Last year it was All-Star honors. This year? The Grey Cup title.
After six years in the professional ranks, former Vandal Chris Edwards reached the pinnacle of Canadian Football League glory Sunday night. The defensive back notched two tackles and a sack to help propel the underdog Toronto Argonauts to a thrilling 24-23 victory over the defending champion Winnipeg Blue Bombers in the 109th rendition of the Grey Cup at Mosaic Stadium.
“I’m at a loss for words right now, I’m just so proud of me and my brothers for working so hard,” Edwards said during a on-field interview following the game. “Everybody doubted us and we did it.”
After falling behind 10-7 at the half, Edwards fueled the Argonauts with a pivotal sack at the start of the third quarter to help swing the momentum back in his squad’s favor.
“We had it in our mind to create turnovers, get the ball and help the offense,” Edwards said. “We came out in the second half and turned up. We wanted it the most, so we got it.”
A television audience averaging 3.12 million viewers watched as Toronto was forced to turn to backup quarterback Chad Kelly midway through the fourth quarter following a thumb injury to starter McLeod Bethel-Thompson. Kelly engineered the go-ahead drive and Robbie White blocked the potential game-winning field goal in the final minute to seal the victory.
“It’s been amazing, we’ve been sticking together and working hard all year,” Edwards said. “But not only the defense, [also] offense and special teams. It all came together on the biggest stage today.”
Edwards ends the 2022 season with 36 tackles, two interceptions, a forced fumble, a pair of defensive touchdowns, and the most important thing of all—a championship ring.
“I don’t even know what to say or feel right now,” Edwards said as he soaked up the victory. “I’m just so blessed and feel amazing.”