Former NFL Head Coach, ESPN Analyst Herm Edwards Speaks Feb. 24

Jones Auditorium - 02/24/16 - 02/24/16

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Former NFL head coach of the New York Jets and Kansas City Chiefs, and popular in-studio analyst with ESPN Herm Edwards will speak at Texas A&M University-Kingsville as part of the University Lectureship Series. 

Edwards will deliver the presentation, “Your Life Plan,” in Jones Auditorium Wednesday, February 24 at 7 p.m. 

Edwards will speak about how the life lessons that led to his success can help others maximize their potential.  

An autograph session is scheduled to follow the presentation. 

The public is invited to attend this free event. 

Doors are scheduled to open at 6:30 p.m. Seating is on a first-come, first-seated basis. 

About Herm Edwards

Whether it is his faith, his family or his football team, Herman Edwards exudes passion in all areas of life. That energetic and enthusiastic attitude best defines the way Edwards approaches his role as a studio NFL analyst for ESPN. Edwards’ voice is fully integrated into all of the network’s platforms, from radio and digital to television. In 2013, Edwards was named the Team ESPN’s Commentator of the Year. Also in 2013, Edwards joined elite company as a recipient of the Walter Camp Man of the Year Award. 

Born in Fort Monmouth, New Jersey but raised in Monterey, CA, Edwards enjoyed a 10-year professional playing career as a cornerback from 1977-86, spending the first nine of those seasons with the Philadelphia Eagles. He earned second-team All-NFC honors in 1980 and played an instrumental role on a hard-hitting Philadelphia defense that helped boost the Eagles to a berth in Super Bowl XV that season. 

Beginning his coaching career as defensive backs coach at San Jose State (’87-’89), Edwards later returned to Kansas City as the defensive backs coach from ‘92-’94. After a one-year stint as a pro personnel scout with Kansas City in ‘95, Edwards moved with Tony Dungy to Tampa Bay in ‘96.

In 2001, Edwards departed Tampa Bay to become head coach of the New York Jets. In five seasons as the Jets head coach, Edwards compiled a 39-41 record. Edwards was on the sideline for five postseason contests with the Jets, the best total of any coach in team annals. He registered 35 victories with the Jets from ’01-’04, tying Joe Walton (’83-’86) for the most regular season wins by any coach in his initial four years with the team. Edwards also led the N.Y. Jets to the postseason in his first campaign with the squad. 

Edwards rejoined the Chiefs in 2006, becoming the first head coach in franchise history to guide Kansas City to the playoffs in his initial season with the club. In his debut campaign, Edwards posted a 9-7 overall record, tying the mark of most victories by a first-year coach in franchise history.

Edwards has used his position in the league to serve as a positive role model, speaking to hundreds of thousands of professional and amateur athletes. He and his wife, Lia, are involved in numerous charitable efforts and philanthropic endeavors. In 2002, Edwards was named the Big Brother of the Year by the Catholic Big Brothers for Boys and Girls in New York. Edwards was appointed as a charter member of the Fritz Pollard Alliance in 2003, which serves as a conduit between NFL minority coaches and league executives.

About the University Lectureship Series

The University Lectureship Series at Texas A&M University-Kingsville is a student-supported program that invites guest lecturers to present relevant or entertaining topics both to the university and Kingsville communities. Known nationally or regionally for their expertise, invited speakers will educate, inform and engage students, and help them to make meaning of theories they are learning in their classrooms.

For more information about the A&M-Kingsville University Lectureship Series, contact the Office of Student Activities at 361-593-2760.