During his time as an active NFL player before joining the coaching staff, Herm Edwards was best known for a game in which, as a cornerback for the Philadelphia Eagles, he caught a fumble from Joe Pisarcik, then a quarterback for the New York Giants, and scored a touchdown for victory. The game was called “Miracle at the Meadowlands” in Philadelphia and “The Fumble” in the Big Apple. We talk about Herm Edwards, an American football coach and former NFL player, his life, his family, and his work from the dugout.
Herm Edwards’ Bio, Age
Herm was born on April 27, 1954, on an army base in Fort Monmouth, New York, as the son of his parents, Herman Edwards, Sr. (father), and his mother, Martha. His father was an African-American Master Sergeant in the United States Army. A veteran of the Second World War. His mother was German. His full name at the time of his birth was Herman Edwards Jr.
Raised as a Baptist, Edwards grew up in Seaside California, and when the time came for high school, he attended Monterey High School. He earned a degree in criminal justice from San Diego State University.
During his studies, Edwards played college football at the University of California in 1972 and 1974, at Monterey Peninsula Junior College in 1973, and in his final year at San Diego State University in 1975.
During his career in the National Football League (NFL), Edwards played for three teams. The first of these teams was the Philadelphia Eagles. Edwards spent nine seasons with the Eagles, from his debut in 1977 to his last game in 1985, during which time he played up to 135 regular-season games in a row.
In his nine years in Philadelphia, he never missed a single game. His time with the Eagles had some special moments, including a performance in the Super Bowl XV championship, the aforementioned “wonder of the meadows” in the 1978 season. With 33 interruptions in his career, he is one point behind the franchise record.
His time with the Eagles came to an end, however, when Buddy Ryan, then new head coach, dismissed him in 1986. In the same year, 1986, Edwards switched to the Los Angeles Rams and the Atlanta Falcons. Soon after, however, he decided to end his career soon after that year.
NFL Coaching Career
When he finished playing, Edwards took on a role as a defensive assistant in San Jose State from 1987 to 1989. After a stint as an NFL scout, he worked with the Kansas City Chiefs as a defensive backs coach under coach Marty Schottenheimer from 1990 to 1995. From 1996 to 2000 he was both Defensive Backs Coach and Assistant Coach with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers under Tony Dungy.
In January 2001 Herm Edwards was appointed head coach of the New York Jets. Edwards spent five years with the Jets and set a record 39-41 years. He implemented a 4 – 3 “Cover 2” defense system. This was not well received by the fans, but it worked, if only for a while.
In his first two years, Edwards made the playoffs, but could never really go one step further because the Oakland Raiders did their part to stop the momentum. In his last twenty regular games with the club, he had 5-15 tracks. The year 2005 marked the end for him after a year of injuries, including a bad game.
Edward’s departure from the Jets was anything but smooth, but he soon returned to coaching with the Kansas City Chiefs. In 2006, he took over and lost 23-10 at his coaching debut for his new team in a home game against the Cincinnati Bengals.
In 2006 he won 9 games, lost 7, and had no draw. The following year he won four games and lost 12, and in 2008, his last year with the Chiefs, he won two games and lost fourteen. His total record with both teams shows him winning 54 games and losing 74.
After being away from coaching for a while, Edwards returned and was appointed head coach of the Arizona State Football Team on December 3, 2017.
Herm Edwards is married to his wife, Lia Edwards. His union with Lia is blessed with two daughters, Gabrielle and Vivian. However, Edwards has another child from a previous relationship – a son, Marcus. Edwards is a believer who grew up as a Baptist but is now a practicing Catholic.