CLASS OF '81
YEAR OF INDUCTION: 2014
Sometimes it's the quiet ones that speak the loudest.
In the case of Kenneth Edwards, "Bo" knew how to be effective as a three-sport standout, leading by example during his days at Steinert High School.
During his days as a Spartan, he could quietly "read" what was going on with his teammates.
"As far as 'Bo' is concerned, he was and is a very respectful, polite and quiet individual," said former Steinert High coach Steve Simek. "He was a great athlete at Steinert H.S. excelling in football, basketball and track. 'Bo' was a quiet leader and a fierce competitor who gave everything he had on the playing field. He always worked and played hard to make himself and his teammates better. Although he was a quiet person, his teammates knew that if he spoke up it was something that needed to be said and they needed to pick up their game."
"Bo" Edwards provided many special moments as a Spartan.
"A special memory for me was in my first year as head football coach, 'Bo' picked up a fumble with under two minutes left in the game against Notre Dame and scored the winning touchdown giving me my first win as a head coach," Simek said.
"Bo was respected by the athletic coaches at Steinert H.S. for his competitiveness, dedication, and leadership, exemplified by his selection as the 'Spartan of the Year' his senior year. “Bo was a great athlete and an even better person."
Bo loved each sport in its season but admits that his winter activity was at the top of his list.
"Basketball was my favorite sport," Edwards said. "I guess you could describe me as a shooting guard.
"In track, I was on the mile relay and I ran the 220.
"In football, I was a free safety, running back, corner back."
He gave as many fond memories as he received. The shared memories are some of the best.
"For football – when we were playing Notre Dame and I a picked a fumble up for a touchdown. That gave Coach Simek his first varsity football win. Plus it was at night and that was something special because it was my first night game."
One of many contests with Steinert’s rival from the West side of the township provided a good memory for Edwards.
"We played Hamilton High West in basketball and I remember that that was a really good game," he said.
There were many highlights in track but a trip to Philadelphia for competition with international flavor is a treasured memory for Edwards.
"Going to the Penn Relays. Running in the Penn Relays, that was really great. It took me over the top," he remembered.
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