JU Gets Former NFL Player as New Athletic Director


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Jacksonville University concluded their search for a new Athletic Director with the selection of former NFL player Brad Edwards.

Edwards, 46, is coming to JU from Newberry College where he was Athletic Director and helped move their Athletics program miles ahead of where it was.

Alan Verlander, the former Athletic Director, left the program after being with JU from 2005-2012. Edwards becomes the ninth AD in school history.

“I am excited, deeply humbled and honored to be joining Jacksonville University,” Edwards said in a JU press release. “I feel like a basketball player coming into the game with a 20-point lead and five seconds to play; I’m in a great position.”

Edwards was a second round pick in the 1988 NFL draft. He was originally drafted by the Minnesota Vikings. Edwards also spent time with the Washington Redskins, where he won Super Bowl XXVI, and the Atlanta Falcons.

Edwards was the Co-Captain on the defensive side of the ball for the Redskins on their Super Bowl team. He was also the runner up for the Super Bowl MVP.

Edwards received his degree in Business Management from the University of South Carolina where he was a member of the Gamecock football team. He earned second team All-American honors for the 1987 season.

Edwards is also a graduate of the Sports Management Institute. He completed the on-site curriculum at the University of Michigan and the University of Texas at Austin. He is in the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s (MIT) Executive Management and Leadership Program.

Born in Lumberton, N.C., he grew up close to Fayetteville and is now married with three sons. He assumed the duties of Jacksonville University Athletic Director in Aug., just before the fall semester began.