He grew up in Tatum, a small East Texas town. His father owned a 5-acre farm where they worked to produce most of their food. It was at this humbling beginning Dr. Edwards built his value system of hard work, preparation and self worth. He was taught to dreams big and never quit. Coming from a generation of educators and teachers, Dr. Edwards graduated from Tatum High School in 1968 and traveled west 25 miles to Kilgore Junior College as a 147 pound “walk on” wide receiver. There were 150 other athletes competing for the football team who had only eleven scholarships available. Edwards was one of eleven who made the team.