Herm re-lives ‘You play to win the game’ on 10-year anniversary of famous Jets speech
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October 30, 2012 | 7:42pm
Herm Edwards played nine seasons in the NFL and coached another eight, but his lengthy career could be boiled down to six words: “You play to win the game”
The famous quote came on Oct. 30, 2002 during one of Edwards’ many Jets press conferences. It came after blowing a 15-point lead to the Browns in a loss that dropped the Jets to 2-5. Edwards, now an analyst for ESPN, reflected on the response that will live on for decades thanks to YouTube.
“I think some people look at it and it’s kind of funny now, because it’s 10 years later,” Edwards said. “But I was protecting the game of football, the integrity of the game, the preparation and the things you have to do. When you commit to something there’s no tapping out.”
The speech gained relevancy not only for Edwards’ unforgettable tone, but also because of how well it worked. The Jets won seven of their final nine games to make the playoffs where they routed the Colts before losing to the Raiders.
“When the question was posed: ‘Are these guys going to quit? Not on my watch. You’re not allowed to do that, not even think about it,’” Edwards said this morning.
“I wanted to make sure we sent the message we were going to finish the season and finish it out the right way, and we were fortunate enough to win some games and make the playoffs.”
Herm Edwards played nine seasons in the NFL and coached another eight, but his lengthy career could be boiled down to six words: “You play to win the…