Jimmy Edwards - Running Back/Returner - 1976-78 - Oklahoma
Jimmy Edwards came to the CFL and the Hamilton Tiger Cats in 1976 after 2 seasons in the World League of Football. In the WLAF Edwards had starred for the Birmingham Americans in 1974 and Shreveport Steamers in 1975. The Oklahoma City native assumed the starting running back duties with Hamilton. Along with newly arrived quarterback Jimmy Jones from Montreal, Edwards formed the basis of the Hamilton attack. He also was a star on special teams returning a punt 103 yards for a major score. Overall he would post 12 touchdowns and bring excitment to the Tiger-Cat faithful.
Edwards picked up right where he left off with Hamilton in 1977. He would total a club record 1,581 yards rushing on an incredible 250 carries. the workhorse would hold the team record for over 20 years. For his exploits Edwards was named the League's Most Outstanding Player even as Hamilton finished in last place at 5-11 in the East division missing the playoffs. He would total over 2,500 total yards in one of the most complete seasons in league history.
1978 would see a drop in production as Hamilton continued to struggle. He would add 4 receiving touchdowns but only post 2 rushing majots as his production dropped. The 1978 season would the final one for Edwards in Hamilton. Edwards spent the 1979 season in the NFL with the Minnesota Vikings where he led the league in kick-off returns.
Edwards would make his way back to the CFL in 1981 with Winnipeg where he was used sparingly. His final season in pro football was 1982 with Saskatchewan. The exciting Edwards spent 9 seasons as a professional in 3 separate pro football leagues. He enjoyed his greatest success with Hamilton and in 1977 had one of the best statistical seasons in league history.