Edwards played for the Braves/Redskins for nine seasons, winning All-NFL honors from major media outlets every year of his career except his last one.
Unfortunately, his career was cut short due to an injury that did not even occur in a game. Edwards was injured at a coin-tossing ceremony prior to a game against the New York Giants in 1940. After calling the coin toss and shaking hands with former teammate Mel Hein (the Giants' captain), Edwards attempted to pivot around to head back to his sideline. However, his cleats caught in the grass and his oft-injured knee gave way, ending his season and ultimately his career.
Edwards continued with the Redskins as an assistant coach from 1941 to 1945 and then as the head coach from 1946 to 1948. Then after 17 straight seasons with the Redskins, Edwards retired from professional football.