Edmunds: 'I hate to lose'

A Closer Look: Terrell Edmunds

Position: Safety
Experience: Rookie
College: Virginia Tech
Twitter Handle: @rell_island6

Who is your football mentor or inspiration?
I would say my inspiration is my dad (Ferrell Edmunds), my mentor is my mom (Felecia Edmunds). My mom, she stays on our back about everything. My dad he showed us the way. I thank both of them for that.

What motivates you?
Honestly, I hate to lose. That is my mentality. I hate to lose in anything. I go out there each and every day telling myself I can't lose. Not in a conceited or cocky way, just having that mentality that I can't lose even in any reps.

What has been the biggest challenge you've had to overcome?
I tore my labrum last August. I played most of my last season, my junior season through that. Having surgery and going out there and becoming a better leader. I am used to being the guy out on the field leading by example. I had to get used to leading by talking to them on the sideline, and encouraging them, and showing them everything is going to be okay on the field and having the guys take over like they did. I grew as a person after that.

How did you overcome the mental challenge of it?
Having the guys around me supporting me. It's a brotherhood. Similar to how the Steelers are, the guys at Virginia Tech supported me that way. The guys all came and showed me love after my surgery. I knew I couldn't let my teammates down. I had to think of them as a whole.

What scares you?
Nothing scares me. I don't get scared. I am not that type.

When did you start to dream about playing in the NFL?
I always dreamt about it. My brothers and I always talked about it. My dad played in the NFL. It was always that dream. We played basketball too. It was always something we wanted to do.

What is your proudest football moment or memory?
Two years ago we played Arkansas and they were beating us 24-0 at halftime. They were beating us bad. We came back out and played team ball and scored 35 unanswered points. We got the victory, and it was a team victory.

When you hear Steelers football, what do you think?
Winning. As soon as I got the call from the Steelers, I told my brother we are going to the Super Bowl, that we are going to win, that we are getting No. 7. That is my mindset. That should be everyone's mindset. It's hard, tough football here and I want to help the best way I can.

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