ESPN Analyst Lectures Wednesday

Former NFL coach Herm Edwards to deliver a passionate, motivational speech as part of University Lecture Series.


By Laura Kneski

USF News


TAMPA, Fla. (Jan. 15, 2013) – Motivational speaker, sports analyst and former NFL head coach Herm Edwards brings his passion and storytelling to the University of South Florida campus Wednesday.


His talk, part of the University Lecture Series, will focus on the importance of striving for success by taking advantage of personal, inherent talents and available resources.


ULS Executive Director Romel Boiser said that while what Edwards will be speaking on may seem obvious, sometimes it takes someone as well-known as Edwards to make the light bulbs turn on.


Edwards was chosen as the first Lecture Series visitor of the Spring semester for his motivational speaking skills. The ULS likes to start each semester with something motivational, helping to get the ball rolling – so to speak – as they welcome students back to campus.


“As a board, we wanted to revitalize ULS. We wanted to make it more personal for students,” said Boiser. “We want to have people who have both name recognition, but substance on what they speak about. With Herm we see he’s very progressive in how he works.”


Edwards’ lecture style has been described as similar to the way an athletic coach talks to his players. With a resume that includes head coaching stints with the New York Jets and the Kansas City Chiefs, as well as an assistant head coach for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the style comes naturally.


Prior to coaching, Edwards played professionally with the Philadelphia Eagles, Atlanta Falcons and Los Angeles Rams. He is currently a football analyst for the sports network, ESPN.


The lecture is expected to also tie in to the values instilled by Martin Luther King Jr. Edwards will speak on how nothing and no one can be a barrier to a person’s success. The nation marks King’s legacy with a national holiday on Monday.


“With the ideas that you have, the vision that he has, the experience that he’s gained from life, it ties in very well with the motivation, the goals, the vision of MLK,” Boiser said.


The ULS wants every student to benefit positively from each lecture, with take-aways that can be applied individually, locally and globally. As Rosario Dawson instilled an importance of community involvement, Giuliana and Bill Rancic encouraged audience members to strive through hardship before Jeff Corwin emphasized the Earth’s need to be preserved. Edwards’s lecture is just the next step in the process.


First year Biomedical Sciences student Sarosh Tamboli is intrigued by Edwards’s upcoming visit. He believes that it is important for college students to be motivated because the majority will end up facing some sort of obstacle, and Edwards’s words may act as an “extra push” to keep them going.


“He [Edwards] has always kind of been known as that motivational guy who can get people going and inspire people to do things. He has a really ‘win’ attitude. He knows what the ingredients are for success,” Tamboli says.


For those interested in meeting Edwards after the event, members of ULS staff will be issuing 50 free tickets on a first-come-first-serve basis to anyone who visits their office on Tuesday, Jan. 15. There is a limit of one ticket per person, and it guarantees the ticketholder one autograph and one picture with Edwards in the Centre Gallery after his presentation. Tickets will be issued on the second floor of the Marshall Student Center at the front desk in the Center for Student Involvement.


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