- The Washington Times - Monday, December 25, 2006

Brad Edwards still can see Charles Mann standing in the defensive huddle. Or rather, he visualizes “his big head, giving me this look.” It was a look that said, “Get this call in. Don’t screw it up,” Edwards recalls, laughing.

But mostly what Edwards remembers about the 1991 Redskins was “it was a team that was all about business,” he said. “When you look back at your career and look at different teams, you’re gonna gravitate to the team that won the Super Bowl. But it was such a well-put together and well-coached team with such a great culture.”

A safety who came to Washington as a Plan B free agent in 1990, Edwards said the Redskins were not the most talented team he played for. That might have been his previous employer, the Minnesota Vikings.

“Loaded with talent in terms of speed and athleticism,” said Edwards, who had two interceptions in Super Bowl XXVI.

But nothing like the Redskins in terms of character and attitude. Again, Edwards invokes the word “culture.” As in, “one that was extremely positive,” he said. “It was a team that was interestingly very supportive of one another. No back-biting, no cliques, none of the kind of things that’s pervasive in every other team and organization I’ve ever been around.”

In addition to the Vikings and Redskins, Edwards played for the Falcons and was briefly with the Packers before retiring in 1998. He worked for a brokerage firm, tried to buy an arena football team and ended up back at his alma mater, the University of South Carolina, as an associate athletic director.

When Edwards was bypassed for the AD position earlier this year, he left his job but remained on campus, working as director of new business development for a sports media company.

Having been involved with sports for most of his life, Edwards still marvels at how Redskins coach Joe Gibbs assembled the pieces of what would be the franchise’s third Super Bowl-winning team. Gibbs, he said, made a concerted effort to “recruit” players who would sublimate their egos and sometimes accept lesser roles than what they were accustomed for the sake of winning.

“It’s not just that we were successful. It was the chemistry, the camaraderie, the support,” he said. “They challenged one another but in a way that was unique.”

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