John EdmondsThis next hall of famer got his start right here in Maryville. John Edmonds came to Northwest as a walk-on and developed into a two-time All-MIAA performer, helping to maintain the Bearcat football program as one of the nation’s elite. During his five years in the program, the Bearcats would capture 4 conference titles and a National Championship. Edmonds helped set the standard for the Bearcats both on the field and in the classroom. On the gridiron, Edmonds made a habit of disrupting the opponent’s offense by playing on their side of the ball, twice leading the Bearcats in tackles for loss during a season and leading the team in tackles in 2003.
To say that Edmonds made a positive impact off the field would be an understatement. He was named to the MIAA Commissioner’s Honor Roll three times in his career. He also racked up the awards on the regional and national level. He earned a spot on the Academic All-District team as well as being selected as a National College Football Scholar Athlete in 2003. This selection made him a finalist for the William V. Campbell Trophy (known as the Draddy Award at that time) which is referred to by many as the “Academic Heisman”. He was one of only two athletes in Division II to be up for this honor and the only Bearcat in program history to reach this achievement.
John is currently living in Prairie Village, Kansas.