Catching up with: Bobby Joe Edmonds

Posted Aug 10, 2013

Bobby Joe Edmonds arrived in 1986 and by the time his rookie season with the Seahawks was over he had been named All-Pro and voted the AFC kick returner in the Pro Bowl.

What He Did

Bobby Joe Edmonds went to the Pro Bowl as the AFC kick returner and was named All-Pro as a rookie in 1986 after being selected in the fifth round of the NFL Draft out of Arkansas. He averaged 22.5 yards on kickoff returns and 12.3 yards on punt returns that season. Edmonds also was the returner in 1987, when he averaged 20.9 and 12.6; and 1988, when he averaged 22.5 and 9.7. He ranks No. 3 in franchise history with 190 combined returns behind Leon Washington (231) and Charlie Rogers (207).

What He’s Doing

Edmonds also played for the Oakland Raiders (1989) and Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1995). He lives in Fayetteville, Ark., where he runs a credit card processing and merchant service business and hosts a sports-talk radio show. Edmonds also completed his master’s degree in education. His 15-year-old son, Bobby Joe Edmonds III, is a sophomore running back who already is drawing interest from universities.

Quick Hits

If I could have dinner with anyone – living or dead – it would be: “It would have to be Jesus Christ.”

Must-see TV: “You know what? I don’t have a current must-see TV show. But I’m going to go back and say ‘The Munsters.’ You remember ‘The Munsters’? ”

The best book I’ve ever read: “I’m going to go with ‘The Firm.’ ”

You Don’t Say

My best memory as a Seahawk: “That is a tough one. But I would say the most proud moment probably would be my rookie year when (coach) Chuck Knox was announcing to the team who had made it to the Pro Bowl. He saved me for last. He mentioned Steve Largent, Jacob Green, Fredd Young. Then he said, ‘And Bobby Joe Edmonds.’ So that probably was one of my proudest moments.”

Something most people don’t know about me: “I’m an outgoing guy, and I’m introverted as well. People see me as outgoing, which I am. But people don’t know how I like to spend time just away from things.”

If I could re-live one day in my life: Edmonds not only wants to re-live the day, he would like to alter the outcome. “When I was 13-years old, not having the police officer knock on our door and tell me that my mom had been in a car accident and she died that night.” Edmonds then lived with his grandmother, who died in a car accident the December before he was drafted by the Seahawks. “So neither of them got to see me play in the NFL. That was one of the things about playing professional football. It was good to accomplish your dreams and your goals, but I didn’t have anybody to share it with. So that kind of took away the luster, even though it was a great time.”