Hawaii Warriors defensive back Mike Edwards has become the latest underclassmen to declare for the 2013 NFL Draft.
Edwards is expected to be a late-round pick, but he makes the move in hopes of supporting his family — which includes his two children.
“It was a tough decision, one of the toughest decisions I’ve had to make in my life,” Edwards said. “God was with me throughout the whole situation. I met with my family, Coach (Ted) Ginn (Sr.), Coach (Norm) Chow and those closest to me to help me come to this decision. It came down to what God wanted me to do and what my family needed me to do.
“It’s always been a dream of mine to play in the NFL. It’s a blessing to get this chance and now I have an opportunity to make a name for myself. I’ll always be grateful for my time at UH and I’ll never forget my experience there.”
Head coach Norm Chow wished Edwards well in his jump to the next level.
“I’m real happy for Mike and we’ll miss him,” Chow said. “I’ve always said one of our goals is to get our players in the NFL and also to make sure they graduate and Mike has promised me he’ll get his degree. We support him and wish him well and hope he has a long and productive career in the NFL.”
Edward brings a dual-threat ability as a defensive back and return man.