, born April 4th 1947, spent his years growing up in Southern California's golden sunlight, finding his way in the world as he explored his passion for both art and sports. Over the years, he has distinguished himself in both fields.
Football was his sport - a means of expressing himself through quick thinking, and animalistic instincts. This raw expression was counterbalanced by his love of the arts. He attended the University of California at Berkeley, where he studied environmental design and art, in between practice and games playing for the Bears. He ended his collegiate career with a degree in landscape architecture and was an All-American defensive lineman. These experiences paved the way for the journey to come.
In 1969 Ed was the first pick for the Minnesota Vikings and played nine seasons as an All-Pro offensive guard. During his years with the Vikings, he played in four Super Bowls. In 1978 he was traded to the San Diego Chargers where he continued as a Pro-Bowl player for eight more seasons. He retired as a player in 1986, but did not retire from football. He coached for the Chargers, the Rams, Cal State, and San Diego State.
Ed's awards in football include: Consensus All-American, College Football Hall of Fame, University of California Hall of Fame, Breitbart Hall of Fame, East-West Shrine Game Hall of Fame, and San Diego Chargers Hall of Fame. Ed played in 241 games over his seventeen year football career, which was a record for an offensive lineman. He played in both the NFC and AFC Pro-Bowls, being honored as an All-Pro four times.
Since retiring from coaching in 2004, Ed has devoted his life to his art. Throughout the years he has been commissioned to do many bronze sculptures, which include the following: John Madden’s All-Pro Team, San Diego Chargers Hall of Fame, San Diego State Hall of Fame, University of San Diego Hall of Fame, San Diego Entertainer of the Year, Hall of Champions Ernie Wright Award, “On the Line” Nike Award, as well as many bronze pieces held in private collections.
Ed is now concentrating on his painting, which derives its inspiration from his life’s experiences. His Grid Iron Warriors collection captures his inside views of the game of football, while his Harbor Collection has been inspired by his time spent by the waterfront as an avid sailor. His love of nature is seen in many works, and his playful energy comes out in his abstract works, as well as many others. His preferred mediums of oil, pen & inks, sculpture, and acrylics, are used to portray his love of all life has to offer.
Ed is the executive director of the non-profit foundation Oak Lake Art Center, to which a percentage of the profits from Ed's art goes, supporting these young people as they tap into their artistic side.