IF YOU GO

What: Herm Edwards speaking at Piñon Hills Community Church

When: 9:30 and 11:15 a.m. Sunday

Where: 5101 N. Dustin Ave., Farmington

More info: Visit pinonhillschurch.com or call 505-325-4541

FARMINGTON — Herm Edwards, an ESPN football analyst and former NFL player and coach, will speak Sunday at Piñon Hills Community Church about his life and faith.

The visit by Edwards is the highlight of the church's kickoff to a new ministry year, timed to coincide with the start of school.

"It's a way to get people who have been disconnected a little bit plugged back into church," said Pastor John Morgan.

Last year, Piñon Hills hosted former NFL player Brian Dawkins.

Edwards will speak during the 9:30 a.m. and 11:15 a.m. services. Edwards is a popular motivational speaker who often delivers speeches on teamwork and leadership to major corporations. It will be his first visit to New Mexico.

"I believe that God has a plan for all of us, and we have to make sure we trust it and walk with it," he said. "We have to have discipline in our faith."

Edwards said faith is a common topic of discussion in the NFL.

"There's always a Bible study, generally, on every team," said Edwards, who resides in Carmel, Calif.

Edwards emphasizes the importance of honesty and integrity in his speeches.

"Each person must make a decision to act with integrity, and that decision will save your life," he said. "I believe your words and your life have to match up."

Morgan said Edwards is known for his "good Christian reputation."

"Herm Edwards is one of the best known in the NFL for being that kind of a guy," he said.

Edwards, a defensive back, played for the Philadelphia Eagles from 1977 to 1985. He also played for the Los Angeles Rams and Atlanta Falcons in 1986 before retiring.

Edwards served as head coach of the New York Jets from 2001 to 2005, and for the Kansas City Chiefs from 2006 to 2008, compiling a 54-74 record during the eight seasons.

The former player and coach has founded two youth organizations, the Herm Edwards Youth Foundation and the Herm Edwards Youth Football Camp. The organizations serve more than 1,000 kids per year.

American team head coach Herm Edwards cheers on his team during the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl on Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013, in Carson, Calif.
American team head coach Herm Edwards cheers on his team during the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl on Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013, in Carson, Calif. (Ric Tapia/AP Images for NFLPA)

Edwards will be available after the services to sign autographs, Morgan said.

"Certainly, we are excited to have him," Morgan said.

Chuck Slothower covers business for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4638 and cslothower@daily-times.com. Follow him @Dtchuck on Twitter.