6. He wants to be loved.
Like most public punching bags, George tends to put up a brave front. But the negativity has hurt. George says one of the most meaningful moments of his career came during the 1994 season when Falcons rookie running back Jamal Anderson told him, "I've heard a lot of bad stuff about you, but I've been checking you out, and you're nothing like what I thought you were."
George almost gets choked up recounting the moment. It's the end of a long day in L.A., one that included an interview with ESPN and about a hundred unsatisfactory snarls for a photographer. Now he is clutching Teresa's hand at a West Hollywood restaurant and grinning like a high school kid with a pretty prom date and a lifetime of possibilities. "Everybody wants to be liked," he says. "If somebody says, 'I don't care what people think about me,' he's lying. You understand that you can't please everybody and that you're going to make mistakes. All you can do is try to get better."