Now, Edmonds – a seventh-grader at Sutton Middle School — will be following in his brother’s footsteps after being selected to participate in the annual contest that features the nation’s top seventh- and eighth-grade football players, Sunday, at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas.
Edmonds will play for the East team in the seventh-grade game and is among the 47 participants in that contest.
The event is being held by Wharton, N.J.-based Football University in conjunction with the U.S. Army All-American Bowl, which includes the nation’s best high school players and takes place Saturday in San Antonio.
It will be the third year in a row the Edmonds family will be represented in the game after Nygel – now a freshman wide receiver/defensive back at Westminster – participated as a seventh-grader in 2010 and again as an eighth-grader last year.
“I think it was a big opportunity to see my brother play in the All-American Bowl and now, I have an opportunity to play in the All-American Bowl,” Nolan Edmonds said. “I think it’s a good opportunity to play in this game.”
It will be another gratifying moment for Nolan’s father, James Edmonds, as he watches another son take his place among the best football players in the nation in his age group.
“I’m extremely proud,” James Edmonds said. “They’re good kids – good, humble kids. They work hard at it and they’ve been very successful. It will be very exciting for me to see Nolan play in this game.”
Nolan’s older brother is looking forward to seeing his younger sibling get his time in the spotlight.
“Having played in the game, I’m very, very excited for him,” Nygel Edmonds said. “Nolan has watched me play in the game the last couple of years, waiting for his chance to go. Now, this is his time. He’s been working hard, preparing for it the last couple of months, and now he’s ready.”
A running back and defensive back who recently completed his first year with the Sutton football team, Nolan Edmonds has made a big impact on the gridiron since taking up the game as a 6-year-old in 2006.
Edmonds has rushed for 15,100 yards and 226 touchdowns and has been selected team most valuable player every season in his seven years of play with a recreational league team in Acworth and the Mount Paran Christian sixth-grade team as well as with Sutton.
He rushed for 2,800 yards and 52 touchdowns with Mount Paran Christian in 2011 and 2,300 yards and 40 touchdowns with the Acworth recreational league squad in ’10.
Edmonds is also an accomplished track and field athlete in the 100- and 200-meter dashes and the long jump as a three-time AAU national Junior Olympian.
It will be a busy week leading up to the game in San Antonio for Edmonds, with an agenda that includes practices, a skills competition and an opportunity to meet a number of former NFL stars who will be on hand.
He and his teammates will also have VIP access to the U.S. Army All-American Bowl and will be honored at halftime of that contest.
Nygel Edmonds said he has talking to his brother about what to expect.
“Basically, I told him to go up there and be yourself,” he said. “Go out there and play 110 percent and that will bring out success.”
As for Nolan, he said he is looking forward to the whole experience.
“I’ll have a chance to meet different kids from all across the country and get a chance to play against some of the best players in the nation in my age group, so it will be a good experience,” he said.