Clyde Edwards-Helaire

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Clyde Edwards-Helaire
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Edwards-Helaire with LSU in 2020
No. 25 – Kansas City Chiefs
Position:Running back
Personal information
Born: (1999-04-11) April 11, 1999 (age 22)
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Height:5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)
Weight:209 lb (95 kg)
Career information
High school:Catholic (Baton Rouge)
College:LSU
NFL Draft:2020 / Round: 1 / Pick: 32
Career history
Roster status:Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of 2020
Rushing yards:803
Rushing average:4.4
Rushing touchdowns:4
Receptions:36
Receiving yards:297
Receiving touchdowns:1
Player stats at NFL.com · PFR

Clyde Edwards-Helaire (born April 11, 1999) is an American football running back for the Kansas City Chiefs of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at LSU and was drafted by the Chiefs in the first round of the 2020 NFL Draft.

Early life[edit]

Edwards-Helaire was born and raised in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and grew up with future high school and LSU teammate Derrius Guice. He attended Catholic High School and became the first freshman in then head coach Dale Weiner's 29 year tenure to play on the varsity football team as a freshman.[1] In addition to football, Edwards-Helaire also competed in track & field. As a senior, Edwards-Helaire rushed 58 times for 496 yards and 10 touchdowns and was named the MVP of the 5A State Championship Game after catching eight passes for 161 yards and rushing for 88 yards and a touchdown in the Bears 31–28 over Archbishop Rummel High School.[2] Rated a four-star recruit, Edwards-Helaire committed to play college football at Louisiana State University.[3]

College career[edit]

Edwards-Helaire in 2019

As a true freshman, Edwards-Helaire played in all 13 of the Tigers' games, playing mostly on special teams and rushing nine times for 31 yards.[4] As a sophomore, Edwards-Helaire finished second on the team with 658 rushing yards and seven touchdowns with 11 receptions for 96 yards and also returned 17 kicks for 416 yards.[5] He recorded his first 100-yard game in a 38–21 win over Louisiana Tech, gaining 136 yards with two touchdowns on 20 carries.[6] Edwards-Helaire rushed for 145 yards in LSU's 36–16 victory over second-ranked Georgia.[7]

Edwards-Helaire was named LSU's starting running back and on the watchlists for the Maxwell and Paul Hornung Awards going into his junior season.[8][9] He played a major role in LSU's win over third-ranked Alabama, rushing for 103 yards and three touchdowns and catching nine passes for 77 yards and a touchdown in the 46–41 victory and was named the SEC co-Offensive Player of the Week along with LSU quarterback Joe Burrow.[10][11] Edwards-Helaire finished the regular season with 1,414 rushing yards (Third most in a single season in school history) and 16 touchdowns on 215 carries, 453 receiving yards and a touchdown on 55 receptions and returned 16 kicks for 214 yards and was a consensus first team All-SEC selection at running back and was named second team by the league's coaches as an all-purpose performer and was also the only SEC running back to be named a semifinalist for the Doak Walker Award.[12][13] After playing sparingly against Oklahoma in the 2019 Peach Bowl due to a hamstring injury,[14] Edwards-Helaire rushed 16 times for 110 yards and caught five passes for 54 yards in LSU's 42–25 win over Clemson in the 2020 National Championship Game.[15] Following the end of the season, Edwards-Helaire announced that he would forgo his senior season to enter the 2020 NFL Draft.[16]

Professional career[edit]

Pre-draft measurables
Height Weight Arm length Hand size 40-yard dash Vertical jump Broad jump Bench press
5 ft 7+14 in
(1.71 m)
207 lb
(94 kg)
29 in
(0.74 m)
9+58 in
(0.24 m)
4.60 s 39.5 in
(1.00 m)
10 ft 3 in
(3.12 m)
15 reps
All values from NFL Combine[17]

Edwards-Helaire was selected by the Kansas City Chiefs, in the first round with the 32nd overall pick of the 2020 NFL Draft.[18]

Edwards-Helaire made his debut for the Chiefs in Week 1 as the starting running back after Damien Williams opted out of the 2020 season.[19] In his first career start as he rushed for 138 yards and scored a rushing touchdown in the 34–20 victory over the Houston Texans.[20] He became the youngest player in NFL history to rush for at least 130 yards and a touchdown in his NFL debut.[21] In Week 6, against the Buffalo Bills, he rushed for 161 rushing yards in the 26–17 victory.[22] In Week 11 against the Las Vegas Raiders on Sunday Night Football, Edwards-Helaire rushed for two touchdowns during the 35–31 win.[23] On Week 15 against the New Orleans Saints, Edwards-Helaire suffered a hip and ankle injury, making him unavailable for the remainder of the 2020 NFL regular season.[24] Overall, he finished his rookie season with 181 carries for 803 rushing yards and four rushing touchdowns to go along with 36 recepiotns for 297 receiving yards and one receiving touchdown.[25]

In the AFC Championship against the Buffalo Bills, Edwards-Helaire rushed six times for seven yards and a touchdown during the 38–24 win.[26] In Super Bowl LV against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Edwards-Helaire rushed nine times for 64 yards and recorded two catches for 23 yards during the 31–9 loss.[27][28]

Career statistics[edit]

Year Team Games Rushing Receiving Fumbles
GP GS Att Yds Avg Lng TD Rec Yds Avg Lng TD Fum Lst
2020 KC 13 13 181 803 4.4 31 4 36 297 8.3 26 1 0 0
Career 13 13 181 803 4.4 31 4 36 297 8.3 26 1 0 0
Postseason
2020 KC 2 2 15 71 4.7 26 1 3 23 7.7 18 0 0 0
Career 2 2 15 71 4.7 26 1 3 23 7.7 18 0 0 0

Personal life[edit]

In December 2018, Edwards-Helaire was involved in a fatal self-defense shooting in Scotlandville, Louisiana.[29] His surname is taken from his biological father (Edwards) and his stepfather (Helaire). He legally had it changed after meeting with an attorney at fourteen years old, keeping his biological father's last name out of respect while honoring his stepfather for his presence during his upbringing.[30]

Edwards-Helaire's sister Madee has a form of Muscular dystrophy, and appeared on the MDA Kevin Hart Kids Telethon.[31]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Gilbeau, Glenn (August 7, 2018). "For nearly 15 years, LSU's Edwards-Helaire has been running in Derrius Guice's cleat steps". The Daily Advertiser. Retrieved November 9, 2019.
  2. ^ Dixon, Shea (August 29, 2017). "Edwards-Helaire will start on kick returns". 247Sports.com. Retrieved November 9, 2019.
  3. ^ Dixon, Shea (January 5, 2017). "Edwards-Helaire locks in LSU visit". CBSSports.com. Retrieved November 10, 2019.
  4. ^ Hickey, Alex (March 14, 2018). "Nick Brossette and Clyde-Edwards Helaire inspired by former LSU stars". Dayton Daily News. Retrieved November 9, 2019.
  5. ^ Edwards, Brody (August 8, 2019). "'Built for this offense': LSU RB Clyde Edwards-Helaire could thrive in new scheme, but freshmen also want roles". The Athletic. Retrieved May 7, 2020.
  6. ^ Kuebna, Brooks (September 23, 2018). "'We put Louisiana in their hands': Edwards-Helaire's big game game keeps LSU undefeated". The Advocate. Retrieved November 9, 2019.
  7. ^ Just, Amie (October 14, 2018). "LSU run game led by Clyde Edwards-Helaire crucial in win over No. 2 Georgia". NOLA.com. Retrieved November 9, 2019.
  8. ^ Embody, Billy (August 30, 2019). "Starting job special for Baton Rouge's Clyde Edwards-Helaire". 247Sports.com. Retrieved November 9, 2019.
  9. ^ Kubena, Brooks (July 25, 2019). "LSU's Clyde Edwards-Helaire named to Paul Hornung watch list for nation's most versatile player". The Advocate. Retrieved November 9, 2019.
  10. ^ Scarborough, Alex (November 9, 2019). "LSU win over Alabama validates Ed Orgeron, Joe Burrow, Clyde Edwards-Helaire". ESPN.com. Retrieved November 9, 2019.
  11. ^ "Burrow, Edwards-Helaire named SEC offensive players of the week after historic win over Bama". WBRZ.com. November 11, 2019. Retrieved November 11, 2019.
  12. ^ West, Glen (December 9, 2019). "LSU Football Dominates the AP All-SEC Team, Orgeron Named SEC Coach of the Year". SI.com. Retrieved December 16, 2019.
  13. ^ Shipp, Sonny (November 21, 2019). "Edwards-Helaire a semifinalist for Doak Walker Award". 247Sports.com. Retrieved December 16, 2019.
  14. ^ "Peach Bowl – Oklahoma vs LSU Box Score, December 28, 2019". College Football at Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved December 1, 2020.
  15. ^ Trapasso, Chris (January 14, 2020). "2020 NFL Draft: Joe Burrow showcases elite skill set, Clyde Edwards-Helaire shines in LSU's title game win". CBSSports.com. Retrieved January 15, 2020.
  16. ^ Dixon, Shea (January 15, 2020). "Clyde Edwards-Helaire declares for NFL Draft". 247Sports.com. Retrieved January 15, 2020.
  17. ^ "Clyde Edwards-Helaire Combine Profile". NFL.com. Retrieved April 8, 2020.
  18. ^ White, R.J. (April 23, 2020). "2020 NFL Draft grades: Chiefs get a 'B-' for selecting Clyde Edwards-Helaire at No. 32 overall". CBS Sports. Retrieved April 23, 2020.
  19. ^ Brisco, Joshua (July 29, 2020). "Chiefs RB Damien Williams Opts Out of 2020 NFL Season". SI.com. Retrieved September 11, 2020.
  20. ^ "Chiefs' New Normal Looks Familiar in Win Over Texans". The New York Times. Associated Press. September 11, 2020. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved September 11, 2020.
  21. ^ "Youngest players to rush for at least 130 yards and a touchdown in NFL debut, NFL history". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Archived from the original on September 29, 2020. Retrieved September 17, 2020.
  22. ^ "Kansas City Chiefs at Buffalo Bills – October 19th, 2020". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved October 20, 2020.
  23. ^ "Kansas City Chiefs at Las Vegas Raiders – November 22nd, 2020". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved November 28, 2020.
  24. ^ Kerr, Jeff (December 21, 2020). "Chiefs' Clyde Edwards-Helaire reportedly out for remainder of regular season, X-rays negative". cbssports. Retrieved December 21, 2020.
  25. ^ "Clyde Edwards-Helaire 2020 Game Log". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved March 4, 2021.
  26. ^ "AFC Championship – Buffalo Bills at Kansas City Chiefs – January 24th, 2021". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved January 31, 2021.
  27. ^ Junda, Zach (February 8, 2021). "White, Fournette Help Lead Bucs to Super Bowl 55 Win". And The Valley Shook. Retrieved February 8, 2021.
  28. ^ "Super Bowl LV – Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Kansas City Chiefs – February 7th, 2021". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved March 4, 2021.
  29. ^ Kennedy, Emma (December 29, 2018). "Authorities running gun trace in LSU player-involved shooting; closing case could take months". The Advocate. Retrieved December 8, 2019.
  30. ^ Aschoff, Edward (April 24, 2020). "LSU's Clyde Edwards-Helaire benefits from his extended family". ESPN.com. Retrieved April 28, 2020.
  31. ^ "MDA KevinHart Kids Telethon". blacktiemagazine.com. Retrieved December 1, 2020.

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