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Sunday, February 27, 2022 @ 2 PM

2022 Krewe Parade
GRAND MARSHAL

Ed Oliver Jr.

Buffalo Bills, NFL Football Team

About Ed Oliver Jr.

Ed Oliver Jr. is an American Football Player for the Buffalo Bills of the NFL.  He is the son of Ed Oliver Sr. (Marksville, La) and Dana Baker (Houston, TX).  Ed was born and raised in Houston, TX, and attended Westfield High School where his football career began.  Oliver was rated as a consensus five-star recruit and was ranked among the top players in his class.  Oliver committed to play college football at the University of Houston, joining his older brother, Marcus Oliver, who is currently the head football coach of Alexandria Middle Magnet.  Committing to the University of Houston, Ed made history by becoming the first ESPN rated five-star recruit to commit to a school outside the Power Five conferences.

In college, Oliver became an immediate starter during his freshman season in 2016.  He started all games that season and was the winner of the Bill Willis Trophy, becoming the first freshman to win the award.  His sophomore year Ed was selected to the Walter Camp All American first team and won the Outland Trophy, presented to the nation’s top interior lineman. By his Junior year Ed had been named as a 3x First Team All-American and 3x First Team All AAC. Upon completion of his junior year, Ed declared for the NFL Draft and on April 24th 2019, was drafted by the Buffalo Bills in the first round with the ninth overall selection.

Ed was an immediate starter for the Buffalo Bills and has continued to be for the last 3 seasons.  In 2019 the Buffalo Bills made it to the first round of the NFL Playoffs but was defeated by the Houston Texans.  Ed believed that first round loss fueled the team during the off season to become more successful the following year.   In 2020 the Buffalo Bills were the AFC East Champs and made it to the AFC Championship Game but fell short against the Kansas City Chiefs. 

Ed is honored to be selected as the 2022 Alexandria Mardi Gras Association Parades Grand Marshal.  He has always recognized his CENLA roots and continues to immerse himself in the culture of Central Louisiana. Ed enjoys his off season by riding his horses and ATV’s and spending quality time with family.  Ed has also stayed true to his commitment of giving back to the community by hosting a Turkey Giveaway, and Christmas Toy Giveaway for several years.  Ed has pledged to continue seeking opportunities to help and give back to the Central Louisiana region that nurtured his early growth and development.

Parade Route