It’s a shame that Robert Edwards’ body only let him play two seasons in the NFL. He was one of the brightest running backs in the league, after a great rookie campaign with the Patriots in 1998 (1,115 rushing yards, 9 TDs). Edwards’ career was hanging by a thread after he blew out his knee in a rookie flag football game shortly after the season ended.
The injury was so serious that doctors considered amputating his leg from the knee down and some doctors said he might never walk again. However, Edwards spent three years rehabbing, determined to get back to the playing field.
Edwards’ dream of returning would come true when he signed with the Miami Dolphins for the 2002 season. His comeback was shortly lived as the Dolphins would cut him following the season. He did, however, win the Pro Football Writers Association Halas Award for his valiant effort in making a comeback.
Edwards would play football again, but only this time it was in the CFL with the Montreal Alouettes. Edwards experienced great success in Montreal, rushing for over 1,000 in each of his first two seasons. Despite his success, the Alouettes released him after the 2007 season and he played one final season with the Toronto Argonauts.
In 2009, Edwards was named the head football coach at Arlington Christian School in Fairburn, GA.
Robert Edwards made it all the way back and was a star in the CFL for 2 seasons. Edwards would arrive in Montreal in 2005 and join his brother receiver Terrence Edwards a receiver with the Alouettes. In his first season, the powerfull Edwards would rush for 1,199 and an impressive 6.4 per carry average. Edwards would get hurt late in the season and be replaced by Eric Lapointe as the Alouettes advanced to the Grey Cup before falling to Edmonton in overtime.
Edwards returned in 2006 and would post 14 touchdowns. Again Montreal would advance to the Grey Cup with Edwards and Anthony Calvillo leading the charge. Again Montreal would come away disappointed falling to the B.C. Lions. Edwards was released by Montreal early in the 2007 season replaced by Jarett Payton at running back. He would be picked up by Toronto and finish the season and his playing career with the Argoanuts.