I remember back during the 2007 season hosting The Bart Scott Show down at Della Rose’s Avenue Tavern in Canton. One week Bart invited Dwan Edwards to join us.
During one of the commercial breaks, Bart mentioned our site Ravens24x7.com to Dwan and in an instant his body language changed. He took exception to some of the criticisms delivered by Ken McKusick, one of our columnists who you may know as FilmStudy.
In Ken’s defense when Edwards began to play better in 2009 (he missed 2008 with a back injury), he was equally as quick to extend kudos to the now former Raven.
Edwards as we all know has moved on to greener pastures, opting for a four year, $18 million deal in Western New York instead of staying with the Ravens.
Who could blame him? The Ravens were unsure of how the bulging disk in Edwards’ neck would impact his future career and they opted not to extend a similar contract to the former Oregon St. Beaver. Now he has a fresh new start. He has his fortune and now he is seeking the fame.
“I’ve been around such great players — Ray (Lewis), Steve McNair, Deion Sanders, Jonathan Ogden — and I’ve learned so much from just watching and being around them for so long that I feel like I know what it takes to be successful in this league,” Edwards told the Billings Gazette.
“I just want to bring that to Buffalo in any way that I can.”
Edwards has been a good guy, a hard worker with a high motor and a man involved in the community. He’s a former Raven that most if not all fans from Baltimore would wish all the best – until he delivered this salvo to the city of Baltimore.
“People are very friendly out in Buffalo. I’ve noticed that more than anything. It kind of reminds me of [Billings, MT].”
He continued, “It’s definitely not like Baltimore. People are very friendly. They have diehard fans out there [in Buffalo]. They’re ready for a winner and I hope we can deliver.”
Not friendly in B’more?
This is Charm City, right?
No diehard fans in B’more?
Ask Willis McGahee how friendly the fans in Buffalo are.
Ask a Ravens’ fan who traveled to Buffalo on October 21, 2007 just how “hospitable” those fans in Orchard Park, NY were.
It will be interesting to see if the Ravens fans fire back when the Bills visit Baltimore on October 24, 2010, you know, given that the Bills haven’t been very relevant as of late.
Dwan Edwards, the Bills…
It could be that the hometown faithful at M&T Bank Stadium views that combination as too ho-hum to stir up any bile.
Time will tell.