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Mississippi Native Mario Edwards Glad to Be in the Black & Gold

Mario Edwards is ecstatic to be back in the region he called home as a child.

The defensive end signed with the New Orleans Saints on March 15 after spending his first three seasons with the Oakland Raiders and New York Giants.

Edwards is a native of Gautier, Mississippi, which is roughly 100 miles from New Orleans.

Edwards’ father is Florida State’s player development coach and played for the Dallas Cowboys, Miami Dolphins and Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Edwards rooted for the Cowboys as a kid. However, he’s happy to be in the black and gold now.

“But this is a business and I love the Saints and it was close to home so I loved it,” Edwards said to The Advocate.

The 6-foot-3, 25-year-old Edwards amassed 14 tackles, two sacks and three tackles for loss with the Giants last season.

Edwards wants Who Dat Nation to know the kind of player and person they’re getting.

“Just someone who is going to work hard and versatility and someone who is going to get after that passer and give 110 percent every time,” Edwards said to The Advocate. “I’m excited to be here and anything I can do to contribute.”

Edwards credits his father for being a steadying influence in the free agency process.

“It’s always a little weird not knowing what the next step is for you,” Edwards said to The Advocate. “But just having faith and my dad having been in the process before giving me the blueprint and guidelines on how things go. He told me not to get too high with the highs or too low with the lows and just stay even Steven. That was my mindset.”

Edwards is thankful to have a father who can relate to his current experiences.

“It comes with the territory,” Edwards said. “Having a dad who has done it set the blueprint for me. He let me know early that If anything happens and you drop the ball, nobody will feel sorry for you because you had the blueprint in front of you and that was your choice. He was tough on me from the start.”

Edwards is confident this is the start of a successful relationship in New Orleans.

“This was the best fit for me,” Edwards said to The Advocate.