Originally created 11/21/02

Fans of Edwards show support with billboard



Ted Kohn considered buying a newspaper advertisement in Atlanta or Athens, but the price was too high.

Then, while driving to Georgia's Nov. 9 game against Mississippi, Kohn came up with the perfect way to show that plenty of fans support Terrence Edwards.

With the help of donations from about 30 other Bulldogs fans, Kohn thanked Edwards on a billboard near Edwards' home in Tennille, Ga.

"Thanks Terrence For 4 Great Years," the billboard reads. "The No. 1 WR in UGA History - The Fans."

Kohn, who attended Georgia from 1983-87 and lives in Tybee Island, Ga., said he was sick of hearing fans criticize Edwards for a few dropped balls.

"It's very embarrassing to me, because those people get heard more than the people that support the players," said Kohn, 38. "I'm tired of those people giving Georgia a bad name."

Edwards, a senior split end who played at Washington County, endured plenty of criticism after dropping a potential touchdown pass late in the No. 6 Bulldogs' 20-13 upset loss to Florida on Nov. 2.

Edwards missed last week's 24-21 win over Auburn with a separated shoulder. He is expected to miss next week's season-finale against Georgia Tech and the Southeastern Conference title game on Dec. 7.

"I thought his mom and dad could see it every time they went to the bank, Wal-Mart, the post office or wherever," Kohn said.

The billboard was unveiled last Friday. Edwards said he saw it on the Internet earlier this week.

"I think the bad has brought out all the good the past few weeks," Edwards said. "A couple of people have been negative, but most have been really appreciative."

Kohn said he began to receive money after soliciting donations on fan message boards.

"I'm still getting money in," he said. "It cost $650 to put it up, but I've got about $800 in my hand - including my contribution. I'll probably donate the rest to the university."

News of the billboard has spread rapidly during the past few days. Kohn has done interviews with an Atlanta radio station and several newspapers across the state, and the story was featured nationally Wednesday morning on Fox Sports Radio.

"This is crazy," he said. "I can't believe it's getting this much attention."

Reach Larry Williams at (706) 823-3645 or larry.williams@augustachronicle.com