From hard-hitting Washington Redskins safety to head man of athletics at the largest university in the Commonwealth of Virginia.
On Monday, George Mason University announced that they have hired Brad Edwards as their Athletic Director.
Playing four seasons (1990-1993) with the burgundy and gold, Edwards is best remembered for his ability to jump routes (a team-high six interceptions in 1992) and this bone-crunching hit on Buffalo Bills wide receiver James Lofton in Super Bowl XXVI:
Here is more information on Edwards’ hiring courtesy George Mason University’s press release:
George Mason University President Ángel Cabrera announced today that Brad Edwards will become the university’s next athletic director. The former Washington Redskin will become the fifth athletic director in George Mason’s history.
“Mason has a history of success in Division I athletics, and this appointment shows we are committed to building on that tradition,” Cabrera said. “Brad Edwards is the kind of leader that exemplifies our innovative spirit, and we are proud to welcome him to Mason Nation.”
Edwards, who has served as athletic director at Jacksonville University since 2012, replaces Tom O’Connor, who announced his retirement in March after 20 years with the Patriots and 40 years in NCAA Division I athletics.
“I am incredibly thankful to Dr. Cabrera and the Mason community for this opportunity, an opportunity I’ve spent years working toward,” Edwards says. “I also want to thank Tom O’Connor for the outstanding job he has done in building the Patriot brand, and it is my mission to aggressively build on that foundation while also blazing a new path forward with great energy, enthusiasm and a highly competitive spirit.”
Edwards was a standout athlete for the University of South Carolina Gamecock football team, earning second-team all-American honors after the 1987 season. He went on to play free safety in the NFL for nine seasons after being drafted in the second round of the 1988 draft by the Minnesota Vikings.
He also played with the Washington Redskins and Atlanta Falcons and was a defensive co-captain and runner-up MVP with the Redskins Super Bowl XXVI championship team. He was a USA Today All-Pro, a UPI All-NFC selection, and is a member of South Carolina (statewide) athletic Hall of Fame.
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