Matt Parker and I were hanging around the end zone at BMO Harris Bank Centre watching the Rush run through some plays. A deep voice greeted us from behind. It was Rush offensive lineman Steve Edwards, whom we previously interviewed on Media Day.
Now this is very cool! It is one thing for Rush staffers or arena workers to greet us, but it was really awesome to have Edwards welcome us and start talking about the upcoming game. Although we were caught a bit by surprise, Matt and I thought quick enough to ask him to get those thoughts on video.
Edwards talked about the importance of special teams and predicted a big play by the Rush special team. He was proven right when Jorrick Calvin returned a kickoff 48 yards to give the Rush a 54-42 lead midway through the fourth quarter.
Edwards also talked about how the kickers needed to adjust their kickoffs for the low hanging midfield scoreboard. Then we noticed Rush kicker Jose Martinez setting up way off center on his practice kicks. It was an odd sight, as we watched the kickoffs curve so close to the scoreboard on their way downfield. Edwards was right again.
A fellow grad of Mt. Carmel High School, Edwards was an undrafted free agent with the Philadelphia Eagles. He played with the Chicago Bears for four seasons and with the New York Giants for his last NFL season. He has been a great addition to his local Rush.
I wanted to point out Edwards for his kind act. It really should not surprise me that much, because the Rush has really gone out of the norm to make JohngysBeat.com feel welcome at the games. More accurately, I see the Rush doing everything possible to make each game a pleasurable experience for everyone.