|Date of birth:||February 14, 1973|
|Place of birth:||Camden, New Jersey|
|Height:||6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)|
|Weight:||331 lb (150 kg)|
|High school:||Camden (NJ)|
|College:||North Carolina State|
|NFL draft:||1994 / Round: 3 / Pick: 102|
|Career highlights and awards|
Career NFL statistics
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|Stats at pro-football-reference.com|
George Russell Hegamin (born February 14, 1973) is a former American football offensive lineman in the National Football League for the Dallas Cowboys, the Philadelphia Eagles, and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He played college football at North Carolina State University.
Hegamin started to play organized football as a junior at Camden High School in Camden, New Jersey, receiving All-America honorable mention and first team All-state honors, as a senior defensive tackle.
He attended North Carolina State University where he was converted to offensive tackle. As a redshirt freshman in 1992, he won the right tackle starting job and received freshman All-American and second team All-ACC honors. In 1993, he was part of a platoon at right tackle. At the end of the season, he bypassed his final two years of college to enter the NFL Draft, in order to help his mother that was diagnosed with cancer.
Hegamin was a third-round draft pick of the Dallas Cowboys in the 1994 NFL Draft. In his first years in the league, he saw little action as a backup of arguably some of the best offensive lines in NFL history.
In 1996 with the departure of Ron Stone in free agency, he was used as the Cowboys top backup for the offensive line. He had his first start, while filling in for an injured Mark Tuinei against the Washington Redskins.
In 1997, with the offensive line beginning to show its age, he started a total of nine games while replacing injured starters. Seven starts in place of Mark Tuinei at left tackle and two at left guard in place of Nate Newton. Although he was solid at run blocking, he didn't have the agility needed for pass blocking, so the Cowboys replaced him at left tackle with Larry Allen in passing downs situations.
The next year, with the arrival of new head coach Andy Reid, he walked out of training camp for one day, after being told of his demotion in favor of rookie Doug Brzezinski. When he came back, Reid made him push a blocking sled the length of a practice field under the heat, in front of some players, coaches, executives and the media. He eventually was cut before the season started.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
In 1999, he signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and backed up both offensive tackle positions for two seasons, making two starts. One of them was the 2000 Wild-Card playoff loss to the Philadelphia Eagles, where he was overmatched at left tackle, while playing against Pro Bowler Hugh Douglas. He was released at the end of the season.