The dreaded Coronavirus has claimed one more victim even as countries all over the world are fighting valiantly to stop its destructive spread. David Edwards, the former Texas A&M guard, has died from complications arising from the Coronavirus infection. His former Aggies teammate Charles Henderson shared the news with the whole social media world via Facebook on Monday night, March 23, 2020. Later an A&M official confirmed the tragic news of Davis Edwards’ death. People are in shock and want to know more about this talented basketball player who was loved and admired by both his teammates and fans. Here are a few details from David Edwards’ wiki.
A Buddy Grieves Quietly
Henderson wrote about Edwards
“Never in a million years would I have even imagined my backcourt teammate would go before his time. I just got the news that Dave Edwards passed away. For those that have been praying for him, he is now in a better place.”
Tulsa head coach Frank Haith, an assistant at A&M from 1992-1995, a time when Edwards played, tweeted on Tuesday, March 24, 2020, that Edwards died in his native New York City. Edwards had played at A&M from 1991-1994, during which time he averaged 13.5 points, 7.1 assists and 2.7 steals in the 85 games he played. He set the school’s single-season record when he led the Southwest Conference with 265 assists.
A Record-Setting Player
Edwards made it to the All-Southwest Conference team three times and is also one of only six players in NCAA Division I men’s basketball history to record a triple-double in back-to-back games. Despite being super successful at A&M Edwards could play in the NCAA tournament only in 1989-1990 when he reached the second round as a member of the Hoyas. Not bad for a talented hoopster who began his college basketball career at Georgetown before transferring to Texas A&M for three outstanding seasons.
Family & Friends Are Inconsolable
Edwards left behind a grieving wife and kids who were very close to him. While he was very popular and busy with his career and spent a lot of time with his friends and fans he made sure that he spent quality time with his family. His unexpected death has left his family completely devastated. Henderson spoke for many when he wrote
“This coronavirus has hit me in the heart. We need to find a vaccine. Dave was one of the fiercest competitors and best point guards that I’ve ever met. Nearly unstoppable. Learned how to become tough as nails competing against him every day and shaking off adversity. Will also remember the 4 years we were together after you transferred from Georgetown to Texas A&M. RIP Dave Boogie!!!! Pray for his wife and kids!!”
Basketball is Poorer Now
His death was reported in newspapers and magazines all over the state of Texas including the Dallas Morning News. The sad part is that Edwards is not the only basketball player to die of the horrific Coronavirus. Former St. John’s basketball player Lee Green also died from complications of Coronavirus on Monday night, March 23, 2020, which his former teammate Lamont Middleton relayed to The New York Post.
Listening Will Save Lives
The tragedy of the Coronavirus is that people have no idea when and where they are going to get infected by the disease. While it is mostly taking the lives of elder people most of the time as their immunities are weaker, the present strain is killing younger and healthy people as well. The only real protection is to listen to government health authorities and follow their instructions. It’s too late for David Edwards but his memory and feats will live on and continue to inspire others.