Super Bowl champion Mike Edwards is returning home to throw out the first pitch at Great American Ballpark this afternoon.
After earning a championship ring by helping the Tampa Bay Buccaneers defeat the Kansas City Chiefs in Super Bowl LIV, the Cincinnati Reds have invited former Kentucky safety Mike Edwards back home to throw out the first pitch prior to the team’s game against the Pittsburgh Pirates this afternoon. First pitch is scheduled for 12:35 p.m. ET.
And when he gets there, he’s demanding the MLB to reinstate Reds standout Nick Castellanos, who was suspended two games and fined Monday for his role in an on-field brawl that took place during opening weekend.
Nick Castellanos better be playing by Wednesday when I get there
— Mike Edwards (@M__Edwards7) April 5, 2021
Castellanos is currently appealing the penalty and will not serve the suspension while the appeal is pending. The MLB suspended the Reds outfielder for his “aggressive actions and for instigating a benches-clearing incident.”
As for Edwards, the former Wildcat has managed 56 total tackles, 11 pass deflections, two interceptions and one sack in two seasons with the Buccaneers.
During his time at Kentucky, Edwards never missed a game in his four-year career, playing in 51 games with 44 consecutive starts. In that span, the former Wildcat totaled 318 career tackles to become just the 19th player in school history with 300 or more tackles. He also ranks second in UK history in tackles among defensive backs, behind only Darryl Bishop (348 from 1971-73). Edwards was a three-time All-SEC member in 2016, 2017 and 2018.
The former Wildcat was drafted No. 99 overall in the third round by the Buccaneers in 2019.