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Throw the Flag

The league didn't penalize it, but someone should.

Sunday, December 12, 2004; Page E12

The Bears signed Jeff George two weeks ago to help fill their gaping hole at quarterback. Just so you get the point, we repeat, using variations in typeface for emphasis. They signed Jeff George. That's Jeff George.

Are there no other viable quarterbacks out there? No one from Canada, or NFL Europe, or that women's league?

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George, who turned 37 on Wednesday, hasn't thrown a pass since Sept. 23, 2001, when he was with the Redskins, and hasn't put on a uniform since 2002 with the Seahawks. The last time George got the call to help a floundering team, he played in eight games with Washington in 2000 and 2001, completing 126 of 236 passes, with seven touchdowns and nine interceptions. The Bears saw these gaudy stats and apparently thought, "Oh yeah, that's for us."

Apparently, George has been emboldened by his extreme good fortune, telling the Chicago Tribune that he has "four or five more seasons" in him. Look for him to be back in a Redskins uniform for the 2007 opener.


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