Coach Herm Edwards on Callaway Live
The outspoken NFL analyst dropped by the studio and opened up about what kind of golfer he is, his best stories from his playing days, and the origins of his famous "HELLO! YOU PLAY TO WIN THE GAME!" press conference. Sponsored by Callaway
Released on 9/16/2016
Man, I love Herm Edwards that guy's awesome
I didn't realize you were such a fan?
Oh I've been an Eagles fan since growing up.
The fumble, you remember that against the Giants
to win the game, greatest play in the history of the NFL?
Really was, what a speech there.
Unbelievable motivational speaker.
The whole room was like so fired up.
Oh yeah, hello (laughing).
Hey Harry, last cookie, you want this?
Leave it there, I'll come over and get it.
No, I'll throw it.
[Harry] No, no, no!
(swelling dramatic music)
What just happened?
You blew it, that's what just happened.
You can't have sloppy cookie handling
when coach Herm Edwards is around, Ethan.
But, I-- Ethan.
Drop, give me 20.
Hey Harry there's one more bottle of water, catch.
No, no, no, they'll get--
Hey, Harry, we've got a live show to do.
Live show, no script, what could possibly go wrong?
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All right hey, hey.
You see that, hey everybody, hey!
Good to see everybody, look at this crowd.
What a crowd, Amanda.
I love that!
Can see everybody, this is Callaway Live.
I'm Harry Arnett, this is a launch week crowd, is it not?
I can tell.
There's always something a little something more special
in the air when we're launching a product
and we have Callaway Live on the same night.
Do you know how many times
that's happened in the past, Amanda?
Zero. Never, yes
this is the first time so welcome everybody here
and what a weekend, I mean I think we had
72 wins around the world over the weekend
am I right about that? Close, six.
Might have been, oh just six?
Six wins around the world, of course Patrick Reed won.
The Barclays, we had Thomas Peters win on the European tour.
Yes, many of you probably didn't know this
we had a major champion over the weekend
it was the Korean Major but that's okay
we count that, eight Odyssey wins over the weekend.
And still we felt like you know what
people in golf are feeling a little down
I feel like the media's kicked us a little bit
they're saying oh you know there are not
all that many people playing golf that much right now.
It's too expensive, it takes too much time.
And we thought Callaway Live tonight
we're gonna do the entire industry a favor
'cause that's what this show is.
This is the industry show, this is not
just the Callaway show.
Even though we are the best, by far.
This is an industry show and tonight
we are going to pick up the entire industry
coach Herm Edwards is gonna come out
and give the entire industry a pep talk.
Please say hello to coach Herm Edwards.
Coach, how are you?
I'm well, I'm well.
We need a pep talk, give us a pep talk.
Thank you, thank you.
Thank you, thank you, thank you.
Thank you, look I'll just tell you this.
Golf doesn't need a pep talk, it really doesn't.
And I think the people at Callaway understand that.
I mean right now in my opinion
what I witnessed today
the excitement about this company.
The passion you folks bring to golf
says a lot about where golf is going.
I went down to the facility got fitted today
for some golf clubs and all that
and the professionalism of the people down there
along with yourselves, look
I've been playing golf for a pretty long time.
I'm not a good golfer at all, you know
I just kinda slop it around I hit around left to right
but I'm involved with the First Tee.
And I see the opportunities that these young people have
to play the game of golf.
Golf is not going anywhere.
It's ascending, it's not descending
it's ascending now that might be some other products
that are descending, you know what
and the reason for that is because of Callaway.
Because of you--
You folks have an invested interest in golf.
Don't lose sight of that, your brand is big.
And every time you leave this building
you think about the impact you have to make on golf now.
Okay, golf's not going anywhere.
So don't fall into the hype.
You know when you've been a coach and a player
if you start listening to the people
outside the building you'll start believing.
Listen to the people inside the building
because they know the truth.
This is why you guys come to work here every day.
You guys are gonna make a difference in golf.
I'll tell you that right now
and as I said before I'm involved in the First Tee
I watch those young people now
that have the ability to play golf
where maybe 30 years ago they did not
so golf understands, this game starts when you're young.
Like anything, and now it's become a game
of different varieties of people
playing golf which I think is important.
Golf touches everybody and when you touch young people
you've got a chance to grow, this game's gonna grow
you just keep doing what you do as Callaway
'cause you're gonna be a big part of the growth of golf.
I thank you for that, I've got two little girls
that play golf they're 10 and 11.
Put golf clubs in their hands as fast
as I can get them to them.
You're gonna play golf, trying to get
a scholarship by the way, okay.
I'm figuring that out too.
Callaway, you just keep doing what you're doing
because you're gonna be the standard bearer, trust me
and after this, I'm gonna turn it back over
to my good friend Harry here
and I'm gonna tell you about my golf story here
and there's a two ball golf story I have to tell
after when we come back, make sure you ask me
about two golf balls.
I'm about to tweet out--
And I'll only explain to people
why golf is not going anywhere
if you play with two balls.
That's kind of important, two, two ball rule.
Sounds like a sound byte to me, my friend.
We're gonna come back, hey I'm about to tweet out
to everybody that I think golf's
in trouble, should I do that?
No, tell them golf is fine.
Don't press send. Do not press send.
Love that, we're gonna be right back with the coach.
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All right, welcome back to Callaway Live.
I'm Harry Arnett, Amanda Balionis is here.
I'm a caged tiger right now.
I feel like I want to run through something
I've gotta hit something, coach.
You gotta go, oh all right, I don't wanna peak too early.
Why don't you hit this golf ball.
Yeah okay, hit that golf ball.
This is a home game for you, welcome back home.
It's good to be back home.
Yeah, and everybody knows--
Not being suit up without a tie on
and you know and all that other stuff you gotta do.
I love it and we put you to work on this TV show here.
It's all good. Which is great.
You got a good fan base here.
Well let's hear your golf ball story.
Here's a golf ball story for all those
that obviously at times struggle with golf.
I learned this as a you know as one of those golfers
that you know sometimes it's not going good for you, right.
And so what I do is I learned this lesson
I play with two balls and I actually
I talk to the ball.
Before I hit it and you know
when you get on one of those courses
where there's water to the left
and there's big bunkers to the right
and there's just bad things about to happen.
I tell the golf ball, I say now here's the deal.
If you decide to go in one of those bad places.
I got a partner that he wants to play too.
And when you go over there, I'm gonna play with him.
So when he gets lost, I don't even look for it
I just put the other one down
say you're in the game, let's play.
So that's my golf ball story.
You'd be surprised, it's a better game
when you talk to the ball.
I love that, you have a golf ball depth chart.
Look like in sports everybody wants to play
put the other guy in the game, it's okay.
I like that, do we have a depth chart here?
I don't know, I don't want to know if we do.
Who's when did you start playing?
Oh, I didn't start playing til I was
what, 32 years old and I play--
So a little bit late.
Little bit late in the first event I play in actually
is the it was not the AT&T then
it was the Carlsby and I was still with the Eagles
and they asked me said would you like to play golf
and you know you pressure a football player
you say yeah I can play golf.
Well little did I know and so first round
that's when they played at Cypress Point
played at Pebble Beach and Spyglass
and so I'm playing with Peter Senior
guys know Peter Senior he's on the senior tour now
he was a rookie coming on the tour
and so we get up to the first tee
and I don't know how to play this game
I've got like a three iron
I don't have any woods I've just got all irons in this bag.
He says Herm, you don't have any woods
I said they're just get in the way
I'm just gonna hit this three iron
so I hit it just as hard as I could hit it
so we get out about on one, two, three on four
fourth hole at Cypress if you know it
is a par four kind of going up a hill
little right and there's this guy
that we were playing in front of
and it's like he's pacing and he's
and the ball's in the middle of the fairway
it's a pro and like we're in the pro am
and he's walking him in I go
why does this guy keep walking I said
why doesn't he just hit the ball, you know
'cause I'm like, I want to go.
You know, let's go, let's go.
And he says, no, no, you can't hit
I said you want me to hit this ball
down there to speed him up?
And Peter Senior says no and I said who is that?
You'll appreciate this all golf fans, Bernard Langer.
I know why you were trying to speed him up.
And so you know I'm about to hit down on Bernard Langer
and from there you know you kind of get hooked
on the game of golf and you start playing
and you just it's a game that
you can never master and it's a game of this
and I've always said this when you spend
four hours on a golf course with somebody
you find out a lot about them.
Find a lot about yourself too
and I promise myself and maybe in my next life
I'll do this maybe I'll drink and I'll smoke
and I'll swear in my next life
in this life I haven't done it yet
and I told myself when I play this game of golf
if I ever throw a club I quit.
I've never done that, and I've hit a lot of bad shots
in my lifetime, trust me, but you learn
about yourself a lot 'cause this ball sits there
and it kind of looks at you and says hit me.
It has no defense, it can defend no one.
I mean you just hit me and then you sit there
and you say I'm really gonna hit it
and it makes you really look bad at times
this poor little ball.
It's unique and when you hit a good shot
you've figured it out, you never get this game figured out.
That chrome soft golf ball right there
is talking to you right now?
Yeah, it's talking to me.
Every time I look at it it says
can you hit me straight one more try.
Let's mic it up!
Well that's interesting that you're calm, cool and collected
on the golf course 'cause I always
as a coach and as a player
I always pictured you as being a little fiery.
Well there's moments.
But on golf, no, now when I was an athlete
and my demeanor kind of changes
there's a switch when you're a football player
there's a switch that you turn on
and it's kind of interesting.
It's one of those where you're in the huddle
and everything is calm and then I played corner
my whole life and when you walk outside the numbers
there's this guy you gotta defend
it's kind of like that ball
and the switch goes on and the switch tells me this
is that this guy is trying to run me out of the league.
He's trying to run me outta the league
and I'm not gonna let him do that
and I just think like in life
and I'll tell the folks in the audience
the one thing I learned in life about sports
and just about the work you do in business
you gotta do this one thing
you gotta be able to bet on yourself.
You have to bet on yourself ladies and gentlemen in life.
Because if you don't believe in yourself, no one else will.
And it doesn't matter what anybody says
you have to have the conviction to bet on yourself
and in work and in sports there's two type of people.
There's people that are interested.
And there's people that are committed.
Callaway is committed to golf, there's a difference.
See a lot of people are interested
but when you commit to something
you don't need to know the score before the game's played.
You understand what the score's gonna be
'cause you're committed and you're gonna end up winning.
And people that are committed
are the people I want on my team
and this is the team that Callaway has
these people are committed in this room
to make golf better for everyone
and that says something about this organization.
Well you haven't met everyone in this room.
I met enough!
I know who the CEO is and he's a Philly--
He's kind of a Philly guy
so I know those Philly guys, I know they're committed.
Yup, he does a little officer and gentleman
we got no place else to go, Herm.
That's it. We're in it.
When did you get that, when did that
philosophy for you as a player in this game
dedicated to football when did you first
start to really feel that you were committed?
Were you a little guy, were you an older guy--
I didn't have a lot of options to be quite honest.
I didn't have a lot of options, my options were
my father was in the army for 27 years.
He didn't finish high school, my mom was a German
war brat she finished the sixth grade
she worked in the factories.
No one had a high school education, basically.
I knew my way out was basically to be an athlete.
I was talented enough that I knew growing up
that every time I played a sport
now not this game obviously 'cause it wasn't
introduced to me as a young guy.
But any other sport with a ball
I was better than everybody else.
So I was gifted with some talent
and I didn't waste it and I committed myself
at a young age to say that if I didn't make it
I wasn't gonna have an excuse that
I should have done this or that.
I went through the process of being available
and you know sports and life is about participation.
In athletics it's about practice.
And I exhausted myself to practice
I exhausted myself to make sure that
at the end when I looked myself in the mirror
I was gonna be okay, that I did everything I could do
to be successful and it worked out pretty good
and you know I've had a pretty good life
I mean I've always told folks this
in 30 years of being in professional football
I mean I was in that league for 30 years
and then from there now you know they said
hey coach you want to red light comes on
you could talk about football, I said
I'll do that too it's not bad.
So I've kind of been on recess my whole life.
And now for me I'm an ambassador for the game of football
'cause what it's provided me and my family
and all the opportunities it's provided
this is why I'm here today I mean football brought me here.
It's not for anything else I mean you know
'cause I'm on television but football
has connected me to so many great people
and so many opportunities that I owe football that
to make sure it's coached right and played right
and when it's not I'm gonna say something.
At what point in your playing career
did you decide that you wanted
that was gonna be your life?
Oh-- As a coach I mean and then
the career you just talked about.
Well I knew when I was in high school.
That my options were hey, I'm gonna get a scholarship
and I'm gonna be a pro football player
and I would tell anybody that would listen to me
and now everybody didn't think
they said this guy's crazy, what is he talking about
high school I told my high school coach
look I'm really wasting my time here
but I should be a pro football player
that's how my mind worked, right.
And it's kind of ironic I'll tell this story
so I go right out of high school
I go to Cal Berkley as a freshman
and I start and I get into this dispute with a coach.
And my sophomore year I leave and I go to junior college.
And then they convinced me to go back and I go back
and the coach, they move him to another position
and I play my junior year and I'm up for All-American
and the coach that was coaching me goes to the Raiders.
And so the guy that I had a dispute with
he comes back and guess what, he starts
coaching me again right and I was one of those guys
and I think you folks understand this
is this is why you're gonna have success.
You know in life, and anything you do
people will tell you what to do
they'll tell you how to do it
but until they tell you why, you have no knowledge.
And I was always searching for knowledge.
And we were doing a drill one day.
Believe it or not, college football
there was three of us standing there
and one would jump on the ground
the other one would jump on the ground
we would roll over each other
and I asked the coach, I said
coach why are we doing barrel rolls?
I said how does this make me a better defensive back?
And he didn't, it was like I was questioning
his authority but I wanted to know why
'cause I said this is the craziest drill I ever seen
I said we don't do this in football.
And so that kind of sprung it and then from there
he comes back, the other guy goes to the Raiders
and sure enough in the spring we get into it again
and the next thing you know I'm at San Diego State.
I drive, I leave Cal Berkeley coming to San Diego State
without a scholarship I have to sit out a year
and I basically work in the shipyard at night.
So I go to school during the day
and I work in the shipyard from three o'clock
until 12 o'clock at night and I go back to school
the next day 'cause I'm really I don't have
a scholarship because there's no scholarships
available my first year there.
So I play the next year and we have a pretty good team
we're 10 and one, supposed to get drafted
in the second round, back then in my era
there was 12 rounds of the draft.
And the draft was on television the first round
then after that it was on radio
so I was projected to maybe get drafted in the second round.
And first round goes by, second round
and I'm sitting in the, no cell phones back in that day
by the way and I'm sitting waiting for the telephone to ring
right and second round goes by and I'm listening
on the radio going hmm, haven't been picked yet
I said that's interesting.
Third round goes by, haven't been picked yet
I go that's interesting.
So the fourth round goes by and I'm like hmm.
So I get the phone, I call the operator.
And I say, ma'am will you do me a favor
I said something's wrong with my phone
I think, could you call this number?
So she calls and the phone rings, I pick it up
I go this is not good, right.
So I hang the phone back and so I don't get drafted
there's 12 rounds I don't get drafted.
And there's a couple teams that want me
to trial as a free agent.
Dick Vermeil who coached for the Philadelphia Eagles
he actually recruited me to UCLA
and I didn't go there was a couple other teams
and so I signed with the Philadelphia Eagles
and back then you know like you guys
are bored with pre-season games
when I came in the league in 1977
there was only 28 teams.
There were six pre-season games, six.
Okay six, not four, six and there was only
14 regular season games
and there was 125 guys in training camp.
There wasn't like 90 there was 125.
And so I can remember in the line we were standing
with the defensive backs, there were 22 of us
and I looked over at John Outlaw
who was a veteran guy and I was a free agent
signed as a free agent and I asked him a question
I said how many guys make it
that are defensive backs, John?
He said, he looked at me he said rookie.
Only eight guys.
I said how many?
He said eight.
So I looked back at him, I mean I just looked
at him straight in the eye and I said
who are the other seven?
And so he turns--
He turns and he looks at me and he goes
what did you just say, rook?
I said who's the other seven I said
I got nowhere to go, I can't go home.
I got nowhere to go.
Well you know if you know the story
it's real simple and this is why you bet on yourself.
Probably the best accomplishment I've ever made
as an athlete is that I never missed a practice or a start
through high school, college, pro football.
And I started the first day
in Philadelphia as an Eagle corner at the right corner
my rookie year and I was the only rookie
in the National Football League
that started to play that position.
I never missed a snap, I never missed a game
never missed a start.
And that was probably the most important
accomplishment I ever made because of this
and for this reason only.
When you're a part of a team
and you commit to those people
you don't want to let them down.
You don't want to let them down
and that was my commitment to these guys
that I was gonna deal with the preparation
and being the best player I could be
and I wanted to make sure that every day
I was at practice and that's why I'm a firm believer
is life's not about being coachable
it's about being available.
Are you available, 'cause if you're available
that tells me that you're committed to something.
And so I was committed to it
and I was very fortunate and as I said
played there for my, most of my career.
Hold the record for most interceptions
as an Eagle as 33 in the regular season
five in playoff competition, so I've got about 38 of them.
But that was my number one deal
that I want to be available to my teammates
and to the fans of Philadelphia
because I learned something in life
is that you know the most powerful
possession you have and I have children
that you possess is your last name.
And you give that to your children.
And along with that you have to realize
whether you work for Callaway, whether you're
in the National Football League
whether you're with ESPN you represent that brand
that you work for and with that being said
I wanted to make sure that I did it right
and that when I got out of football
and when some of you folks you get those big parachutes
and you know you go off with your gold watch
and they send you off and you retire.
That I wanted to make sure that the game of football
was better because I played it and coached it.
And that becomes a part of your legacy.
You folks at Callaway have to remember
that golf will be here for a long time.
For our children's children and you're in the forefront
right now to make golf better, to make an impact.
To make a difference, you know we all
work to make a living but you leave your mark
when you make a difference.
What will you do to make a difference in golf.
What have I done to make a difference in football.
And that's your goal because that's your legacy
and you don't have to be an athlete
you know in your children carry that last name.
And it's a powerful name that you have
and it becomes a part of your legacy
and don't lose sight of it 'cause that's the most
powerful possession you ever give your children
'casue as we know children can't choose their parents.
Mine try, coach.
Yeah, they can't do it.
Mine try, I want to talk to you
a little bit about coaching when we come back from the break
'cause I think the transition you made
from player to coach is really a continuation
of what you just talked about.
We're gonna be right back with coach Herm Edwards.
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[Director] One apple take three, mark.
I can't even do it.
Now can we go with my line?
Don't move, you're good right there.
[Director] Quiet on set.
So oh, am I going again?
(laughing) Get that line right!
(golf club whacking)
That boy swung right after that though.
It's a dropped bombs.
I messed that line up.
I forgot the line.
You know what I say, shh.
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Welcome back into Calloway Live
Herb Edwards is joining us right now
and that Patrick Reed shh was pretty fitting
considering the fact that he just won
the Barclays and punched his ticket
onto the US Rider Cup team, can we
get a little round of applause for that?
Absolutely, really exciting stuff.
But you know we were thinking about
the fact Patrick Reed clearly very coachable
he's gotten better every season
so what's something we could do
to grow the game with amateurs
you know to maybe make it a little bit more
enjoyable make us better, well we decided
we're gonna send Herm Edwards out on the course
to make everybody more coachable, check it out.
How we doing?
We want to take birdies on this hole, no pars
no double bogeys just Herm Edwards is my name.
Pleased to meet you sir.
I'm filming you guys, getting you on television.
Guys getting ready to go on television.
Okay here we go, we playing
what are you guys playing from back there?
It's uphill so you gotta play at about 110 right.
And we do not want to be short, is that correct.
That's 128 so with the wind.
I'd play at least, you know what check that
I'd play hit it 140.
Where we aiming here, right at the flag?
Not right at the flag, huh.
I like it.
There you go, smart man, right side of the flag.
Look at that golf shot, is that clubbing right or what.
Yes, I did, yes I did.
Keep going, keep going, keep going.
When you put the three in the car
it don't take pictures, just remember that.
You play to win the game.
He is correct, good job my friend.
I mean I gotta say if that doesn't motivate you
on the golf course I don't know what does.
I have had a lot of teachers in my life
my parents take me out on the course
my dad will say I think this is gonna be an eight iron
I think if you said it, you'd be the only person
I would ever listen to yes, no you're right
you're right coach we're definitely gonna do that
but how fun was that out there
everyone knew who you were they were listening to you.
It was a lot of fun and it's kind of ironic
because you know when they asked me to go out there
I figured well do these guys know that I'm coming?
And they said no, coach, I said so I'm just supposed
to interrupt somebody that's playing golf, right.
It worked out good, they were good sports.
Now there is a line that you don't say very often.
But I need to ask you, what was the name of your book?
That you play to win the game.
Ohh, that's what it was.
I don't say it with that emotion anymore.
Yeah, we actually have plenty of time
do you guys have a lot of time to try
and get this out of you?
No here's the story, I'll tell you the story.
You'll like this story.
That happened on a Tuesday, by the way
the you play to win the game speech
and it's kind of ironic we're in San Diego 'cause it's--
On a Tuesday.
Goes full circle so we are
sitting in a bad way and the press asks me
hey coach, what are you gonna do
you know you guys are two and five
so it got to the point where almost asking me
the question are we gonna quit.
And that's never an option in life or anything
you can't quit, you sign on to do something you finish.
And so I kind of had that you know I go
my little that whatever I said and...
You got pissed off is what happened.
I really wasn't mad, I was okay
I says kind of got it out of my system
and then so you go to work and you know
when you're a football coach on Tuesdays
there's no players in the room
and they're all off and you work 'til about one
so as I go home the light turns on
and my wife's at the door and she says
what did you do today?
What are you talking about
I don't know what she's talking about, you know
that happened like at nine o'clock in the morning
I said what are you talking about
she says it's all over the news everywhere
and I said what are you talking about right now.
She said she looks at me she said
hello, and I went oh that one.
Wednesday the players come in.
And so I'm about to address the team like this
and we're gonna play the Chargers on Sunday.
And I get up there and as I get ready to speak to the team
the players hear this on Tuesday.
And Chad Pennington is in the back of the room
and when I like players and they're some of my favorites
I don't call them by their name
I just call them by their number.
If you know the Jets, Chad Pennington wore number 10.
And he stood up and I said, he said coach
I said yeah, 10, you got something to say.
He said yeah coach I got something to say.
So he stands up and he says, we got you coach.
And I said okay, you got me.
He said we got you coach, so he sits down
I said okay, let's break our meeting
so wind it forward, Saturday we get here in San Diego
San Diego is six and one I believe it is.
Oh this was a long time ago.
They're pretty good.
I'm a Falcons fan so believe me, I don't know.
So they're six and one and they're a good football team
and I'm kind of talking to our team
and I'm telling them hey look here's the deal you know
we're gonna play the Chargers and I said
I don't want to hear the cannon
'cause when they you know score they shoot the cannon
and I said I don't want to hear the cannon.
I said you know I said by the way
I said if they shoot that thing two times
early in this game, the third time men
we're going down there and we'll all stand in front of
standing in front of the cannon
we're all just gonna get blown up.
And so they look at me they go coach
is going crazy right now right, so anyway
you know I know what's gonna happen
I got a good feeling about our football team
and if you know about that game
basically that was the game that we beat the Chargers.
I forget how bad we beat them, we beat them
they ended up eight and eight, we win the division
we go off on a seven, on a seven game run
and we actually won the division that year
but it was one of those situations where
when you have a group of people
whether it's football players or just people in general
they need a leader that believes in them
and we were down, we were two and five
but we had good players and we had good coaches
it was just a matter of giving them some confidence
to say we can do this and that you gotta lead them
you know and it's easy to lead when you're winning
that's the easiest thing in the world to do
when the scores in favor but I think
when you're not winning that's when people
find out who you are you know as a leader
and it was one of those speeches where
you get a book after that and a lot of good things happen
but more than anything else
the team trusted me and I trusted them.
And it was a fabulous season, it was a great season.
Didn't catch on as much as my statement
to our team where I said would somebody do something?
Didn't stand up as much, how much of
being the head coach is X and O's versus
motivation and creating an environment.
Yeah, it's more about the environment
every coach knows X's and O's they all know X's and O's
this is why you hire people you know
you hire coordinators and you let them do their job
I think the first thing you survey
is when you become a coach or a leader period is that
couple things happen you get this tremendous title
and what I always told players when I first took the job
look I gotta earn your respect, the title gives you
you know it gives you the title of the head coach
but you gotta earn the people's respect
I said I gotta earn this.
When you become a leader, it's a service position.
You serve the people, they don't serve you.
And your number one goal is this, don't allow them to fail.
Don't allow them to fail, it's K-Y-P
know your personnel and once you determine that
then you put people in place and you have a philosophy
and you let the people you know breathe your philosophy
through the organization and so
you know there comes times when you're a coach
and you gotta know the room, you gotta know your players
and I was a big guy of doing this
I would take a list of players I would write
five guys names down on a piece of paper every day
and I make sure that during the course of that day
that I had a conversation with them
and it was never about football
it was about hey I heard your grandma was sick.
Or I heard your daughter's birthday is coming up.
Or it was about life for me coaching was this
and it was real simple if I made them better men
then they'll be good football players.
They'll be good football players
and they'll make good decisions
and that was my number one goal
is that when they left playing for me
they were good football players
but they were better fathers, they were better husbands
they were better in their community
and when you do that you know team is about community.
And maybe the greatest thing about a team
is that when you walk in the huddle of football
there's no color, there's no
there's no you know status of I grew up over here
you grew up over here and this guy was from Florida
he's from California didn't matter
it was a common respect for each other
there was this trust and that's what you get out of football
you know that's what you get out of team
is that everyone understands that we might not all agree
but for the betterment of the team
we respect each other and we respect
what each other does every day.
And so that's what you try to accomplish as a coach.
That's what did you call that, P-Y-T what was that?
K-Y-P, know your personnel. Oh yeah, K-Y-P.
Know your personnel.
I think P-Y-T might be a Michael Jackson song.
Well we really appreciate you being here
and I think we're satisfactorily fired up
for the rest of the year, are we not?
Thank you my friend.
Coach Herm Edwards, we'll see you next week
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