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Brad Edwards On First Redskins Moment, Joe Gibbs’ Influence

Posted by Stephen Czarda on June 10, 2014 – 11:08 am

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Former Washington Redskins safety Brad Edwards’ rise to authoritative figure, he will take the position of Athletic Director at George Mason University Jul. 1, began long before his retirement from the NFL in 1996.

From 1990-1993, Edwards was a member of the Redskins were he was instrumental in helping the burgundy and gold capture Super Bowl XXVI against the Buffalo Bills, the franchise’s third Super Bowl victory in 10 years.

While in Washington, Edwards learned from one of the greatest coaches in sport history in Joe Gibbs and also had a pretty interesting first moment on the field that helped mold his leadership style.

He talked about both Gibbs and his first Redskins memory with CSN Washington on Monday.

Naturally as a safety, Edwards was one of the smaller players on the defensive unit. Despite his diminutive size in comparison to some of his teammates, he was tasked with play calling.

While he thought he had command at first, a certain defensive end let him know otherwise.

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 “The first time I walked into the defensive huddle, and the safety’s job here was to run the huddle and call all the signals, I walked into the huddle, you have to remember that I’m one of the smallest guys on the team, and so I make this call and immediately my left shoulder pads gets lifted up and I’m up on one football and it’s a guy by the name of Charles Mann who has me,” Edwards said. “He grabs me and he says ‘Look here kid—if you’re going to call signals here you better get some bass in your voice—and he shrugs me off like that and I went ‘okay.’”

“This is like when you got back and watch the prison movie you watch when you’re a kid. You can either buck up now or (not). We had a nice conversation after that and we’re now lifelong friends.”

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“After that I was jerking guys into the huddle and telling them to stop looking at the replay screen to see whose sack it was,” Edwards said. “They’re all concerned about who got the sack. They’d want to see themselves on T.V. You have no idea how many times I had to get a guy to quit looking at the screen.”

And while he had other coaches instructing him on football, no one figure was more influential on Edwards both on and off the field than Gibbs.

“I think the years that I was here, certainly under Joe Gibbs, were the most formative of my entire life and I try to manage the way coach Gibbs managed, the way he treated people, the way he always ended things well. He wasn’t a screamer, he wasn’t a yeller, but he had an insane work ethic.

“He had high expectations and standards and he held you accountable, but he always made you feel like he wanted you. He wanted to see you succeed.”

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One Response to “Brad Edwards On First Redskins Moment, Joe Gibbs’ Influence”

  1. By George Dombrowsky on Jun 10, 2014 | Reply

    Brad: First of all I want to wish you the very best in your new position at George Mason. I grew up in Alexandria, Va. and watched my first “skins” game in 1946 when “Slingin Sam” was there. I have watched a lot of Redskins games over the years and your performance against Buffalo was one of the best. They may have given the MVP to Rypien but you deserved it. Best wishes Brad. George D. (50 Yr Ticket Holder)

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