1975 Dallas Cowboys Player Rankings: #17 Dave Edwards
Though often overshadowed by the high-profile contributors surrounding him, Dave Edwards’ thirteenth and final season with the Dallas Cowboys was a fitting conclusion to a solid NFL career. Filling his most limited role in more than a decade, the 36-year old veteran proved to be a calming force for a youth-filled Cowboys roster which experienced a wide range of highs and lows throughout the course of the 1975 campaign.
For the tenth time in eleven years, Edwards started every game at strong-side linebacker for the Cowboys. But unlike in past seasons, Edwards had to find a balance between being a player and a mentor.
When not helping out on the Cowboys’ base defense on early downs, Edwards was a coach and cheerleader on the sideline for a trio of rookie linebackers, most notably Thomas Henderson. Edwards’ down-to-earth manner and knowledge of the position won over the high-strung Henderson, and helped the Langston standout acclimate himself to Tom Landry’s ultra-technical Flex defense.
Edwards later recalled watching Henderson return a kickoff 97 yards for a touchdown in Week 2 versus the Cardinals and thinking to himself, “Well, there goes the guy who’s taking my job.”
Edwards did record one fumble recovery during the season, but his most memorable moment of 1975 may have occurred on the practice field when “Fuzzy,” as he was known, emerged from the locker room with a full head of blond curly hair, earning him a bit of ribbing from teammates. Needless to say, the curls didn’t last long.
Along with many other of his fellow Cowboys, Edwards enjoyed a fine afternoon in the California sun during the NFC Championship Game, limiting Los Angeles running back Lawrence McCutcheon to just 10 yards on 11 rushing attempts as Dallas rolled over the Rams 37-7 and into the Super Bowl.