If someone would’ve told me during my freshman year of high school that I’d have the opportunity to sit across a table from former Kansas City Chiefs head coach and current ESPN NFL Analyst Herm Edwards to talk football, they would’ve been met with a slap in the face followed by a stern lecture about the importance of honesty.
Yet last Saturday, I found myself in that exact position. Preceding Edwards’ speech to Truman State students, a small group of reporters gathered on the third floor of the Student Union as Edwards fielded questions pertaining to his football career, the NFL and life in general. Edwards tackled every question thrown at him, and below are a few highlights of the press conference.
You’ve seen football from all perspectives, as a player, coach and analyst. Which perspective of the game has been the most interesting?
I’d probably have to say playing because of how the game has really evolved. … Where it started from when I came into the league compared to now — how it’s grown, how the media has really taken a hold of this. This has become America’s game. When I was growing up, it used to be baseball — it’s no longer that, it’s football. There’s a lot of reasons for that, but I think the one thing about the National Football League and what it’s done, it’s done a great job of really promoting itself. It seems to be fit for television, it’s a television game, and with that being said, they do a great job of using the 12 months out of the year to make football relevant, even when the season’s over. […]