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George Teague
Position(s)
Safety
Jersey #(s)
23, 30, 31
Born February 18, 1971 (1971-02-18) (age 38)
Lansing, Michigan
Career information
Year(s) 19932001
NFL Draft 1993 / Round: 1 / Pick: 29
College Alabama
Professional teams
Career stats
INT 15
INT yards 354
Touchdowns 2
Stats at NFL.com
Career highlights and awards
  • No notable achievements

George Theo Teague (born February 18, 1971 in Lansing, Michigan) is a former American football player who played free safety in the National Football League with the Dallas Cowboys, Green Bay Packers, and Miami Dolphins.

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College

Teague grew up in Derby, Kansas before moving to Alabama during high school.

Teague first came to prominence as a college athlete in the 1993 Sugar Bowl on the University of Alabama football team. This game marked his first interception with a return for a touchdown. Five plays later, he raced downfield and caught up with sprinting University of Miami wide receiver Lamar Thomas and stripped the ball from him in full stride, maintaining possession of the ball as he returned it upfield. Although the play was called back on an offsides penalty against Alabama, it effectively quashed Miami's effort to regain their offensive momentum: Miami was forced to punt soon afterward, and never mounted another substantial offensive threat in the Crimson Tide's 34-13 victory.

NFL

While with the Dallas Cowboys, Teague was involved in a notable incident during a game against the San Francisco 49ers on September 24, 2000. In that game, 49ers wide receiver Terrell Owens caught his second touchdown pass of the game and ran to the Cowboys' iconic star logo at midfield to celebrate as he had on the previous touchdown earlier. Teague violently shoved Owens from behind during the celebration and was ejected from the game. In 2008, the moment was named one of the ten most memorable in the history of Texas Stadium by ESPN.[1]

On September 23, 2001 at Texas Stadium, just two weeks after the 9-11 attacks, as the Cowboys were taking the field to play the San Diego Chargers, Teague carried the American Flag, displayed above his head. In addition to the Dallas Cowboys, Teague also played for the Green Bay Packers and Miami Dolphins, and holds the record for longest interception return for a touchdown in the playoffs at 102 yards.

In 2002, he started the George Teague & Friends Foundation, a charity organization comprised of many former University Of Alabama football players.

Post-career

Following his retirement Teague coached high school football at Harvest Christian Academy in Watauga, Texas. In June 2007 Teague was appointed the Athletic Director at Carrollton Christian Academy in Carrollton, Texas. He is also taking online classes at the United States Sports Academy to complete his bachelor's degree in sports coaching.

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