The Arizona Republic reports that ESPN commentator and former pro football coach Herm Edwards will be introduced Monday as sthe head coach of the Arizona State University Sun Devils.
The Arizona Republic reports that ESPN commentator and former pro football coach Herm Edwards will be introduced Monday as sthe head coach of the Arizona State University Sun Devils.
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15 Memorable Quotes From New ASU Football Coach Herm Edwards

The man who will be introduced Monday as Arizona State University's new head football coach may be best known for his appearance in a beer commercial.

In 2002, when he was coach of the New York Jets, Herm Edwards was asked by New York Times' sportswriter Judy Battista about his 2-5 team's ability to win following a loss to the Cleveland Browns. (Almost nobody loses to the Cleveland Browns.)

Edwards went on an epic rant.

"This is what's great about sports," he began. "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."

Anyway, the Jets went on to win seven of their next nine games and make the playoffs. Moreover, "You play to win the game!" became Edwards' catchphrase. It was featured in a Coors Light commercial and is the title of a book about inspirational leadership that he co-wrote with ESPN's Shelley Smith.

Edwards is now a popular ESPN commentator, but he hasn't coached since he was fired after the 2008 season with the Kansas City Chiefs. That means the teenagers he would have to recruit to ASU would have been 10 years old or younger the last time he was in charge on a football field.

Can the 63-year-old still relate to the younger generation?

Who knows? But the man can talk. We've collected a handful of his other memorable quotes.

On motivation:

"A goal without a plan is a wish. What's your plan? It's on you, because you have to do all the work."

"You don't get character because you're successful; you build character because of the hardships you face."

"Your problems are never bigger than your purpose."

"We've got a hill to climb. But we've got some good climbing boots, so we'll be OK."

On leadership:

"I'm not a panic guy. I don't do that. Can't. When you're a leader, you can never panic, no matter what's happening. The building could be falling down. Fire could be going all places. Somebody has to make a decision on how to get out."

"Talk is free. You never know what's going to happen after you talk. There's always a perception about a guy until you actually sit down and talk with him."

"Quitting is not an option. I will not let anyone on this team quit."

On former quarterback Chad Pennington:

"Gosh, I haven't seen that many fumbles by a Jets' quarterback since Joe Namath tried to kiss Suzy Kolber on an ESPN Sunday night game a couple years ago ..."

"I tell ya' ... that's the most pampered right arm since Zsa Zsa Gabor slapped that Beverly Hills policeman some years back. But Chad's worth it. He's our guy. As soon as he can throw 20 yards downfield, we'll know he's back at full strength."

On humility:

"A guy used to have a farm up the street from our house ... Every once in a while he'd let us go in his back yard and said, 'Try to catch the chickens.' I thought I was quick, but I couldn't catch the chickens."

On one of his players starting a fight without getting penalized:

"They didn't see who threw the punch. I wasn't going to tell. I'm not a tattletale."

On football in general:

"Football teams are families ... I had a sister who used to beat me up all the time, but she was still my sister."

"You gotta have a little kid in you to play football." (I assume he doesn't mean pregnant.)

And I'm not sure I want to know what this one was about:

"He's always answered the bell. When you come out of the locker room, he's always the guy that's standing out there before the team and making sure everybody touches everybody. And this is the first time he touched a guy when he wasn't in pads."

Souces: wikiquotes, Great-Quote.com, 24/7Sports.com, QuoteTab.com, azquotes.com.

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