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George has story to tell


Trestin George has a story, and a film-making company from California is going to tell it.

So what could be so interesting about an undrafted rookie trying to make the Jaguars roster? Well, this isn't a story about football as much as it is a story about life, George's life.

This is the story about a kid who was a hot-shot recruit who could've gone to Notre Dame or Michigan, but elected to stay close to home to be close to his mother. This is the story about a kid who made it out of the mean streets of San Francisco's East Bay, and whose story is going to be told to kids on those same mean streets, with the hope it might inspire them.

"I'm out because I chose to make the right decisions," George said.

Next week, a film production company will arrive in Jacksonville to begin work on a documentary entitled, "The Trestin George Story." It will be shown to hard-knocks kids in the Bay Area.

"I grew up with a lot of cats who are either dead or in prison," George said. "They're dodging bullets and all I have to do is go on the football field and then go get some free food," he added, comparing his training camp regimen to life on the streets of Berkeley, Calif.

George is one of those football desperation stories. He's from tough times and he doesn't want to go back. Football was his ticket out and now he needs his ticket punched, again.

What are his chances of sticking with the Jaguars?

"He can pursue his dream if he plays well. He's going to get a number of snaps," Defensive Coordinator Mike Smith said of George's expected playing time in Saturday night's preseason opener at Miami. "We're going to take a good look at him. He's going to be on film," Smith added.

You bet he's going to be on film. In more ways than one.

The story is going to begin in George's senior year in high school, when colleges across America were pursuing a kid who rushed for nearly 4,000 yards and scored 60 touchdowns as a prep star. They all wanted him.

"Right in the middle of the recruiting process my mother had a stroke and lost her eyesight," George said.

He chose to stay close to home. George picked San Jose State, which reveled in having landed a recruit of national prominence. They made him a two-way player.

George's career at San Jose was defined by his versatility. He scored a touchdown five different ways. His immediate goals for professional football are not nearly as lofty.

"My hopes here are just to make the team," he said. "If I don't make the team, I'm not going to stop. There are other options. They're going to have to pull me out of the league."

At 5-9, 179, he'll have to over-achieve, but he had to do that just to make it out of his neighborhood. The documentary will tell that story. What he does in the preseason, beginning Saturday night in Miami, remains to be told.

"I feel very confident in my talent," he said. "It's a game. I look at it like that."

It's certainly not life. That's another story.

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