Mario Edwards, Sr. joined the Florida State football program in 2012 as the director of player development and then served as senior defensive analyst for the 2018 and 2019 seasons.
In his role of director of player development, he served as a mentor to the FSU student-athletes and assisted with organizing community projects, overseeing academic development and assisting with summer camps and gameday operations.
Prior to joining the FSU staff, Edwards was an assistant coach at W.W. Samuell High School in Dallas, Texas, in 2009 and at Ryan High School in Denton, Texas, from 2010-2012.
He starred at cornerback for the Seminoles from 1995-99, capturing All-ACC honors in 1998 and 1999. He still holds the single-game school record with four interceptions against Wake Forest in 1998 and was a member of the 1999 National Championship team.
He was a sixth-round pick of the Dallas Cowboys in 2000 and played six seasons in the NFL, including 50 starts, with the Cowboys (2000-03), Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2004) and Miami Dolphins (2005). Edwards’ son, Mario Edwards, Jr., followed his father’s footsteps at Florida State, starring for the Seminoles from 2012-14 before being selected by the Oakland Raiders in the second round of the 2015 NFL Draft.
Edwards was born in Gautier, Miss., and starred at Pascagoula High School.