Saturday, November 7, 2015

1975 Profile: Earl Edwards

Defensive End
No. 73
"Edwards has been a Buffalo defensive leader for two seasons. Second to teammate Mike Kadish in tackles by a lineman, he was credited with 57 solo stops and 34 assists. He sacked opposing quarterbacks nine times, leading the club in that department. Used at both end and tackle, Edwards exerts tremendous pressure on the quarterback. He recovered from an off-season bout with hepatitis.
Earl was traded from the 49ers to the Bills in September 1973 for Randy Jackson and a draft choice and was an end for most of the '73 season. He was cited by the Buffalo Evening News as Buffalo's MVP on defense in 1973. Earl was a 49er for three seasons and was a starter in San Francisco in both 1971 and 1972. He played some offense (tight end) as a 49er rookie. A fifth round draft choice of San Francisco in 1969, he was with Edmonton in the Canadian League for two years.
Edwards played two years at Wichita where he was Sophomore Lineman of the Year. An All-Conference, All-Midwest and honorable mention All-America choice, he was credited with 15 unassisted tackles in a game against Drake University.
Earl was a physical education and journalism major at Wichita. He was honored as Florida Male Professional Athlete of the Year by the Tampa Bay Area Businessman's Association. Together with seven other pro athletes in the San Francisco Bay Area, Earl formed an association called Bay Area Professional Athletes Inc. which staged a number of benefit football clinics for underprivileged youth. He's twice a participant in the NFL-United Way 'Great Moments' public service series for television. Earl is part owner of Joseph Roberts Originals, Inc., a San Francisco men's clothier."

-Buffalo Bills 1975 Yearbook

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