Decades later, Edwards gives scouting report on Fox

October, 1, 2008
10/01/08
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Posted by ESPN.com's Pat Yasinskas

A lot of people don't know (or they've forgotten with time) that Carolina coach John Fox was a pretty decent college player. Fox was a defensive back for San Diego State.

He played alongside Kansas City coach Herm Edwards, who went on to play in the NFL. As the two former teammates prepare to play each other Sunday, Edwards provided a scouting report on Fox during his conference call with the Charlotte media.

"He was a good player," Edwards said. "He was tough. You knew he was going to be a coach. You knew that. He always knew what was going on with the linebackers and the front. He's a tough guy. He broke that facemask a bunch tackling guys. He was a tough football player, it was fun playing with him. We've been friends for a long time."

But that long friendship didn't stop Edwards from having a little fun with Fox and saying speed was the reason the Carolina coach didn't play professionally.

"He was probably about a 4.7 guy," Edwards said. "He ran OK. He was a little bit slimmer then than he is right now. He's a fullback right now. I'm going to get on him about that, too."

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