Herm Edwards to Headline 49th All Sports Banquet

FORT WALTON BEACH, Fla. – All Sports Association President Bernard Johnson proudly announces that the keynote speaker for the association’s 49th Banquet is former NFL player and coach and current ESPN analyst, Herm Edwards.

“His natural passion and zeal for life will translate in his words of inspiration for all,” said  Johnson, who also praised the military background of Edwards’ family. “The Association does many things to invest in the community and into the lives of our youth. Coach Herm’s efforts aligns with our vision and we are honored to share our event with him.

The Wuerffel Trophy, known as “College Football’s Premier Award for Community Service,” is presented annually at the All Sports Association’s Annual Banquet.

Whether it is his faith, his family or his football team, Herman Edwards exudes passion in all areas of life. That energetic and enthusiastic attitude best defines the way Edwards approaches his role as a studio NFL analyst for ESPN. Edwards’ voice is fully integrated into all of the network’s platforms, from radio and digital to television. Edwards utilizes his diverse background in pro football to be one of the most informed and educated analysts on television today. In 2013, Edwards was named ESPN’s Commentator of the Year.

2018 All Sports Association Banquet Keynote Speaker, Herm Edwards (photo ESPN)

Also in 2013, Edwards joined elite company as a recipient of the Walter Camp Man of the Year Award. Most recently, Edwards was honored with the 2015 Shell Legacy Award, a recognition celebrating individuals with a legacy of charitable giving. Other notable marks in his career include speaking at the NFL Rookie Symposium and being featured on ESPN’s ‘Back to School’ segment in which he returned to his high school alma mater to coach for a day.  In October of 2015, Edwards agreed to join the newly formed Major League Football Senior Advisor which is set to kick off in spring of 2017.

Edwards is a military brat whose father served over two decades in the Army. Born in Fort Monmouth, New Jersey but raised in Monterey, CA, Edwards enjoyed a 10-year professional playing career from 1977-86, spending the first nine of those seasons with the Philadelphia Eagles. He earned second-team All-NFC honors in 1980 and played an instrumental role on a hard-hitting Philadelphia defense that helped boost the Eagles to a berth in Super Bowl XV that season.

He totaled 33 interceptions for 98 yards with one TD during his tenure with that franchise. His 33 career INTs rank as the third-best in Eagles history, just one from the team record of 34. A shining example of dedication, Edwards never missed a game in his nine-year career with the Eagles. Edwards claim to fame was picking up the loose fumble by NY Giants QB Joe Pisarcik on the play known as the “The Miracle at the Meadowlands.”

Edwards concluded his NFL playing career in 1986 and secured his first NFL job with the Kansas City Chiefs in ‘89 as the recipient of the club’s Minority Coaching Fellowship. Edwards is the first graduate of the fellowship to become the head coach of the franchise for which he served his fellowship.

Beginning his coaching career as defensive backs coach at San Jose State (1987-89), Edwards later returned to Kansas City as the defensive backs coach from 1992-94. After a one-year stint as a pro personnel scout with Kansas City in ‘95, Edwards moved with Tony Dungy to Tampa Bay in 1996.

In 2001, Edwards departed Tampa Bay to become head coach of the New York Jets. In five seasons as the Jets head coach, Edwards compiled a 39-41 record. Edwards was on the sideline for five postseason contests with the Jets, the best total of any coach in team annals. He registered 35 victories with the Jets from ’01-’04, tying Joe Walton (’83-’86) for the most regular season wins by any coach in his initial four years with the team. Edwards also led the N.Y. Jets to the postseason in his first campaign with the squad.

Edwards rejoined the Chiefs in 2006, becoming the first head coach in franchise history to guide Kansas City to the playoffs in his initial season with the club. In his debut campaign, Edwards posted a 9-7 overall record, tying the mark of most victories by a first-year coach in franchise history.

The Wuerffel Trophy, known as “College Football’s Premier Award for Community Service,” is presented annually at the All Sports Association’s Annual Banquet.

Past winners of the Wuerffel Trophy are: 2016 Trevor Knight, Texas A&M University; 2015 Ty Darlington, University of Oklahoma; 2014 Deterrian Shackelford, University of Mississippi; 2013 Gabe Ikard, University of Oklahoma; 2012 Matt Barkley, University of Southern California; 2011 Barrett Jones, University of Alabama; 2010 Sam Acho, University of Texas; 2009 Tim Hiller, Western Michigan University; 2008 Tim Tebow, University of Florida; 2007 Paul Smith, University of Tulsa; 2006 Joel Penton, Ohio State University; and 2005 Rudy Niswanger, Louisiana State University.

The Wuerffel Trophy is a member of the National College Football Awards Association, which encompasses the most prestigious awards in college football. The 23 awards boast more than 700 years of tradition-selection excellence. For more information, go to www.NCFAA.org.

The Wuerffel Trophy is supported by its corporate partners, Dart Container Corporation/Solo Cup and Herff Jones.

 

2017-11-08T09:11:34+00:00 November 5th, 2017|By Wuerffel Trophy, Home, Press Releases|

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