It didn’t take long for Boonville senior Adam Edler to sign the dotted line last Wednesday as a member of the Washburn Ichabods in Topeka, Kansas.
Although Edler will play with the Ichabods as a non-scholarship player, he said he chose Washburn University because of the atmosphere, the program, the facilities and coaches.
“From an academic standpoint, I plan to major in marketing and their business school is one of the best in the nation,” Edler said.
Boonville Pirates football coach Barry Blank said the one thing that he always thought about Edler is that he had a very, very good work ethic.
“Adam is a kid even on his own would go out on the football field and work on drills just trying to make himself a little bit better,” Blank said. “In practice I thought he was a tremendous leader by example. He tried to do things to the best of his ability and walking on at Washburn that’s a tough task, but if anybody is up to the task, it’s him. I think some day you will see Adam in a starting role somewhere for the Ichabods. I think they are looking at him at receiver from every indication I have. I am sure if he sticks it out he will probably start on some special teams and eventually if he competes he will work his way into a receiving role.”
This past season on offense for the Pirates, Edler finished with 12 receptions for 182 yards and two touchdowns. Meanwhile, on defense, Edler had 13 solo stops and eight assisted tackles for a total of 21. He also had one interception for 32 yards.
As for his career at Boonville, Edler finished with 38 receptions for 573 yards and six touchdowns along with 17 solo stops and 10 assisted tackles for a total of 27. Edler also closed out his career with five interceptions.
In addition to Washburn, Edler said he also considered Westminster University in Fulton and Northwest Missouri State University in Maryville.
Although Edler has been playing football for 10 years, he said he still has a lot to learn about the game.
“I wish to continue improving my footwork, strength, route running and ball skills,” Edler said. “In my first-two years at Washburn, I want to work my way up to a starting spot on the team. As for 3-4 years, I would like to be winning the conference (MIAA) and be competing for national championships.”
Although Edler has many fond memories of playing football at Boonville, he said his favorite memory as a team was when the Pirates beat  Mexico on their Homecoming this past season.
“We went in as the underdog and won when nobody expected us to,” Edler said. “Never bet against the boys. My favorite memory individually was setting the school record for most interceptions in a game with three against Kirksville on our Homecoming my sophomore year.”
Selected to play as a Blue/Grey All-American by the Blue/Grey Camp Series, Edler said he owes everything to his family, who has had a big impact on his football career because every game and every camp he has been to, they have been there for support.