Transcript for Ex-NFL Star Takes on Broadway as Billy Flynn in 'Chicago'
Test Text1 plain Everybody strike that heisman pose. For the next act in "Gma the musical." NFL legend Eddie George tackling Broadway. You heard me. As fast talking lawyer Billy Flynn in "Chicago," we'll talk to him in just a moment but first ABC's lz Granderson is taking us behind the scenes. Can't wait to talk to you. Eddie George. He's gone from hard-hitting moves on the football field. Touchdown. Reporter: To dancing light on his feet. Former NFL icon Eddie George is gearing up for his debut as Billy Flynn in "Chicago" joining usher, Billy ray Cyrus and Patrick Swayze. I need to go through your resume. Appreciate it. Thank you. We know that you just got done teaching your first class at your alma mater Ohio state university. Uh-huh. Then I walk over to talk to you for this interview and there's a billboard of you, you don't have your cleats on. Right, right. You're on freakin' Broadway. How does that happen. Honestly I'm blown away. It was definitely ten years in the making. It was through the arts that I was able to really find my voice after playing the game of football. ? I don't care about expensive things ? Reporter: The former heisman trophy winner says his time on the turf has prepared him for this totally different spotlight. Trusting your team. Trusting everybody around you that they're going to be in the right place at the right time and that they're going to support you. Reporter: He even tried to teach me some moves. Five, six, seven. ? Give them the old razzle-dazzle ? ? oh ? ? oh ? But those high notes. ? Oh ? I think your job is safe. Reporter: For "Good morning America," lz Granderson, ABC news, New York. You're doing all right, lz. Hey, Eddie, it is so -- I'm so happy for you. Thank you so much. Thank you. Explain how this happened. When I left the game of football ten years ago in 2005, I was, you know, in a transition where I wanted to find my next passion and I was able to do that and find peace within -- within the arts. Got with my acting coaches in Nashville, Tennessee and maria, hello, watching probably right now and I got a role, kept doing other plays, I did "Top dog underdog." I did "Othello." "Julius Caesar" and said if I'm going to do Broadway I'd love to do "Chicago" and auditioned for it so here we are. Six-story billboard in times square just outside the window. Exactly. It's amazing when you put something that you want to do out there in the universe to see how it will support you and manifest itself. Very proud of you because we were just talking about how difficult it is period to make the transition from professional athlete to anything in the world. You know, I had a conversation last night actually about this very thing because you spend so much of your life focused on being a football player and really honing that craft and when that's over, what's next? You really have to start from the beginning of a profession whether it's as an investment adviser or broker or entrepreneur or actor and really understand the roots of it. That's why I got into acting. I really started with Reading scripts and, you know, bedtime stories to my children, I mean, that's how you start and just kind of grew from there and I've really enjoyed it. Didn't you do some opera? No, no, no, no. No, my wife is the singer in the family. Oh, okay. But I've learned by osmosis through her. That's why I kind of embraced the whole singing bit but I did "Othello" in Nashville, Tennessee. Shakespeare. Shakespeare piece so that was pretty exciting and I said my next gig I would love to do something on Broadway and here I am. It's been an amazing journey to jump on this train because it's the longest running American musical in Broadway history and these people, they -- it's highly professional, yeah. With the names as we see that have been a part of it and now Eddie George is a part of it. Thank you, deadly shooyou, Eddie. You can see him at the ambassador theater starting this Monday, January 11th. About seven weeks you'll be there. Seven weeks. Check it out?
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