Ray Edwards (American football)
No. -- Free agent
|Date of birth:January 1, 1985|
|Place of birth: Cincinnati, Ohio|
|NFL Draft: 2006 / Round: 4 / Pick: 127|
|Debuted in 2006 for the Minnesota Vikings|
|Roster status: Active|
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 10, 2012
|Real name||Raymond James Edwards, Jr.|
|Height||6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)|
January 1, 1985 |
Cincinnati, Ohio, U.S.
|Wins by KO||3|
Raymond James Edwards, Jr. (born January 1, 1985) is an American football defensive end. He is currently a free agent in the National Football League. He was drafted by the Minnesota Vikings in the fourth round of the 2006 NFL Draft. He played college football at Purdue.
Edwards attended Woodward High School in Cincinnati and was a student and a letterman in football. In football, he was a two-year starter and posted 12.0 sacks, 110 tackles, and seven forced fumbles as a senior.
Edwards played college football for three years at Big Ten school Purdue from 2003-2005. In his college career, Edwards played 36 games (starting in 18). He recorded a total of 16 sacks and received many honors including All-Freshmen team choice by The Sporting News (2003), honorable mention All-Big Ten (2004) and semifinalist for the Ted Hendricks Defensive End of the Year Award (2005).
|Pre-draft measureables |
|Height||Weight||40-yard dash||10-yard split||20-yard split||20 ss||3-cone||Vert||Broad||BP||Wonderlic|
|6-4*||273*||4.81 *||1.64 *||2.75 *||4.57 *||7.71 *||39" *||9'06" *||30 *||26 *|
|* represents NFL Combine|
Edwards was drafted as the 127th pick (4th round) of the 2006 NFL draft. During his rookie season, he appeared in 15 of the 16 regular season games, (the most for a Vikings rookie that year) and started in 2 of the last 4 games. He recorded 3 sacks and 10 tackles. In 2007 Edwards had 5 sacks and 30 tackles in 12 games. He scored one touchdown on a fumble recovery against Detroit. On December 5, Edwards was suspended for four games the by the National Football League for a violation of the league's Steroid policy. He was not eligible to play for the remainder of the Vikings regular season. In 2008 Edwards made 55 tackles and 5 sacks as the starting left defensive end after the acquisition of Jared Allen. In 2009, Edwards had a breakout year, recording 8.5 sacks, and having a strong performance against the Dallas Cowboys in the Divisional Round of the post-season. Edwards became a restricted free agent in the 2010 offseason due to the CBA dispute instead of an unrestricted FA as he would have been if there were a labor agreement. The Vikings gave him a first-round restricted free agent tender. He signed the tender on June 14, 2010 after deciding to miss the Vikings offseason program.
Edwards was signed by the Atlanta Falcons to a five-year contract on July 29, 2011. During the Falcons' 8-1 start in 2012, Edwards was largely invisible, with most of his snaps being taken by players with much lower salaries. 
Edwards was surprised to be released by the Falcons on November 12, 2012 due to his poor attitude.
Edwards made his professional boxing debut at a Minnesota casino on May 20, 2011, defeating T. J. Gibson in a four-round bout. Edwards told the Star Tribune that he has signed a two-fight contract. His trainer is Jeff Warner, a former heavyweight boxer and pro wrestler.
Professional boxing record
|4 Wins (3 knockouts, 1 decision), 0 Losses, 0 Draws|
|Win||4–0||Van Goodman||TKO||3 (4), 0:30||2013-03-15||Grand Casino, Hinckley, Minnesota|
|Win||3–0||Nick Capes||KO||1 (4), 0:29||2013-02-09||Red River Valley Fairgrounds, West Fargo, North Dakota|
|Win||2–0||Cory Briggs||KO||1 (4), 0:41||2013-01-15||Grand Casino, Hinckley, Minnesota|
|Win||1–0||Tyrone Gibson||UD||4||2010-05-20||Grand Casino, Hinckley, Minnesota||Professional debut.|
- TSN War Room
- Minnesota Vikings bio
- Edwards suspended for violating steroid policy
- "Vikes' DE Edwards signs, Triplett gets contract". Associated Press. June 14, 2010. Retrieved 2010-06-14.
- Ledbetter, D. Orlando (July 29, 2011). "Atlanta Falcons Falcons agree to 5-year deal with DE Ray Edwards". The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Retrieved July 29, 2011.
- "Ray Edwards cut by Atlanta Falcons in surprise move". National Football League. 2012-11-12. Retrieved 2012-11-13.