Tyson Edwards (born 6 August 1976) is a former Australian rules footballer with the Adelaide Football Club in the Australian Football League (AFL). Raised in the small Mallee town of Wynarka, around 120 km from Adelaide, he is widely regarded as one of the most consistent and durable players in the game.
|Full name||Tyson Edwards|
|Date of birth||6 August 1976|
|Place of birth||Adelaide, Australia|
|Original team(s)||West Adelaide (SANFL)|
21st overall, 1994 Pre-Season Draft|
|Height||178 cm (5 ft 10 in)|
|Weight||81 kg (179 lb)|
|International team honours|
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 2010.
|Sources: AFL Tables, AustralianFootball.com|
Between the ages of 11 and 15, Edwards' mother Jan would drive him the 250 km round trip to Adelaide at least twice a week so that he could train with West Adelaide's junior teams. He is married to Mandy with three sons: Jackson, Luke, and Brodie.
Recruited from West Adelaide in the SANFL, Edwards made his AFL debut in 1995 and has since established himself as one of the AFL's most consistent and underrated midfielders. This is to such an extent that he has not won any of the AFL's major awards, or even a club best and fairest award; his greatest honour to date has been featuring in Adelaide's 1997 and 1998 premiership sides.
In 2008, he placed 4th in the Crows Club Champion voting with 137 again highlighting his consistency within the playing group.
Edwards played his 300th game for the Adelaide Crows against Essendon in Round 11, 2009. The Crows won the match 21.4 (130) – 18.6 (114), and Edwards celebrated by gathering an equal-career-best 41 possessions. Four games later, he and dual-premiership teammate Andrew McLeod played their 290th match together, setting a new VFL/AFL record in the process; they extended this record to 307 games, which, as of the end of Season 2018, remains the league record.
On 27 May 2010, Edwards announced his retirement from the AFL, effective immediately, after being dropped from the Adelaide side. Coach Neil Craig later agreed to allow Edwards a farewell game, his 321st, the next week against Fremantle in Adelaide. The decision worked wonders, with the Crows upsetting the second-placed Dockers by 23 points, with Edwards again celebrating his milestone with a best-on-ground effort featuring 32 possessions and two goals.
Edwards was an assistant coach at the Port Adelaide Football Club from seasons 2012 to 2015.
|Totals||Averages (per game)|
- "Tyson Edwards". portadelaidefc.com.au. Port Adelaide Football Club. Retrieved 23 August 2015.[permanent dead link]
- "2008 Club Champion Votes". afc.com.au. Archived from the original on 8 October 2008. Retrieved 3 October 2008. Cite uses deprecated parameter
- Tyson Edwards walks out on Crows
- Tyson Edwards' player profile at AFL Tables