The Life And Career Of NFL Legend Clyde Edwards Helaire So Far
Clyde Edwards-Helaire currently plays as Running Back for the Kansas City Chiefs.
Edwards-Helaire was part of the Chiefs team that made it to last year’s Super Bowl and Edwards-Helaire has been open about the fact that he believes his team has the possibility to be the greatest team of all time.
Edwards-Helaire is a very charismatic man and sports commentators often turn to him for his opinion, despite his age. Most recently Edwards-Helaire has been singing the praises of Ja’Marr Chase (Bengals Wide Receiver) who he thinks will go down as the greatest ever Wide Receiver.
The Chiefs went into this season as favorites to win the Super Bowl but were knocked out in the AFC championship final. Will we be seeing more of them next year? Find odds on that and more NFL betting odds here.
Today, we are going to be looking at Clyde Edwards-Helaire’s career and life so far.
The College Years
In high school, Edwards-Helaire played under coach Dale Weiner for Catholic High School in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. He was the first player of Dale Weiners’ to play varsity football as a freshman.
In his senior year of high school, Edwards-Helaire rushed 58 times for 496 yards and 10 touchdowns. He and the team made it to the 5A State Championship Game. At that game, he was named MVP after catching 8 passes for 161 yards and rushing for 88 yards and a touchdown.
His team ended up winning that match 31-28.
This led to him being rated as a 4-star recruit. He was approached by many colleges but committed to Louisiana State.
Edwards-Helaire also competed in varsity track and field during his time at high school.
In his first year with the LSU Tigers, Edwards-Helaire was used pretty much exclusively on special teams. However, he did play in all 13 games that season. That year he rushed 9 times for 31 yards.
He much improved in his sophomore year with 658 rushing yards and seven touchdowns with 11 receptions for 96 yards. He also returned 17 kicks for 416 yards. He recorded his first 100-yard game this season.
In his junior year, he was named as the starting Running Back for the Tigers. That season he finished with 1,414 rushing yards – the third most of any student in the history of LSU. He also racked up 16 touchdowns on 215 carries, 453 receiving yards, and a touchdown on 55 receptions. He also returned 16 kicks for 214 yards.
He also helped the Tigers to a victory at the 2020 National Championship Game. By rushing 16 times for 110 yards and catching five passes for 54 yards.
Edwards-Helaire announced that he would be forgoing his Senior Year to enter the 2020 Draft.
The NFL Years (So Far)
Clyde Edwards-Helaire has played in the NFL for the last two seasons.
In the 2020 Draft, Edwards-Helaire was the first pick for the Super Bowl champions at the time, the Kansas City Chiefs. He was the 32nd pick in the draft overall.
The Chiefs were in need of a Running Back so Edwards-Helaire was given his first start during the first week of the 2020-21 season.
In that season, Edwards-Helaire recorded 181 carries for 803 rushing yards and four rushing touchdowns. As well as, 36 receptions for 297 receiving yards and one receiving touchdown. He injured himself in Week 15 and had to miss the final 2 matches of the season.
He recovered in time to play in the AFC Championship against the Buffalo Bills – where he rushed 6 times for 7 yards and a touchdown. He also played in the Super Bowl, but the team ended up losing 9-31 to the underdogs Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
The Chiefs went into the 2021-22 season as favorites to win the Super Bowl. He finished the regular season with 517 rushing yards and 4 rushing touchdowns. He also racked up 19 receptions for 129 receiving yards and 2 receiving touchdowns. He missed 7 games this season due to injury.
He did not join the Chiefs for the postseason games, where they were beaten in the AFC final (which they made it to for 3rd year in a row).
Outside The NFL
Edwards-Helaires changed his name at the age of 14. He kept the “Edwards” which refers to his biological father. However, he wanted to honor his step-father too, so he had Helaire added to his name as well.