Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Edmonton Eskimos GM Ed Hervey to Receive His University Degree Saturday

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Edmonton Eskimos GM Ed Hervey to Receive His University Degree Saturday

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Eskimos GM to receive university degree

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LAS VEGAS, Nev. - When Ed Hervey was 12, he promised his mother he'd earn his college degree.

More than 30 years later, Hervey will make good on that vow. On Saturday, the 43-year-old Edmonton Eskimos GM will receive his bachelor of arts degree in multidisciplinary studies from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

"I made a promise to my mom that had to be kept," Hervey said in a release issued by the school. "She was very much against me playing football in the first place but after I begged her to let me on the field, I had to promise that I would go to school and get my degree.

"I started on this path several years ago and this week it comes to fruition."

Hervey's mother, Velma, will be there along with his sister, brother-in-law and niece when he's given his degree at the Thomas & Mack Center.

Hervey played college football at USC, where he converted to receiver from quarterback, but left school without his degree to pursue a pro career. He was selected in the fifth round of the 1995 NFL draft to the Dallas Cowboys and also spent time with Oakland (twice) and Denver before joining the Eskimos in 1999.

"My family was living in housing projects in Los Angeles so when I was at USC my main objective was to get my family out of there," he said. "The opportunity to go play professional football was out there so earning my degree at the time had to be sacrificed."

Hervey played eight seasons with Edmonton, winning two Grey Cups while registering 476 catches for 6,715 yards and 43 TDs. …

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