Graduate, Canon-McMillan High School and the University of Pittsburgh, where he earned a B.S. in Communications.
A 9-time letter winner at Cannon-McMillan in three sports, football, wrestling and baseball. A 1972, 165 lb. WPIAL Wrestling Champion, and a two-time PIAA Wrestling Champion, 165 lbs. in 1972 and 167 lbs. in 1973. George has the distinction in 1973 of being the first Western Pennsylvania wrestler not a reigning WPIAL Champion to win a PIAA title. Compiled a 81-5 record in high school for a remarkable winning percentage of .942, and was a High School All-American as a senior.
In football he played quarterback for the Big Mac’s and was the Western Conference 1st Team All-Star quarterback, Western Conference MVP, All-WPIAL, Honorable Mention All-State as a quarterback and “Big 33” Honorable Mention in 1973.
At the University of Pittsburgh he played Quarterback and Defensive Back and was a 2 year letterman. A member of the 1976 Pitt NCAA National Champion football team. Was a 3 year letterman in wrestling at Pitt, qualifying for 2 NCAA Wrestling Tournaments.
As a testament to his athletic abilities, George made the Pitt baseball team and only an injury prevented him from being a 3-sport letterman, a dying breed in major college athletics.