Friday, December 4, 2015

1976 Profile: Earl Edwards

Defensive Tackle
No. 73
"The best pass rusher the Bills have, he leads the Buffalo three-man charges. Now 30, he favors long sideburns and a goatee."

-John Devaney, Schenley Pro Football Guide 1976

"Edwards has started every regular season game for the Bills for the last three seasons. He recovered a pair of fumbles against Pittsburgh last year, and lateralled one to teammate Mike Kadish who scored a touchdown.
During the 1974 season Edwards was credited with 57 solo tackles and 34 assists, second best among linemen on the Bills, and had nine quarterback sacks to lead the team. He has played both tackle and end and exerts strong pressure on the quarterback. Traded from Buffalo to San Francisco on September 10, 1973 for Randy Jackson and a draft choice, Earl was cited by the Buffalo Evening News as the Bills' MVP on defense in 1973.
Earl was a 49er for three seasons and started in San Francisco for two seasons. He played some offense (tight end) as a 49er rookie. Earl was with Edmonton in the Canadian League for two years. He was a fifth round draft choice of San Francisco in 1969.
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 Male Athlete of the Year by the Tampa Bay Area Businessman's Association. Together with seven other pro athletes in the San Francisco Bay Area, he formed an association called Bay Area Professional Athletes, Inc., which staged a number of football clinics for underprivileged youth.
He's twice a participant in the NFL-United Way 'Great Moments' series for television and is part owner of Joseph Roberts Originals, Inc., a San Francisco men's clothier."

-Buffalo Bills 1976 Yearbook

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