Ray Edwards (American football)

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Ray Edwards
No. 91, 93
Position: Defensive end
Personal information
Born: (1985-01-01) January 1, 1985 (age 33)
Cincinnati, Ohio
Height: 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Weight: 268 lb (122 kg)
Career information
High school: Cincinnati (OH) Woodward
College: Purdue
NFL Draft: 2006 / Round: 4 / Pick: 127
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Total tackles: 224
Sacks: 33.0
Forced fumbles: 6
Fumble recoveries: 6
Pass deflections: 14
Defensive touchdowns: 1
Player stats at NFL.com
Ray Edwards
Real name Raymond James Edwards, Jr.
Nickname(s) Monk
Weight(s) Heavyweight
Height 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Nationality United States American
Boxing record
Total fights 14
Wins 12
Wins by KO 7
Losses 1
Draws 1

Raymond James Edwards, Jr. (born January 1, 1985) is a former American football defensive end. He was drafted by the Minnesota Vikings in the fourth round of the 2006 NFL Draft. He played college football at Purdue.

Early years[edit]

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.

College career[edit]

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).

Professional career[edit]

Pre-draft measureables [1]
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

Minnesota Vikings[edit]

Edwards was drafted as the 127th pick (4th round) of the 2006 NFL draft.[2] 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 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.[3] 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.[4]

Atlanta Falcons[edit]

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.[5]

Edwards was surprised to be released by the Falcons on November 12, 2012 due to his poor attitude.[6]


Edwards made his professional boxing debut at a Minnesota casino on May 20, 2011, defeating Tyrone Gibson in a four-round bout. Edwards told the Star Tribune that he had signed a two-fight contract. His trainer was Jeff Warner, a former heavyweight boxer and pro wrestler.

Professional boxing record[edit]

12 Wins (7 knockouts, 5 decisions), 1 Losses, 1 Draws[7]
Res. Record Opponent Type Rd., Time Date Location Notes
Loss 12-1-1 United States Keenan "Good Burger" Hickman KO 4 (6) 2:55 2016-11-26 United States Firebird Athletic Complex, Bedford, Ohio [8]
Win 12-0-1 United States Daniel Pasciolla UD 6 2016-09-15 United States 2300 Arena, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania [9]
Win 11-0-1 United States Steven Tyner KO 2 (4) 2:14 2016-08-26 United States The Cabozze, Minneapolis, Minnesota [10]
Draw 10-0-1 United States Grover Young SD 4 2015-11-25 United States Bayfront Convention Center, Erie, Pennsylvania [11]
Win 10-0-0 United States Efren "Doc" Brown TKO 2 (4) 1:29 2015-06-27 United States Tyndall Armory, Indianapolis, Indiana [12]
Win 9–0 United States Brandon "Sizzler" Spencer UD 6 2014-09-27 United States Performance Arts Center, Dearborn, Michigan [13]
Win 8–0 United States D. J. "Don't get me confused with DL" Hughley TKO 4 (4), 0:47 2014-08-16 United States Carole Heafner Center, Charlotte, North Carolina
Win 7–0 United States Sam "I Am" Coming KO 2 (4), 0:53 2014-05-16 United States Henry Ford College, Dearborn, Michigan
Win 6–0 United States Raymuendo Lopez UD 4 2014-04-19 United States Henry Ford College, Dearborn, Michigan
Win 5–0 United States Alex Rozman UD 4 2014-01-24 United States Grand Casino, Hinckley, Minnesota
Win 4–0 United States "Mini" Van Goodman TKO 3 (4), 0:30 2013-03-15 United States Grand Casino, Hinckley, Minnesota
Win 3–0 United States Nick "Turbo Tax" Capes KO 1 (4), 0:29 2013-02-09 United States Red River Valley Fairgrounds, West Fargo, North Dakota
Win 2–0 United States Cory "Spare Tire" Briggs KO 1 (4), 0:41 2013-01-15 United States Grand Casino, Hinckley, Minnesota
Win 1–0 United States Tyrone Gibson UD 4 2011-05-20 United States Grand Casino, Hinckley, Minnesota Professional debut.


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