When Dave Edwards Scored His TD
Sad news that former Dallas linebacker Dave Edwards died earlier this week.
Edwards started ten games during his first two years in Dallas before taking over the strongside linebacker position in 1965. He remained the starter through the 1975 season, missing only one game between 1965 and 1975.
He became known as a playmaker in 1967 when he picked off three passes and made several other key plays. Against the Saints on October 15, 1967, Dallas was holding on to a 14-10 lead, but New Orleans was driving with 1:01 remaining.
Edwards made the play of the game by stealing a fumble. He raced 94 yards for an apparent touchdown only to have the play called back. Dallas went on to win the game, and the Dallas Morning News ran a column entitled “Wanted: TD for Edwards.”
“I’ve never scored a touchdown,” he told the paper. “Sure, it’s becoming a big thing with me.”
Less than two months later, Dallas faced the Baltimore Colts in Baltimore. The Colts led 10-7 in the second quarter when Edwards picked off a Johnny Unitas pass and scored from 26 yards away. It turned out to be Edwards’ only career touchdown.
His final game was Super Bowl X against the Steelers. During the following offseason, the Cowboys considered placing Edwards in the expansion draft held for the Seattle Seahawks and Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Edwards instead decided to retire.
He finished his career with 13 interceptions. Although he was never named to the Pro Bowl, he was a critical part of the teams that went to three Super Bowls and won Super Bowl VI.