Updated: June 26, 2020 02:45 PM
Created: June 24, 2020 10:11 PM
(WHEC) — Like countless leagues across the country, the NFL just went through a very strange three months. A virtual draft, closed facilities and entire offseason programs through zoom, there was really no rest when the league was on pause. That mentality to constantly keep working has continued with a former Section V star who earned his chance in pro football.
Currently, the NFL is on a summer break, but there's no time off for Earnest Edwards. The undrafted rookie for the L.A. Rams gets a reminder to work harder every time he scrolls through his phone.
"I look on Instagram all the time and see players like Antonio Brown, even though he's not on a team he's working like he'll have a pro day,” Edwards said. “The internet helps a little bit, every time I see someone work out I feel like that has to be me."
The Aquinas grad just finished his first virtual offseason with the Rams. While he wasn't able to be with his new teammates and coaches in person, Edwards says that the personality of Rams head coach Sean McVay was able to shine through his computer screen.
"He's definitely an energetic guy,” Edwards said, “but I learned through zoom that he loves the game of football, that's his passion. He's so smart that he could tell you every aspect of the game, you can ask him a question about five years ago during week three and he'll tell you the exact play."
An exuberant head coach won't be the only feature about Los Angeles to keep an eye on. The Rams are scheduled to be on HBO's “Hard Knocks” this year, it's a program that Edwards wants to be a part of.
"Knowing me, I'm just going to work my hardest and be next to the camera and get seen and catch some eyes."
Getting noticed didn't always come easy for Edwards, prior to having eye-popping stats in college, he was under-recruited during a state championship run for Aquinas. On this day he proudly wears a shirt designed by his cousin that brags about his hometown... “Rochester or Nothing”.
"I feel like I'm trying to put the city on my back, I feel like people in Rochester don't have as much exposure as down south kids, I'm trying to go to LA, show out, put the city on the map, have people know our names and hopefully it helps the younger generation have colleges come to the city," Edwards said.
And if Edwards makes a splash in the NFL more kids will absolutely get a chance.
Edwards will report to Rams training camp in about a month. He's going to have to fight to prove that he's worthy of staying on the team, currently, he's one of 11 wide receivers on the roster... but growing up in Rochester, he's used to proving himself.
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