Ed Hervey

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Edward Hervey
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Hervey before a Lions game in 2019.
Born: (1973-05-04) May 4, 1973 (age 47)
Houston, Texas
Career information
CFL status American
Position(s) WR
Height6 ft 2 in (188 cm)
Weight195 lb (88 kg)
College Southern California
High school Compton (Compton, California)
NFL draft 1995 / Round: 5 / Pick: 166
Drafted by Dallas Cowboys
Career history
As administrator
20072008 Edmonton Eskimos (West Coast Scout)
20092012 Edmonton Eskimos (Head scout)
20132016 Edmonton Eskimos (GM)
20172020 BC Lions (GM)
As player
1995 Dallas Cowboys
1997 Oakland Raiders*
1998 Denver Broncos*
1998 Oakland Raiders*
19992006 Edmonton Eskimos
*Inactive and/or offseason member only
Career highlights and awards
CFL All-Star 2001, 2003
CFL West All-Star 2001, 2003

Edward Hervey (born May 4, 1973) is a former professional Canadian football wide receiver and later a general manager in the Canadian Football League (CFL). He played in the CFL for the Edmonton Eskimos for eight years and also served as general manager of the Eskimos from 2013 through 2016, winning the 103rd Grey Cup to conclude the 2015 CFL season. He was later the general manager for the BC Lions from 2017 to 2020. He played college football at the University of Southern California.

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High School and College

Hervey attended Compton High School, where he played as a quarterback and wide receiver. He was selected to the All-Moore League team as a senior. In track, he helped the school win the California state 4 × 400 metres relay competition.

He moved on to Pasadena City College, where he played as a quarterback. As a freshman, he posted 12-of-28 completion for 116 yards and one touchdown, while rushing for 137 yards on 26 carries.

Hervey became a starter in 1992, registering 78-of-143 completions for 919 passing yards, 3 passing touchdowns, 791 rushing yards on 169 carries and 8 rushing touchdowns on his way to a 10-1 record. He was named the MVP of the Rose City Classic Bowl, as he ran for one touchdown and passed for another in a 28-27 win over the College of the Desert. He also received Junior College All-State and All-Mission Conference honors.

In track, he finished second in the 1992 California state community college 200 metres with 20.99 seconds and 400 metres with 46.41 seconds. As a sophomore, he recorded 20.65 seconds in the 200 metres and 46.02 seconds in the 400 metres, receiving South Coast Conference Track Male Athlete of the Year honors, after winning both events at the conference championships.

He transferred to the University of Southern California after his sophomore season and was converted into a wide receiver. He was considered the team's fastest player, with head coach John Robinson (also former coach of the Los Angeles Rams), saying Hervey was the fastest player he had seen on a football field, including ex-Ram and Olympic 4 × 400 metres relay gold medalist Ron Brown. [1]

As a junior he was named a starter, but tallied only 22 receptions for 219 yards and a 15-yard touchdown pass, after suffering a sprained left ankle that forced him to miss 2 games and would limit him the rest of the season. The next year, he suffered a right knee sprain in the season opener and would only play in 8 games (4 games missed and 5 starts), finishing his college career with 41 receptions for 482 yards and 3 touchdowns. He was a teammate of All-American wide receivers Johnnie Morton and Keyshawn Johnson.

In track as a senior, he earned All-American honors in three events at the NCAA Track and Field Championships. He finished fifth in the 200 metres with 20.53 seconds; his best was a 20.40 seconds time at the Pac-10 championships, where he was third. He also ran the second leg on both the 4 × 100 metres and 4 × 400 metres relay teams that finished fourth and fifth respectively.

Professional career

Dallas Cowboys

Hervey was selected in the fifth round (166th overall) of the 1995 NFL Draft by the Dallas Cowboys. As a rookie, he was leading the team in kickoff returns during the preseason (8 for a 24.4-yard average), until fracturing his left fibula in the final week of training camp. [2] Although he returned on September 6, he was declared inactive for every game during the season, as the Cowboys went on to win Super Bowl XXX. He was waived on August 20, 1996. [3]

Oakland Raiders (first stint)

In 1997, he signed with the Oakland Raiders and was waived on August 24. [4]

Denver Broncos

On February 13, 1998, he was signed by the Denver Broncos and released before the season started. [5]

Oakland Raiders (second stint)

In 1998, he was signed by the Oakland Raiders and waived on August 26. [6]

Edmonton Eskimos

Hervey played eight seasons for the Edmonton Eskimos in the Canadian Football League, and was a CFL all star in 2001 and 2003.

Over the course of his career Hervey posted 6715 yards receiving with 476 receptions in 118 career CFL games. In 2001, he had his best season stats-wise, when he registered 1447 yards on 77 receptions with 12 touchdowns. He was also a part of two Grey Cup winning teams. In 2006, he received the David Boone Memorial Award in recognition for his contributions to the community. On March 20, 2007, Hervey officially announced his retirement from professional football.

Front office career

Edmonton Eskimos

After his playing career, Hervery served as the Eskimos' head scout until December 10, 2012, when he was named as the club's general manager. [7] In 2015, the Eskimos won the Grey Cup. On April 7, 2017, the Eskimos held a press conference to announce the termination of Hervey's contract. [8]

BC Lions

On November 30, 2017, Hervey was named the general manager of the BC Lions. [9] Hervey's 2019 Lions missed the playoffs, and Hervey's handpicked head coach, DeVone Claybrooks, was fired after his first season on the job. [10] Furthermore, Hervey's conduct during the season was criticized. His handling of the release of fan favorite and star linebacker Solomon Elimimian drew criticism from Elimimian's agent for its timing, as did Hervey's justification that he knew when a player's time was up; [11] Elimimian still earned divisional All-Star honours for the season, and recorded a sack in each game he played against BC. Also during the season, Hervey was called out by the press for his refusal to shake the hand of Edmonton wideout Kenny Stafford. [12] During the cancelled 2020 year, it was announced that Hervey had resigned from his position for personal reasons. [13] [14] Roughly one month later, TSN reported that when Hervey signed marquee free agent quarterback Mike Reilly to the highest ever CFL contract in early 2019 (4 years, $2.9 million CND total), [15] Hervey had, contrary to league rules, signed a separate document outside of the contract, guaranteeing $250,000 of Reilly's yearly salary. However this separate document was never submitted to the league. With the cancelled 2020 season, Reilly had not received the guaranteed payment and filed a grievance in October, prior to Hervey's resignation. Neither BC Lions team president Rick Lelacheur nor owner David Braley (who died in between Hervey's resignation and the TSN report) were aware of Hervey's guarantee to Reilly until the grievance . [16]

CFL GM record

TeamYearRegular SeasonPost Season
WonLostTiesWin %FinishWonLostResult
EDM 2013 4140.2224th in West Division--Failed to Qualify
EDM 2014 1260.6662nd in West Division11Lost in West Final
EDM 2015 1440.7771st in West Division20Won Grey Cup
EDM 2016 1080.5553rd in West Division11Lost in East Final
BC 2018 990.5004th in West Division01Lost in East Semi Final
BC 2019 5130.2785th in West Division--Failed to Qualify
Total54540 .500 1 Division
Championships
431 Grey Cups

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