We see the stories every year. A player signs a big contract and buys his parents a house. That’s exactly what Baltimore Ravens running back Gus Edwards did recently after he signed a two-year contract extension worth $10 million.
But what makes his situation any different? Well for starters, Edwards was born in Liberia in the midst of a civil war. The Edwards family fled their native country in the hope of a better life in the United States. Their journey landed them in Staten Island, New York, specifically Park Hills, which is known for its rugged environment. Packing the seven members family into a two-bedroom unit was a difficult experience.
Now, Edwards is able to make sure his parents, Mamie and Sackie have their own house with plenty of space.
“Always been a dream of mine to buy my parents a house. I can finally say I did it! Thank you Ravens,” Edwards posted on Instagram.
The path to the NFL was far from an easy one for Edwards. He played football at Tottenville High School in Staten Island. He played college football at the University of Miami and at Rutgers. After originally signing with the Ravens in 2018 as an undrafted free agent in 2018, Edwards clawed his way onto the Ravens 53-man roster. Initially, his role was as a special teams player.
Eventually, he settled into a role as one of the running backs in the rotation because of his physical running style. Edwards signed his contract extension after picking up a career-high 723 rushing yards on 144 carries. He called his father to let him know that he was signing the lofty contract extension.
Ironically, his father was back in Liberia when he fielded the call.
Their family still has ties to Liberia but they won’t have to be subject to the same living conditions thanks to what Edwards has been able to accomplish in the National Football League.