ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — Buffalo bills safety and former Virginia Tech Hokie Tremaine Edmunds is one of four family members with NFL experience. His brothers Terrell and Trey, also former Hokies are currently in the league. Their dad Ferrell played tight end for 7 NFL seasons. Tremaine and his family have touched several people in his life while growing up in Danville, Virginia. “I have said this a million times and this is not coach talk. Tremaine is a better person than he is a football player. Let that sink in for a moment and think about what I said. He was the 12, 13, 14th pick in the NFL draft. He is the captain of the Bills. He is a multi-millionaire and they all are better people than athletes,” said Cave Spring head boys basketball coach Jacob Gruse.
Jacob Gruse was Tremaine Edmunds high school basketball coach at Dan River high school in Ringgold, Virginia. Gruse knew from the beginning what type of athlete he was getting. Gruse says it all started at home for Tremaine. “The first thing you think about Tremaine is that he is a freak athlete. Dude is incredible. He comes from such a great family. His mom and dad they call his mom Cookie and Ferrell are such incredible people. They don’t play grades they don’t play with character and honesty, they don’t play with how they are on the athletic field,” said Gruse.
Gruse also looked at Tremaine as the gentle giant.
“Tremaine was the quiet one, Tremaine never talked a lot he kind of went about his business he did what he was supposed to do,” said Gruse.
Tremaine not only has impacted coach Jacob Gruse but also Gruse’s son.
“It was cool to be watching on draft night, and seeing that dude waltz across the stage. It was in class and it was in our gym. My son is jumping up and down and screaming and yelling and the big Tremaine’s jersey he is wearing. Every time the Bills play it was really cool to see and even when we went to Virginia Tech games. Tremaine would grab Taylor after the game. I got a really cool picture of Terrell and them both on either side of Taylor and the lunch pail in between them. Tremaine he would grab my son ad they would go on the field. sit there and spend time with him. take him down the field it was really cool. it speaks volumes to wat type of people they are,” said Gruse.
Tremaine and his brothers Terrell and Trey give back to their hometown with the “E” boys foundation. They give out backpacks and other needs for the community.