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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 190 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill; 1 edition (August 11, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0071445099
  • ISBN-13: 978-0071445092
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #491,442 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Powerful leadership lessons from one of today's most admired NFL coaches

Herman Edwards, head coach of the NFL's New York Jets, is that rare individual who could have willed himself to the top of virtually any profession he chose. In You Play to Win the Game, Edwards reveals the insights and ideas that led to his breakthrough success, and shows how anyone can maximize their potential and fulfill their own destiny.

"Five things come to mind when I think of when I think of Herman Edwards: First is leadership, second is vision, third is conviction, fourth is a passionate pursuit of personal excellence, and fifth is that he's rarely, if ever, satisfied with things as they are. And there a sixth that flows out of the fifth: He is a change agent."--NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue

As far back as he can remember, New York Jets head coach Herman Edwards has kept a notebook of ideas and observations he referred to as "Life Lessons." Whether they were philosophies gleaned from his closest friends or snippets of knowledge taken from people he'd never met, these carefully-chosen lessons provided Edwards with a consistent and dependable source of knowledge and insight on how to shoot for and reach the highest levels of success.

Judging by the results, they seem to have served him well.

You Play to Win the Game seamlessly integrates these often-profound lessons with firsthand experiences from Edwards's life and times. Edwards first presents each lesson, then relates in fascinating, personal detail how it has helped him to address difficulties and conquer doubts that stand between him and his goals. He also discusses how he has used the lessons to help not just himself but others--from fellow coaches and players to family and friends--form a clearer picture of what went wrong, why it went wrong, and what can be done to make it right in the future.

The result is a compelling guide to achievement in any field, whether you are starting from scratch or well underway and simply wondering how to take that all-important next step.

  • Make the will stronger than the skills
  • Don't waste energy on the unknowns
  • When you see opportunity, seize it
  • Understand that winning matters

These winning points, taken individually, can help you solve virtually any vexing or frustrating dilemma. Taken together they are nothing less than a template for true self-actualization.

Like all of us, Herman Edwards has always had dreams. The difference is that Edwards was able to turn his dreams into visions, and his visions into concrete realities. You Play to Win the Game will provide you with the motivating words and examples you need to follow his proven example, and create your own story of personal fulfillment and top-level achievement.

About the Author

Herman Edwards has spent the past three seasons as head coach of the New York Jets. Taking over a losing franchise, he led the Jets to back-to-back play-off appearances in 2001 and 2002, and became the first coach in team history with playoff berths in his first two seasons. A former standout NFL player for the Philadelphia Eagles, Edwards hosts the annual Herman Edwards Football Camp for underprivileged children in Sacramento, and is the first coach from the NFL's Minority Coaching Fellowship to become a head coach in the NFL.

Shelley Smith is an award-winning ESPN journalist, and was a Sports Illustrated writer and reporter for eight years.


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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Brad on September 26, 2005
Format: Hardcover
So far, so good. I had read that this was a "self-promoting" book by Herm Edwards. I guess I'm not sure how one can write a book about life experience they've gained without talking about ones self. I think he has insight on people skills and how to influence people. I saw a reference to John Maxwell, a leading leadership skills teacher, in his book. That tells me he's also a student of leadership skills. In my opinion, leadership can be learned, but it comes more naturally to some than others. Herm Edwards seems to be a natural...buy the book if your at all curious.
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Coach Edwards is just so Positive & Motivating. He really passes-along "Life Lessons" on How to become A Better Human being.
I would Recommend this book to ( everyone ) and Anyone who is Committed to Staying on The Positive Track in Life.
Its all about Constant Self-Improvement. I Love this Book & will Never be without it. ( worth every penny ).
Michael / Astoria / NYC
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Herm Edwards in conjunction with Shelley Smith have put together a delightful book offering many useful anecdotes and bits of advice for success in day-to-day life. The book is very easy to read and the stories are concise and accessible--easily translatable outside of the NFL world.

In some instances you would benefit from some football knowledge, however, assumedly you probably possess that given your draw to the book.

Herm's personality comes across in the writing, but is not overbearing, it is a pleasant read with a lot of suggestions and advice just about anyone can relate and benefit from a read.

In response to the 1-star reviews it appears that those writing tend have a dislike for Herm Edwards due to his coaching style or possibly his eventual departure from the Jets. Their justifications are not really sound, but rather obvious points one would pick when they were already convinced otherwise before they even opened the book. It is a shame that the solid lessons from this book were not obtained simply because of an unwillingness to like the author and thus hurting the overall book's rating.

Would highly recommend this book for everyone.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ed Bonchak on April 12, 2013
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I have read numerous books on leadership and give Coach Edwards an A+ for his practical, effective, and common sense approach to being a leader wherever you are in life. I'm a huge football fan, but this book uses examples of being a strong leader not only on the field but in your living room or at your job as well. By reading this book and using coach Edwards' tips and solutions to dealing with adversity in your life or helping others get through their struggles....You've already won!
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Wolfsohn on April 22, 2005
Format: Hardcover
This book is so motivational and inspiring. I loved it. Being in a leadership postion it has helped me to focus and help me keep my employees focused on the job at hand. I recommed this book to everyone in a leadership role. Terrific book.
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