Jimmy Edwards (gridiron football)
|Date of birth||September 19, 1952|
|Place of birth||Oklahoma City, Oklahoma|
|Height||5 ft 10 in (178 cm)|
|Weight||195 lb (88 kg)|
Louisiana at Monroe
|High school||Classen High School|
|1974||Birmingham Americans - WFL|
|1975||Shreveport Steamers - WFL|
|1976–1978||Hamilton Tiger-Cats - CFL|
|1979||Minnesota Vikings - NFL|
|1981||Winnipeg Blue Bombers - CFL|
|1982||Saskatchewan Roughriders - CFL|
|Career highlights and awards|
|CFL All-Star||1976, 1977|
|CFL East All-Star||1976, 1977|
|Awards||1977 - CFL's Most Outstanding Player Award
1976, 1977 - Jeff Russel Memorial Trophy
Edwards was born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma and graduated from Classen High School in Oklahoma City. He married Elaine June Sheets. He played college football at the University of Oklahoma and the University of Louisiana at Monroe.
He began his professional career in the WFL in 1974 with the Birmingham Americans. He rushed for 575 yatds on 99 carries and scored 7 TDs, while also catching 11 passes and returning kickoffs. In 1975, he moved to the Shreveport Steamers, where he rushed for only 163 yards on 49 carries and scoring 3 TDs. In the short existence of the WFL Edwards was the 20th all-time leading rusher.
He starred with the Tiger-Cats from 1976 to 1978. He was an all star each season and won the CFL's Most Outstanding Player Award in 1977 when he led the league in rushing with 1581 yards. This remained a team record until 2004, when Troy Davis broke it. He also rushed for 1046 yards in 1976, with 7 touchdowns, and for 800 yards in 1978. He finished in Hamilton with 3467 yards on 641 carries.
In 1979, he played 14 games with the NFL's Minnesota Vikings, where he led the league in kickoff return yardage average (25.1 on 44 returns.) He also returned 33 punts, but caught only one pass and did not rush the ball.