Here is the latest in a series of examinations into urban legends about football and whether they are true or false. Click here to view an archive of the football urban legends featured so far.
FOOTBALL URBAN LEGEND: A player suffered a career ending injury walking back from a coin toss.
Albert “Turk” Edwards was a high profile offensive tackle coming out of college in 1932. An All-American for Washington State, Edwards had teams climbing over themselves to sign him. He ultimately signed with the Boston Braves, who changed their name in 1933 to the Boston Redskins and then moved to Washington in 1937.
Edwards spent his entire career playing for the Redskins, and upon his retirement in 1940, he became an assistant coach before finally becoming Head Coach in 1946. He retired in 1948, having spent all of his seventeen years in the NFL as a member of the Redskins organization.
He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1969.
Edwards was a massive guy – Life Magazine even did a spread on him in 1938, spotlighting his size…
However, as you might imagine, size can have a major downside, and in Edwards’ case, it led to a bizarre career-ending injury.
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