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Reliving Herm Edwards' 'You play to win the game' speech

Herm Edwards directs a play from the sidelines

Herm Edwards directs a play from the sidelines in the first quarter of a Jets' game against the Giants at Giants Stadium. (Credit: Paul J. Bereswill, 2003)

Today marks the 10th anniversary of former Jets head coach Herm Edwards’ “You play to win the game” rant during a press conference.

After opening the 2002 season with an overtime win over the Buffalo Bills, the Jets lost four straight before their bye in Week 6. At the time of Edwards' outburst, the Jets were 2-5 and coming off a 24-21 loss at home to the Cleveland Browns.

“This is what the greatest thing about sports is: You play to win the game. Hello! You play to win the game,” Edwards said to the media on Oct. 30, 2002.

The sound bite has been a viral hit ever since, even landing in a famed Coors Light commercial series that parodied NFL coaches. Click here to view the original clip.

And for more enjoyment, pass over the first 25 seconds of the video below for a highlight reel of Edwards during press conferences.

Tags: Herm Edwards , Jets , NFL

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