Games Played 321
Career 1994 - 2010
Guernsey Number 9
Date of Birth 06/08/1976
AFC Debut Number: 67 AFC Debut Game: Round 11 v Bulldogs, 1995
AFC Career Guernsey Numbers: 37 1995-6 29 games, 9 1997-2010 292 games
Tyson Edwards, originally from the Mallee town Wynarka and recruited by Adelaide from West Adelaide in the 1994 pre-season draft, stood the test of time as one of the Club’s greats. Edwards started as a small defender in the AFL but eventually worked his way into the midfield, where his skill, durability and consistency made him one of the Club’s best performers across 15 seasons.
A two-time premiership player, he somehow did not win an individual award but was always amongst the best, finishing runner-up in the Club’s best and fairest three times and in third place twice. In his last 11 seasons he missed just six games. Edwards was the fourth Crow to play 300 games, and he second to just Andrew McLeod.
Late in his career he showed he had not lost any of his skill, recording a career-high 41 possessions in 2009 against Essendon. However, his career ended in difficult circumstances in 2010. Struggling to find form in the early rounds, Edwards retired after being told his place in the team was under threat. In mid season he played his farewell game and the Crows celebrated with a home win over Fremantle in what was Edwards’ 321st appearance for the Club. He gathered 32 disposals and kicked two important goals.
It was revealed that Edwards had battled testicular cancer during his last season. He later spent time at Port Adelaide as a development and assistant coach.