Each week during the college football season we will feature a player who is an officer for an Uplifting Athletes Chapter for our Beyond the Trophy series.
Name: P.J. Edwards
College: Stony Brook University
Height, weight, class, position: 6-6, 250-pound senior tight end
High School: Northwest Catholic, West Hartford Connecticut
About Edwards: On the field has played in 23 games for the Seawolves the three seasons including a couple starts. He has two career catches. … Is the President of the Stony Book Chapter and organized the 2017 SBU Chapter Lift For Life that set a fundraising record for the chapter. … Was a 2017 CAA Football Academic All-Conference. … Edwards was an all-conference and all-academic four-year letterwinner in high school. He also played basketball.
What is your most memorable experience as a college football player?
Edwards: Growing up my family had season tickets to UConn football home games. My redshirt freshman year, we played at UConn. I remember running out of the tunnel and seeing all of my friends and family in the stands. It was a cool moment to be able to play at the place where I had always watched from the stands.
What drove you to get involved with Uplifting Athletes, and what, if anything, has this experience done for you?
Edwards: As a college athlete a lot of attention is given to you, you can choose to do with that attention. I thought that it would be best to use that attention to make a difference. Anyone can be born with a rare disease, and immediately it changes their life. They didn’t ask for the disease, it just happened. This experience has opened my eyes to a number of things. This experience has taught me that I can make a difference. It has also opened my eyes to the number of people who are willing to help when given an opportunity. When we held our event in the spring, I was amazed at the number of guys who came to meetings or came up to me asking how they could help.
As a player, what is your favorite part of the game day experience at your home stadium?
Edwards: Every home game there is a chunk of free time while everyone is getting taped and getting their pads ready, all of the tight ends grab chairs and sit in the endzone and look out at the field and the surrounding listening to the music play. Not many words are exchanged, we are getting in the zone and focusing on the game.
If you could have lunch with any one person (dead or alive), who would you choose and why?
Edwards: Mark Cuban. I would love to hear him talk about the obstacles he overcame in his business career. I also am a fan of his on Shark Tank.
What is your favorite road stadium to play in and why?
Edwards: My favorite road stadium to play at is James Madison, going down there you know you are going to get great competition and they have some of the best facilities at the FCS level. Their fans are passionate and relentless.
In your words, what are some of the things you are looking for in life after football or big goals for the future?
Edwards: I am currently pursuing my MBA in Finance and afterwards, I hope to work on Wall Street as an investment banker. I have always had an interest in the markets and a love for the city.
RAPID FIRE with P.J. Edwards
What is your perfect pizza? Cold Pizza (weird I know)
Last three songs you added to your playlist? I primarily listen to podcasts like Pardon My Take and KFC Radio.
Taylor Swift or Miley Cyrus? Taylor Swift 100 percent
If you could spend the day with any celebrity, who would it be? Johnny Manziel
What was the last movie you went to the theater and saw? Dunkirk
In the mountains or on a beach? Beach
What’s the last picture you took with your phone? Pictures with the guys at Media Day