Herm Edwards

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You play to win the game.

Herman "Herm" Edwards Jr. (born April 27, 1954) is an American football analyst and former National Football League (NFL) player and coach. Edwards is known for his motivational speeches and soundbites given at press conferences. Edwards' popularity among motivational speaking has even led to the publication of his own book of quotes.



With New York

  • "This is what's great about sports. This is what the greatest thing about sports is: you play to win the game. Hello? You play to win the game. You don't play it to just play it. That's the great thing about sports: you play to win, and I don't care if you don't have any wins. You go play to win. When you start tellin' me it doesn't matter, then retire. Get out! 'Cause it matters." - Following a question from New York Times sports reporter Judy Battista on the team's ability to win, on October 30, 2002 after a Week 8 loss to the Cleveland Browns left them at 2–5.[1] After this speech, the Jets, sparked by the debut of quarterback Chad Pennington, would go 7–2 and win the AFC Eastern Division Championship.
This monologue was later incorporated into a TV commercial for Coors Light beer.

With Kansas City

  • "I did a lot of preaching this week. I had my sermons ready. The good part is the congregation was listening. I wish I had passed the collection plate. I would’ve made a lot of money. But I did it for free." — Edwards, following a win against the Chargers in 2006.[2]
  • "When you're a head coach, you don't know where to stand," Edwards said. "You're screwed up. You go on the field, no one's talking to you. `Somebody's gonna talk to me.' You don't know what to do. So you go over and talk to the other head coach, and kind of shake his hand, then you go, `Where do I stand?'"[3]In an interview with South Florida Sun-Sentinel Reporter Ethan J. Skolnick.
  • "Let's not get this thing twisted and think we backed into this deal. We didn't lose, we won. Every team that played this weekend played at home and had an opportunity to get into the playoffs just like us. We just happened to win. What's wrong with that? So, let's not get it twisted and say, 'Well, they're lucky.' We didn't get lucky. We won." — Edwards defending the Chiefs' 9–7 record and entry to the playoffs in 2006-07.[4][5]
  • "When we score seven points, I’ll say we’re slow starting. If we score 21 points, I’ll say, ‘Whoa, we scored a lot of points.’ Twenty-one points – that’s a lot of points. Thirty points? That isn’t even a football game. That’s Arena Football. We’re talking about real football.” [6]
  • “People aren’t used to this in Kansas City. Get over it! It happens. It’s called life. You can’t think you’re too big that it’s not going to happen to you. It happens to everybody."[7]Edwards in a press conference after losing six consecutive games.


  1. Battista, Judy. "PRO FOOTBALL; Edwards's Take on Jets: Quitting Is Never an Option," The New York Times, Thursday, October 31, 2002.
  2. Schraeger, Peter. Get ready to meet Herm FOXSports.com, 13 June 2007.
  3. [1][dead link]
  4. Whitlock, Jason "Herm covering Carl's goof", Kansas City Star, 2 January 2007 (subscription required)
  5. Wilbur, Eric. Natural Selection[dead link] Boston.com, 3 January 2007.
  6. Herm's Game of Chess www.kcchiefs.com, 6 September 2007
  7. Kansas City Chiefs - Herm Edwards Press Conference - 12/11 (13 December 2007).
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