put on injured reserve for the remainder of the season.

In 1985 Andrews, who had rehabbed the knee, attempted to make his comeback but another knee injury in training camp in 1985 ended the first comeback. Andrews was attempting a quick maneuver around a New England Patriot blocker in the final exhibition game of 1985. As he moved, untouched by defenders, Andrews planted his right foot and felt his cleats catch in the turf. "I felt my knee explode," he said. In 1986, the Rams offered him a shot as an inside linebacker, to take some pressure off of him and the speed he lost due to two major knee surgeries in two seasons. George Andrews an inside job at camp that year but he tried it and didn't like it. [6] On August 25, 1986, his career ended as the Rams released him.[7]

Andrews' "Plan B" (if he could not return to football) was to finish taking the required test to be come a certified financial planner. He hadtaken four of the six required tests to become a CFP. [8]

Andrews played six seasons for the Rams, playing 80 games, starting 58. He ended his career with 12½ sacks, 7 fumble recoveries, 1 interception, 23 passes defensed, and 6 forced fumbles to match his 340 tackles. [9] His right outside linebacker job had been held by a fine player, Mike Wilcher, since 1984.

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