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We're all-in on the Gus Edwards comeback


Published: 10/27/22
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Every week, Gaming Society picks one inspirational athlete to bet $10 on. This week, we're ALL IN on Gus Edwards, the Ravens running back who escaped Civil War in Liberia as a child, earned a massive paycheck as an undrafted free agent, and overcame a torn ACL to get back on the field to compete.

Last Sunday was Edwards' return to football, and he picked up right where he left off with 16 rush attempts for 66 yards and two touchdowns. We're betting that he can do it all again, but first, we want to tell you more about Gus Edwards the person.

1. Gus Edwards fled the Liberian Civil War as a child.

Edwards spent the first five years of his life in Liberia before fleeing the violence of the country's second Civil War, which resulted in the death of around 250,000 people over 12 years. He spent about two years in a Ghana refugee camp before being able to join his dad and sister in the US to start a new life.

His feature story with the Ravens is everything — a must-read.

"When I found football, I found a purpose," Edwards said.

2. Edwards was an undrafted free agent who's made the most of every opportunity.

Last offseason, Edwards signed a two-year, $10 million deal to stay with the Ravens to become one of the best-paid backups in the league. The first call after he signed his contract? To his dad, Sackie, who in return sent a picture of what their house looked like in Liberia.

3. He's not just a running back — he's a recording artist!

Gus Edwards? Oh, you mean the artist known as Gusto? That guy! Gus Bus started recording music in 2020 during the COVID-19 pandemic and has been dropping singles since. You can find his music here.

4. He's really damn good at football!

Since 2018...

  • Edwards has averaged a stunning 5.16 yards per carry, good for second-best among NFL running backs in that time. The only RB ahead of him on the list? Superstar Nick Chubb.

  • Edwards has been stuffed on just 4% of rush attempts — the lowest rate among any running back in that span.

  • He's had 17 rush attempts go for 20 or more yards. That's just one fewer than Alvin Kamara and more than other notable studs like Austin Ekeler, Josh Jacobs, David Montgomery and Christian McCaffrey have in the same span.

5. The bet: Gus Edwards to score a touchdown against the Buccaneers on Thursday Night Football +150 (Bet $10 to win $15)

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