Edward Denard Byers was known by many names at Parkland High School. Coaches Thompson, Buie, Muse, McDonald and Brayboy called him "Ed." The ladies called him "Poochie," the guys called him "The Horse" and "Mr. Ed." It is not printable what his opponents in the Western 4A District called him.
This 6'0", 198 pound "Man-o-War" carried the Mustangs on his back during 1982 and 1983 and still had enough savvy to play linebacker when his lunch boosted him to 205 Ibs! Everybody at Parkland knew that Ed could pick 'em up and lay 'em down when he donned the red, white and blue. He had played seven (7) years with the Boys' Club and put in a thousand hours on the concrete.
"Big Ed's" senior year was something to behold-a work of art! By his seventh game, he had grabbed 1,071 yards. His last game against West Forsyth totaled 236 yards and ran his season's tally up to 1,520. When the dust cleared at the State 4A Semi-Finals Playoff-where Parkland "bit the dust," Ed had just over 1,800 yards in the record books. Besides the yardage record, Ed was recognized and acclaimed as follows after the 1983 Championship season: All-City/County, All-Western 4A Conference, Ail-Northwest, All-State, Forsyth County Player-of-the-Year, selected to East-West All-Star Team (Running Back), recipient of the Thom McCann Player-of-the-Year Award.
Coach Bill Hayes had a jewel in Norris Thomas at Wake Forest and was able to grab a gold mine in "Big Horse Ed, Poochie" Byers at Winston-Salem State University. At WSSU, Ed helped set the tone for many championships to follow after his days with the Rams.
Ed Byers has given something back to the community. He has remembered by coaching the
Mt. Tabor Falcons in the Pop Warner League-Record: 37-13.