Eagles great Herm Edwards says he 'still bleeds green' despite 49ers friendship

Adam Hermann
NBC Sports Philadelphia

Former Eagles cornerback Herm Edwards has lived a rich football life in a number of different time zones, so he'd be excused if picking a favorite team was a tough one.

But it doesn't seem like Edwards has any trouble choosing the team that has stuck with him, decades later: it's still the Eagles.

Edwards appeared on NBC Sports Bay Area's 49ers Insider Podcast this week to discuss first-round wide receiver Brandon Aiyuk, whom Edwards coached at Arizona State.

Edwards talked regularly with 49ers general manager John Lynch, a good friend from their days with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, about Aiyuk leading up to the draft, and Edwards said during the podcast that he's become a 49ers fan since Lynch took over as the 49ers general manager in 2017.

But, he explained to Bay Area's Matt Maiocco, he hasn't left his Philly roots behind:

Edwards: I'm a 49ers guy. When John took over that job, obviously, is when I became a 49ers fan, so I'm wishing all those guys luck in that organization.

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Maiocco: Do you wish you ever got a chance here?

Edwards: You know, I was a West Coast guy, but I still bleed green. I made my hay in Philadelphia. So I'm okay. It would've been fun to play for the home team, but it all works out.

Edwards spent nine excellent seasons with the Eagles, racking up 33 interceptions with the Birds and appearing in Super Bowl XV, and is of course best known for his touchdown in the original Miracle at the Meadowlands. 

That Edwards, who grew up on the West Coast, coached in the NFL in New York and Kansas City, and is now back out West at Arizona State, still cherishes his time with the Eagles so dearly is pretty awesome, and speaks volumes to the incredible football culture right here in Philly.

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