Texas A&M University-Kingsville’s University Lectureship Series welcomed one of the most outspoken voices in the game of football.
Former NFL player, head coach, and ESPN analyst Herm Edwards spoke heavily about opportunity, and challenged all those in attendance i
n Jones Auditorium to aim for success—while earning a college degree, and beyond, Feb. 24.
Edwards opened up “Your Life Plan” by playing a video to introduce himself to the packed crowd. The clips included some highlights of his from his nine-year career in the NFL as a defensive back for the Philadelphia Eagles, followed by his infamous sound bite, “You play to win the game,” during his tenure as Head Coach of the New York Jets at a press conference from many years ago.
When the lights flickered back on, Edwards walked on stage to ask the audience, “What is your life plan? What are you worried about?”
He then began to explain the importance of the college experience and how every person should maintain focus on the priorities that will guide them into a successful career, especially those on the verge of graduation.
“What I want everyone in these seats to do tonight, is to get out a sheet of paper when you get home,” exclaimed Edwards. “Write down the three most important things in your life in order. Those are the things you need to focus on going forward.”
Edwards continuously pushed the idea that social media should be used as more of a tool, than the distraction it has created for athletes and all who are consumed by the technological “crutch.”
“Answer this question for me; who is the fool? The fool, or the fool who follows the fool,” said Edwards in regard to frequent users of social media.
“Who looks worse? The person who tweets it out first, or the guy who sees it and proceeds to do the same? I’m telling you, do not do it! Don’t press send!”
Coach Edwards then closed with an anecdote about his past, and how his father’s namesake is the thing that continued to push him throughout his life since he was old enough to sweep a sidewalk.
“I appreciate everyone in this building tonight. I will be sure to pray for every single one of you before I lay my head to rest this evening.”
He thanked Javelina Nation for their warm welcome and accepted the gifts presented to him after his lecture had concluded, ending the night by taking pictures with all of his fans in attendance.
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