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Career in the pages of a new book

For 17 years, Edwards wore the Danbury High colors as the head football coach on Clapboard Ridge. He made a career of teaching values and victory on the same pinstriped field. Edwards led the Hatters to two Fairfield County Interscholastic Athletic Conference (FCIAC) championships and compiled a career record of 90 60 3. But he also planted seeds of success in and , who built notable careers in law enforcement. Edwards also touched George Radachowsky and , who earned football scholarships to and Notre Dame, respectively. In fact, Radachowsky made it all the way to the NFL to play for the New York Jets. Every year, Eugene "Gus" Edwards built futures one down at a time. Paul Baker, the voice of WLAD 800 AM for so many years, broadcast countless Danbury High games with his longtime radio partner, Abe Najamy. But the moment those stories evaporated over the airwaves, they were gone. That always bothered Baker. In fact, it gnawed at him for a generation. Last summer, Baker decided to do something about it. First, he picked up the phone and pitched a book deal to Edwards. Then, he picked up a pen and started taking notes. A lot of notes. The result is a brand new paperback called "The Gus Edwards Story: From Cradle to Coach Colonel." The 88 page effort chronicles Edwards from his days as a boy playing marbles and kick the can in Georgetown, to serving in the , to serving as a high school guidance counselor. The book sells for $20 and is available locally (see box). Proceeds will benefit the Gus Edwards Scholarship Benevolent Foundation. Baker figures he should've written the book 10 or 15 years ago. But now that it's published, none of that matters anymore. The story is out at last. "Nobody, nobody, has made more of an impression on me than Gus Edwards," Baker said, shaking his finger for emphasis. "Gus is an incredible person. "Gus has helped so many people and so many players and so many kids in Danbury, I had to write this book," Baker added. "His story is too important not to be put on paper." Edwards used football to teach and reach so many great Danbury players, from and , to Kevin Burns and Pete Radlet, to , Bob Hinckley and too many others to list here. Every last one of them is a tribute to Edwards, the football coach coach outlet who wore a headset exactly once for about five minutes before he yanked it off his head. Edwards was old school, after all. During summer workouts, Edwards shaped the boys in his gridiron foundry under the sun. As a result, the Hatters were usually among the best conditioned and the best prepared teams in the FCIAC. "I was always a very active coach," Edwards grinned. "I was right in it. I was in the huddle. I was in the drills. I was everywhere."
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