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EDWARDS THE "QUOTEMEISTER"

HERMAN EDWARDS of the New York Jets has developed quite a reputation as he prepares to head into his third season as head coach: that of a veritable "quotemeister."<BR><BR>

Ask him a question, and chances are you'll get back a memorable quote.

In fact, Edwards is so quotable that the Pro Football Writers of America honored him this year with their Horrigan Award for his "qualities and professional style in helping the pro football writers do their job." In addition to his charismatic Jets news conferences, he also does some motivational speaking for large corporations.

Edwards is fairly self-aware when it comes to his verbosity. "When I was 25 years old, I probably said some things I shouldn't have said," he recalls. "In this day and age, we can tame lions and tigers…but the tongue is the hardest thing to tame."

Some of Herman Edwards' most memorable lines:

-- "He can maul the tight end. If the police were watching him, they'd probably arrest him."

-- "It's up there. He's a huge human." (On how much Jets tackle CHESTER MC GLOCKTON weighs)

-- "Like those horses in Central Park, they have those blinders, no peripheral vision at all. Keep the blinders on. Here's the road, it's dark, don't worry about the light. It could be a train, it could be a flashlight. Trust what I am telling you, it is not a train.

-- "Character wins….They make the right decision when the pressure's on. Guys who have character keep their poise."

-- "Am I losing their respect? Are we that bad? Will I ever sleep again? Will anybody see me kick this mutt over that highway divider? It's up – good!"

-- "If I'm a player on this team and it's first down, I'm playing the run. Hello! Play the run. You better figure it out. Do I have to tell them that every play on first down. I hope not."

-- "Hello! You play to win. You play to win the game!"

-- "I'm an old-fashioned guy. I like to listen to the words" (On listening to a CD of The Temptations).


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