George Foster (American football)

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George Foster
No. --     Free agent
Offensive tackle
Personal information
Date of birth: (1980-06-09) June 9, 1980 (age 34)
Place of birth: Macon, Georgia
Height: 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) Weight: 338 lb (153 kg)
Career information
College: Georgia
NFL Draft: 2003 / Round: 1 / Pick: 20
Debuted in 2003 for the Denver Broncos
Career history
*Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career NFL statistics as of Week 17, 2008
Games played 68
Games started 57
Fumble recoveries 2
Stats at NFL.com

George Foster (born June 9, 1980) is an American football offensive tackle who is currently a free agent. He was drafted by the Denver Broncos 20th overall in the 2003 NFL Draft. He played college football at Georgia.

Foster has also been a member of the Detroit Lions, Cleveland Browns and Omaha Nighthawks.

College career[edit]

The 2000 season saw the then sophomore Foster earn the backup left tackle position. He was one of the first men off of the Georgia bench and earned extensive playing time during the season, including Georgia's 37-14 win over Virginia in the Oahu Bowl.

At the conclusion of the 2001 spring drills, George Foster was named as the number one split tackle for the Bulldogs. He started nine games during the 2001 season as Georgia culminated their season against Boston College in the Music City Bowl.

During his senior season in 2002 at the University of Georgia, Foster was part of an offensive line that helped the Bulldogs finish with a #3 national ranking in both major polls and also helped the team win a school record 13 games, including victories in the SEC Championship game and the 2003 Nokia Sugar Bowl. Foster and the offensive line paved the way for the Bulldog offense all season long, as it averaged an SEC-best 32 points per game and garnered an offensive passing efficiency of 138.9. For his efforts, Foster was selected to play in the 2003 Senior Bowl, the NCAA's post-season all-star game.

Professional career[edit]

Denver Broncos[edit]

Foster was drafted by the Denver Broncos 20th overall in the 2003 NFL Draft.

In 2004, Foster started all 16 games at right tackle and did not miss an offensive snap. Foster was part of a line that set a franchise record by allowing only 15 sacks, breaking the previous best of 22 sacks set in 1971. Foster helped rookie Tatum Bell post the first 100-yard game of his career, marking only the second time in franchise history that three different Broncos have had at least one 100-yard game in a season.

Foster started all 16 games for the Broncos in 2005. He helped block for Mike Anderson who rushed for 1,014 yards and Tatum Bell who rushed for 921 yards. The team gained the second-most rushing yards (2,539) in Bronco history and the second-best rushing offense in the NFL.

Detroit Lions[edit]

On March 1, 2007, Foster was traded along with teammate Tatum Bell and a 5th round draft pick to the Detroit Lions in exchange for cornerback Dré Bly. He was released on June 1, 2009.

Cleveland Browns[edit]

Foster signed with the Cleveland Browns on June 5, 2009. He was released on August 24.

Omaha Nighthawks[edit]

Foster was signed by the Omaha Nighthawks of the United Football League on August 21, 2010.[1] He was re-signed by the team on July 15, 2011.[2]

New Orleans Saints[edit]

On August 3, 2011, Foster signed with the New Orleans Saints.[3][4]

Personal[edit]

A native of Macon, Georgia, George is involved in many off the field organizations such as the Special Olympics and special educational programs. He takes great pride in helping others reach their goals, and to become stronger individuals. Foster is married to Chanita and the couple has two daughters: Kai and Jordan and are expecting another child in July.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "UFL Transactions". OurSports Central. August 21, 2010. Retrieved July 17, 2011. 
  2. ^ "UFL Transactions". OurSports Central. July 15, 2011. Retrieved July 15, 2011. 
  3. ^ "Players Biographies". New Orleans Saints. Retrieved 2011-08-15. 
  4. ^ "Saints Sign Tackles Alex Barron and George Foster". Canal Street Chronicles. Retrieved 2011-08-15.