career summary for Minnesota Golden Gophers Football: "One of the first players in the Big 10 to letter as a Freshman. This was due to WWII. Walter Edwards was a 4 year letterman at Edison High School in NE Minneapolis. Edwards, a multi-sport athlete was also the first football player in the Minneapolis City Conference to be named "ALL CITY" at 2... " positions--Center (as a junior) and Fullback and captain his senior year. In 1942, at age 16, Edwards won the National Junior Boys Speed-Skating Championship in Rochester, New York.
After his stellar career at Minnesota Edwards played for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers along with Golden Gopher teammate Bud Grant.
In 1949, Edwards married Joan Delores Forbes of Richfield Minnesota. After one season in Winnipeg, Edwards football career ended abruptly after a cyst on his brain erupted. In order to save his life the surgeons were forced to cut his optic nerve and remove a portion of his frontal lobe. Against all odds, Edwards, miraculously survived the ordeal and even regained full function of all his abilities. Although his football days were over, Walt Edwards enjoyed a success career in chemical sales. He and Joan raised 5 healthy kids. Walt coached his kids in football, baseball, hockey and softball. Walt died in 2004 at the age of 77.