Eugene Edwards


Eugene T. Edwards Jr.
(Football, 1980)

Gene Edwards was a two-sport athlete. Gene played third base and was a catcher for DHS. But it was on the football field that Gene excelled. His senior season, the team went 5-4; its four losses were by a total of nine points. The team barely missed going to the FCIAC Championships as they lost a heartbreaker to Greenwich, 22-21 where future NFL Hall of Famer Steve Young was the quarterback. Gene played both offensive center and defensive end. During his high school gridiron career, Gene received many honors. He was senior co-captain and was named All-Area for two seasons for both the Bridgeport Post and the Danbury News-Times. He was the National Football Foundation and Hall of Fame Scholar-Athlete in 1980. Gene was All-FCIAC for two seasons and All-State in 1979. He received both the Danbury Kiwanis Club Sportsmanship Award and the Danbury Old Timer’s Award for Scholar/Athlete in 1980. After graduating, Gene attended Cornell University where he was a three year starter for the ‘Big Red’ Varsity Football team, playing offensive center. He was named to the All-Ivy Team his senior year and received the prestigious Sid Roth Most Valuable Down-Lineman Award. A Dean’s List student at Cornell, he received a BS in Agricultural Engineering. After Cornell, Gene received his MBA from Duke University in 1986 and then went on to work in the financial industry at The Travelers, Union Bank of Switzerland, Goldman Sachs, GMAC and RW Pressprich & Co. He also completed his JD in the evening program at Western New England College School of Law and is a member of the CT Bar. Gene recently switched careers and is currently pursuing his dream of small business and entrepreneurship in a variety of industries. Gene, following in his father’s footsteps, is actively involved in coaching youth sports. He coaches baseball for Stamford Little League, football for the Stamford Youth Foundation and wrestling for the Stamford Jr. Wrestling Club. In an ironic twist, Gene’s sons are often found competing against Danbury wrestlers of which the founder of DHS wrestling is none other than Gene’s Dad, Coach Gus Edwards.