Robert Edwards Deserves a Chance sign now

In 1998, Robert Edwards, the New England Patriots first round pick, was one of the hottest prospects in the NFL. After rushing for over 1100 years and rushing for a touchdown in each of his first six NFL games (an NFL record), Robert was selected for post season honors from Pro Football Weekly, College & Pro Football Weekly, Football Digest and Football News and was runner up for NFL Rookie of the Year.

His success brought him a wealth of new opportunities and requests for his time. Among those requests was one by the NFL to participate in the Beach Bowl, a Rookie All Star Flag Football game played in conjunction with the Pro Bowl. Filled with the brightest young talent in the NFL, the game would prove costly for Robert. Along with the Raiders Charles Woodson, Robert was attempting to deflect a pass to San Franciscos R.W. McQuarters and had an awkward fall in the sand. He suffered severe nerve and ligament damage and was minutes away from having his leg amputated. Doctors saved the leg, but said he would most likely require use of a cane for life and football was out of the question. As Dr. Burton Elrod, a renowned orthopedic surgeon and team physician for the Tennessee Titans, put it he was looking at 3rd and 46.

Robert would hear none of it. After all, this is a man who had overcome great odds to make the NFL and had started 15 out of 16 games as a rookie. Robert was determined to regain his NFL dreams and mounted a massive rehabilitation effort. Hours in the gym each day, physical therapy, practice, and pray. In 2001, against all odds and to the doctors disbelief, Robert was healthy and after a series of different team tryouts, was picked up by the Miami Dolphins.

He made an immediate impact. In just his first game back, Robert scored 2 touchdowns, caught 4 passes for 38 yards and gain 20 more rushing on four carries. With any injury or other problem, Robert was cut just prior to the 2003 season. Why?

We, the undersigned petitioners, would also like ask the Team Presidents, Owners, General Managers and Coaches of the NFL why Robert Edwards who, above all his ability is of strong character and sound work ethic, has not been given a job. This is a man who has overcome great obstacles and has excelled at each opportunity presented. At a time when some players put their love of money or drugs over the love of the game, we, the undersigned petitioners, believe Robert must be given a chance. We believe he will flourish in the NFL, that he will put up numbers greater or equal to those of his steller first season, and above all, he will be a great addition to a team.

We, the undersigned petitioners, believe Robert deserves an opportunity. We are asking any one of the over hundred plus NFL team management officials to call Robert Edwards agent today and give him a shot. He is in shape, he is ready! Get him into training camp now and let him show you how he can help your team. It would be a disastrous decision to pass on Robert, then not get the desired results out of your running back. Or worse, to have Robert rush for 196 yards against your team, as he did against the Rams in December 98.

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