No. 83 Detroit Lions
|Date of birth:October 25, 1988|
|Place of birth: Temple, Texas|
|High school: Hearne (TX)|
|Undrafted in 2012|
|No regular season or postseason appearances|
|Roster status: Practice Squad|
Career NFL statistics as of Week 5, 2013
Edwards was born in Temple, Texas to Patrick Dixon and Patricia Edwards. He was raised in Hearne, Texas where he attended Hearne High School. There, he played baseball, basketball, and football and competed in track and field. In basketball, Edwards was named an All-Region and All-District player, and, in baseball, he was named an All-District player. He played football as a wide receiver, and earned first-team All-State, All-District, and All-Brazos Valley honors.
Edwards did not secure a scholarship, but impressed the Cougars' coaches enough in try-outs to earn a walk-on position. He sat out the 2007 season as a redshirt.
He entered the season as a starter at a wide receiver position. During the first eight games of the season, Edwards recorded 46 receptions for 634 receiving yards and four touchdowns. He compiled 100-plus yard games against Oklahoma State, East Carolina, and Southern Methodist. Against UAB, he tallied a season-long 70-yard reception.
For their eighth game of the season, Houston traveled to meet Marshall. The Thundering Herd scored first with a field goal, and never relinquished the lead. In the third quarter, Houston quarterback Blake Joseph threw a long pass into the Marshall end zone. His intended receiver, Edwards, in pursuit of the pass, ran out of the back of the end zone. Just beyond the boundary, he collided with a motorized cart. Running at full speed, Edwards' right leg impacted the object and he flipped over due to the momentum. He suffered a compound fracture of the leg. The cart was one of several that were parked just outside the field's boundary and held equipment for the Marshall band.
Houston athletic director Dave Maggard declined to comment substantively about the situation, but confirmed he would discuss the matter with Marshall officials. Edwards himself considered the burden of responsibility to be with the Conference USA officiating crew, rather than Marshall. Shortly after the incident, he said from the hospital, "They are supposed to check and see if everything is off the field."
On March 30, 2009, Edwards announced that he would return to play the 2009 season and that he intended to pursue legal action against Marshall for his injury.
He still had an extremely productive college stay, racking up 4507 yards and 43 touchdowns on 291 receptions.
In Houston's 73-34 win against the Rice Owls on October 27, 2011, Edwards had 7 receptions for 318 yards and 5 touchdowns. Edwards was named the Conference USA Offensive Player of the Year for the 2011 season.
Edwards signed with the Detroit Lions as an undrafted free agent and made the 2013 team roster. He was cut by the Lions on October 14, but was signed to the Lions' practice squad two days later.
- 2008 Houston Cougars football team
- 2009 Houston Cougars football team
- 2010 Houston Cougars football team
- 2011 Houston Cougars football team
- Player Bio: Patrick Edwards, University of Houston, retrieved February 10, 2009.
- Patrick Edwards Stats, ESPN, retrieved February 10, 2009.
- Marshall never trails as Houston loses game, impact WR Edwards, ESPN, October 28, 2008.
- Houston Cougars receiver Patrick Edwards doesn't blame Marshall Thundering Herd for cart flip, ESPN, Associated Press, October 30, 2008.
- Third Down: Never Saw It Coming, The Washington Post, November 1, 2008.
- Houston WR Will Return Yahoo Sports, March 30, 2009
- "Cougars rake in C-USA honors" by Sam Khan, Jr.. Houston Chronicle, 7 December 2011.
- Meinke, Kyle (October 14, 2013). "WR Patrick Edwards waived by Detroit Lions". mlive.com. Retrieved October 14, 2013.
- Birkett, Dave (October 16, 2013). "Detroit Lions bring back WR Patrick Edwards on practice squad". Detroit Free Press. Retrieved October 17, 2013.