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Herm Edwards’ first news conference at Arizona State didn’t disappoint

Herm Edwards at his first news conference as Arizona State’s football coach.
Herm Edwards at his first news conference as Arizona State’s football coach.

Herm Edwards made quite a first impression.

On Monday, Edwards held his first news conference since being hired as Arizona State’s football coach. Edwards was known for his colorful ways when he coached the Chiefs, and that was the case Monday.

Here are some of the highlights from Edwards’ chat with the media.

Let’s start with one of the best moments. Arizona State’s mascot is the Sun Devils, and it’s not entirely clear that Edwards knows that. The reason for that thinking? A Devils Digest writer asked a question that started this exchange:

Edwards also offered up this gem as he paraphrased former Arizona State star Pat Tillman: “Football ignites my soul.”

Anthony Totri of the Arizona Republic noted this dichotomy in a tweet: “At one point Herm Edwards said the players aren't playing for the names on the back of their jerseys, rather they play for the name on the front (Sun Devils). He then went on to say that your last name is the single most important thing someone can represent.”

Edwards knows his history and he’s fired up to tell people about it:

Edwards is 63 years old, but he seemed eager to assure people that he’s “got a whole lot!”

Pete Grathoff: 816-234-4330, @pgrathoff

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