Florida meets Georgia this Saturday at the “World’s Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party” in Jacksonville. And it’s been 15 years since Robert Edwards endeared himself to Dawgs fans forever.
In the 1997 game, the onetime cornerback rumbled through the Gators’ defense for 124 and four touchdowns. Georgia’s 37–17 win was its first against Florida since 1989 and was the Gators’ worst regular-season loss in five years.
These days, Edwards is in his first season as the head football coach at Greene County High School in Greensboro, GA. The Tigers are 2–5 on the year.
Edwards struggled with injuries as a player, both in Athens and in the NFL. After a standout 1998 rookie season with the Patriots, he blew out his knee in a beach flag football game during Pro Bowl week in February 1999.
Following a three-year hiatus, Edwards returned to the NFL in 2002 with the Dolphins. He would also spend three seasons in the CFL (2005–2007) with the Montreal Alouettes and Toronto Argonauts.
Edwards was the head football coach at Arlington Christian School in Fairburn, GA, for two seasons (2010–2011) before arriving at Greene County in April 2012. He and his wife Tracy — a former Georgia women’s basketball player — have two daughters, Journee and Justice. Robert Edwards profile