Former Buccaneers coach and current ESPN analyst Herm Edwards took time to travel to Florida and speak to the rookies at the NFL’s rookie symposium this morning. Those of us in Tampa remember Edwards as a talented defensive backs coach under Tony Dungy, part of a staff that included future coaches such as Rod Marinelli, Lovie Smith, Mike Tomlin, Jim Caldwell, Edwards and even a young intern named Raheem Morris. Edwards has always been a fiery man and the speech he delivered to the rookies this morning is no exception. Striking on the theme from a Bronx Tale, Edwards tells this year’s class of rookies that the saddest thing in life is wasted talent.
“One thing about talent, you didn’t earn it. God gave it to ya, men. God gave you your talent. And let’s get that straight, it ain’t like you went somewhere and worked out and got some talent, God gave ya talent. And every single man in this room has talent… Now, does the production meet the talent?”
If this doens’t get you a little fired up to go put in some work, nothing will. Here is Edwards’ speech courtesy of ESPN.