ESPN analyst and former NY Jets head coach Herm Edwards got after the NFL rookies today during a speech at the NFL Rookie Symposium.
Just as Edwards spoke to the rookies, plenty of you coaches will soon be laying the expectations to a new batch of freshmen.
We thought Edwards’ speech might be entertaining to you.
Herm reminded the rookies to pay attention before saying, “This is free information. A lot of things in life are not free. This is free.”
His central message was, “The only thing you can control…you be ready to go.”
“It doesn’t really matter when you got drafted. I was not drafted. I was a free agent. Played ten years, never missed a game, never missed a practice. I was available. I was ready to go when they said they’re going to kick the ball off.”
“It’s your job, men. Understand what I’m saying. It’s your job.”
He then reminded the rookies to look at the (NFL) shield. “It’s not a right but a privilege to play and coach in the National Football League. Make sure you read the privilege part.”
He closed by reminded the players that coaches always ask themselves, “Does the production meet the talent?”
He encouraged the players to take advantage of their talent, something that God gave you, not something you earned. The only way to screw it up is to become distracted or for the game to become unimportant to you.