Clyde Edwards-Helaire was born on April 11, 1999, in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. He attended Catholic High School where he competed in football and track and field. When he was 14 years old he met with an attorney and had his name legally changed to add the Helaire. Clyde Edwards is his biological father and Helaire was added to honor his stepfather, Shannon, who was basically his father while his biological father served time for a drug-possession charge. His mother, Tonge, felt it was important for both to be part of his life.
He was the first freshman in Catholic High School football coach Dale Weiner’s 29 years to play on the varsity team as a freshman. He was named the MVP of the 5A State Championship game his senior year. He was rated a four-star recruit and chose to play college football at LSU.
His freshman year was spent mostly on special teams. His sophomore year he ran for 658 years and returned 17 kicks for 416 yards. He became the starting running back his junior year. He announced that we would forgo his senior year and enter the draft in 2020, where he was selected by the Chiefs in the first round.
In 2018, he was involved in a fatal shooting, where he and LSU linebacker Jared Small were in a truck trying to sell an electronic device to Kobe Johnson. Johnson pulled a gun out and demanded all their belongings. One of the players pulled their own gun and shot Johnson several times. They called the police and stuck around and fully cooperated. It was determined to be self-defense and no charges or arrests were made.