, Newburyport, MA


June 27, 2013

One last experience on the gridiron

Edwards to play in Agganis Football Classic


“It’s amazing,” said Edwards. “Just for being recognized for something that you did, and people knowing that you could have been better than just those three games is just awesome.”

Currently looking at playing football for either Tilton Academy or Hebron Academy in the fall, Edwards says that he is 100 percent recovered and will be playing safety at the Agganis Games.

“It’s great that people think I’m good enough to be playing with the rest of these kids,” said Edwards, who also played safety on the defensive side for the Royals. “They’ve been playing in the Shiners Game, at St. John’s Prep, and going down there (for practice) I was kind of intimidated at first. But, in the past few practices, I’ve been getting into the rhythm of it.”

Edwards’ father, James, who once saw his son’s athletic career flash before his eyes, is also enjoying the comeback.

“We are so pleased that Niko was selected to participate in this exciting game,” said the elder Edwards. “Niko suffered an injury to his knee and had to sit out the rest of the season. This was rough for him, and playing in the Agganis is an opportunity to get into his game again and enjoy himself.”

Ready, rested and raring to go, Edwards also thanked his Royals football coach, Paul Sobolewski, who recommended him for the Agganis Games.

“He always told me I could lead a team,” Edward said of Sobolewski. “And he always stood by me.”

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