COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Former NFL player, head coach and ESPN personality Herm Edwards joined the Maryland Athletics Tuesday for a series of presentations with members of the intercollegiate athletic staff and student-athletes. Coach Edwards, who is known for his motivational speeches and on-field passion, met with Maryland staff members for a presentation and Q&A session, in addition to giving speeches to the football team and other student-athletes.
“It was great to have the opportunity to come here today and just visit with the coaches and rely the message of the impact they can make on young people,” said Edwards. “It’s more than just being a coach, so hopefully they appreciated the message and going forward with how they go about coaching. There’s some life lessons learned in athletics, and I think if we can apply them in our lives that’s what leads to success after we leave the playing field.”
Edwards has a long standing relationship with University of Maryland Director of Athletics Kevin Anderson, who he met back during his days at California Berkeley. Herm is graduate of San Diego State University with a degree in criminal justice. He played nine seasons for the Philadelphia Eagles and helped the Eagles advance to Super Bowl XV. After completing his professional career in 1986 after stints with the Los Angeles Rams and Atlanta Falcons, he was a college coach, NFL scout and an NFL assistant for 14 years before being hired as the head coach of the New York Jets in 2001. He led the Jets to three playoffs appearances before being hired as the head coach of the Kansas City Chiefs in 2006. He led the Chiefs to a playoff appearance in his first season.
Herm has also worked under Hall of Fame head coach Tony Dungy and former NFL Head Coach of the Year Marty Schottenheimer. He has served as an NFL analyst at ESPN since 2009 and frequently appears on a pair of ESPN's flagship programs, SportsCenter and NFL Live.