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Former New York Jets HC Herm Edwards tests positive for COVID-19

12 JAN 2003: New York Jets head coach Herm Edwards during a playoff game against the Oakland Raiders on Sunday January 12, 2003, in Oakland, CA.
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Former New York Jets head coach (and current Arizona State head man) Herm Edwards has recently tested positive for COVID-19.

Former New York Jets head coach Herm Edwards has tested positive for COVID-19.

Edwards, who’s currently the Arizona State University football head coach, released a statement Friday.

“First, I want to say that Lia, the girls and I are fine and I will be back quicker than you can say ‘Forks Up!’ Second, even with the marvelous care our medical professionals have provided for myself, my staff and my team over the past few months the virus still found me. So, I encourage all of you to take this virus seriously, to wear a mask, practice physical distancing and get tested whenever possible.

“As I’ve stated many times over, the health, safety and well-being of our student-athletes is absolutely paramount and we will not put them at risk. Our team has worked extremely hard to get to this point, and even played a game last weekend. We will continue to care for our students-athletes and follow all protocols very thoroughly as we prepare for our next game. Our team and coaching staff are disappointed, but we do understand what we are dealing with.”

Arizona State’s game against California this Saturday has been canceled.

Edwards, 66, was named Jets head coach in 2001 after Al Groh’s one and only season in the same position. In five seasons, Edwards made the playoffs three times, winning two games. His 39-41 career record with the organization ranks him fourth on the team’s all-time winning percentage list and tied for fourth in wins (Walt Michaels).

His “you play to win the game” rant in early 2002 set the stage for a struggling team to turn early misfortunes into one of the great end-of-season and early-playoff runs in franchise history.

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The former Philadelphia Eagles defensive back who once casually capitalized on one of the craziest fumbles in NFL history (Miracle at the Meadowlands) is now battling COVID-19.

Trey Wingo provided an update on Twitter:

The ASU-California game is just one of 13 college football games already canceled or postponed this weekend.

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