Lanier Signs With New Orleans Saints
Savannah native Anthony Lanier recently signed a free agent football contract with the New Orleans Saints.
The 6-foot-6 and 285 pound defensive end spent the 2018 season on the Los Angeles Chargers practice squad after break out season with Washington in 2017, playing 339 snaps and notching five sacks, 10 quarterback hits, six pass deflections, and a pair of fumbles (one forced, another recovered). Lanier joined the Kansas City Chiefs this past off-season but was released after the 2020 NFL Draft.
The son of Anthony and Yolanda Lanier has been in the NFL since 2016 after he went undrafted out of Alabama A&M. During his time at A&M, Lanier finished his career with 79 solo tackles and 85 assists for 164 total tackles. He had 43.5 tackles for loss and 12 sacks. He was the Bulldogs’ Most Valuable Player and was named to the first team All-SWAC preseason team in 2015 and was second team All-SWAC in 2014.
Lanier, 27, played at H.V. Jenkins High School for Tim Adams where he was first-team all-region in basketball and second-team in football. He was also named second-team all-state in basketball. He also played tennis.
On September 5, the Saints placed Lanier on injured reserve.
Services Held For Roscoe Edwards
A memorial service was held for Roscoe Edwards, Jr. on August 19 at Bonaventure Funeral Home with Rev. Frank Ellis, Jr. officiating. Edwards, who many knew as Scolo, died on Aug. 10 at Candler Hospital at age 77. Interment was at Magnolia Memorial Gardens.
Before his retirement, Edwards worked with the City of Savannah Leisure Services Bureau since 1982 working at Bayview Center, Richard Street Center, Bartow Playground, May Street YMCA and taught tennis in the Bartow Community for ten years. He was employed as Park Manager at the Blackshear Basketball Complex on Wheaton Street since 1984. In addition, Edwards worked at the Hitch Village playground during the summer from 1961-66 and volunteered with the Special Olympics. He also served as Tournament Commissioner for Back In Your Face and E-93 basketball tournaments for two years at the Island Recreation Facility in Hilton Head Island, SC.
Edwards was also a educator. He taught in Chatham County School System from 1971-78 at Port Wentworth Elementary, Hubert Elementary and Middle, 38th Street, and Bartow Elementary. He also was a teacher at Jasper County Elementary School in Ridgeland, SC from 1978-79; Black Creek and Bryan County Elementary Schools in Pembroke; and served as a substitute teacher at Jenkins High School, Spencer Elementary, and Tompkins High School.
As a youth, Edwards attended Paulson and East Broad Elementary schools, Paulson Junior High School and was in the first graduating class at Sol C. Johnson High School in1961.
At SCJ, Edwards he served as the football and basketball trainer and team manager from 1958- 61. He also served as the first Editor-in-Chief of the school newspaper, “The Explorer.” He was a member of the Student Council, FTA, Dramatic Club and Guidance Club. Following high school, he attended Savannah State College (University) from 1961-65 on an athletic Grant-In-Aid as a football and basketball trainer and team manager and graduated in 1970 with a Bachelor of Science degree in elementary education. Later he served for four years in the United States Air Force (1966-70).
Throughout his career, Edwards was recognized for the work he did in the community. As a sports writer with the Savannah State student newspaper, he won the Wilton C. Scott Journalism Award in 1961 and the Freshman Journalism Award at Savannah State in 1962. Edwards was also employed by The Herald Newspaper as a sports writer. He has been honored by several organizations which include the Urban Christian Academy Church, Citizens of the Year from Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., WSOK Radio Station. He was inducted into the Beach High School Honorary Who’s Who Alumni Association and the Sol C. Johnson High School Athletic Hall of Fame in 2013. He was also a member of the Georgia Recreation and Parks Association, The National and Georgia State Games, HOOPIt-UP Basketball International, American Legion Post 500, and Sons of American Legion